Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Moving To Spain

13 March 2017 0 Comments Category: blog, Just Landed

Living abroad is not an easy task, so before you make any decision you must ask yourself: why are you making this big decision? Is it because you’re looking for career progression or because you’re looking for a more relaxed lifestyle?

Asking the right questions is as important as it is to organize every part of the process of moving to another country. You don’t want to be surprised by the unexpected in your new city.

But we are not going to leave you alone in this process—we are going to help you because moving to Spain is one of the best decisions you will ever make.

 

Why this place?

 

Spain is not only sun and beautiful beaches, but we are not going to lie either—the fact that this country has 300 sunny days a year makes the decision easier. Lots of EU citizens come here every year for their holidays and to get away from their cloudy cities, and they completely fall in love with our lifestyle.

Other expats start visiting because a friend or family member are residing in Spain and they hear so many good things about it, and sometimes it makes you wonder … What am I missing?

Yes, Spain has its problems, like any other country. There are autonomous communities that are seeking their independence and several other issues that need to be fixed, but if you think about day-to-day life, you may forget about those things because your life starts changing a lot; some say that their lives have led them to adopt a more relaxed way of seeing things.

Spaniards will normally give you a warm welcome and there are many job opportunities for those who can speak English or other languages. It’s important that you also learn your local language—Spaniards are not that great when it comes to speaking English.

You’ll have to get used to meal hours (that might be hard) and also get your paperwork done …

Here are two expats who can tell you more about their new life in Spain:

 

My personal belief is that Spain offers Europeans the best place worldwide to live; what better than living in an international community with culture at its heart.  In Andalucia we enjoy Festivos, Ferias, Flamenco and great food with a little bit of Rioja thrown and yet easy transport links to our family and friends in the UK and the rest of the World. ― Ali Meehan from CostaWomen.

 

I moved because since I was 5 years old I’ve had an emotional attachment with this country. I visited Mallorca with my parents and told them that I didn’t want to go back to the Netherlands, I was so happy and enjoyed that holiday tremendously. ― Barbara de Swaan from The Netherlands.

 

What are the benefits?

 

 

        • First, learning a new language (of course, if you want to). You can learn Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Gallego and many others.
        • Access to public healthcare.
        • Actually finding out if others are right about Spain: one of the best places to live in and retire in Europe.
        • Recently, Madrid was named one of the best cities to party, so for those who are looking for a new home that is awake 24/7, the Spanish capital can be one of the best choices for you.
        • A cheaper lifestyle.
        • The abundance of practical work experience.
        • And lots of fiesta culture.

 

Coming from a tiny city in the north of Ireland that seems to be permanently under a rain cloud, the Spanish climate is a welcome change. I love being spoiled for choice when it comes to art, music and food as opposed to my home city where there is one museum, a severe drought of gigs and the norm is to have potatoes with every meal. ― James Logue from Northern Ireland.

 

I’ve been here for almost 6 years and every year I fall more in love.  There’s an energy and vibrance to the city that cannot be compared to any other I have ever experienced.  It’s a safe, easy, livable city.  The transportation is amazing, people are friendly, the options of entertainment and social events are limitless.  What more could you ask for?  Spain feels more like home to me than Canada, though I do enjoy visiting my city – Calgary – a couple times a year.  I think I definitely have learned to go with the flow a bit more and take life one day at a time. ― Tricia Audette from Canada.

 

Long term or short term?

 

For this question we are going to quote several expats:

 

I came to Spain after completing a Spanish course in Valladolid during my university years, mainly because I wanted to improve my language skills and live another year in Spain. The opportunity came up to teach English in Sevilla, so I came to stay for one academic year, after which I go back to Chicago, my hometown, and start my career in journalism. Nine years have passed since then and Spain is my home – at this point in time, I don’t have any intention of returning to the US.   ― Cat Gaa from Sunshine And Siestas.

 

I’ve been living in Spain for almost 10 years now. Everything started like a game for me; I actually came here because of my Erasmus year and since then I’ve never left. The years passed and I realized that I had a lot in common with the Spanish people.” ― Salvatore Cospito from Italy.

 

I first came to Spain to study Spanish. I was working in a travel agency and they offered me a three month course in Malaga. When the course ended, my girlfriend thought about moving to Madrid and I came with her for a 6 month plan. That was 9 years ago and we’ve been here ever since. ―  Andrej Zupanc from Slovenia.

 

We hope that this quotes can help you and your family make the decision, we are here waiting for you with our open arms, with a caña and a tapa.

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