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So you have made the decision that you want to move abroad, and you have picked your destination as Spain. In this article I am going to give you my own experience of moving to Spain and try and explain the most important things you need to know before you make the move.

The first thing you should do when you have made you decision to move to Spain is to try and learn a few basic words and phrases, you may consider taking Spanish course at night school or doing an online course, which ever step you decide learning the basic Spanish language will help you tremendously both in your research and your move.

The next step is to decide which area you would like to live in, if you have already visited Spain you have probably made this decision already. My experience is based on Andalusia and the Costa Del Sol, where I have now lived for the past eight years and do not regret my decision to move here for one minute. The Andalusia people are very friendly and laid back Manana is their favourite word.

Next you need to decide whether to buy or rent a property. My suggestion is to rent first for at least the first twelve months because after this time you will know whether living in Spain is for you. Rental agreements in Spain are for 11 months after this you will get the option to either renew your rental or terminate it so if you decided living is Spain isn’t for you then there is no problem you just don’t renew your rental agreement and return to you home Country. I know of lots of people that have come over here, bought and property and then decided that they hate it and want to go home but they can’t do this until they have sold their property and they have ended up very unhappy and homesick. I would say that choosing to rent or to buy is the biggest decision to consider

Now you should do your research, read up on the area, look at properties that are available to rent or buy so that when you do make your decision to move or not to move you know exactly where you are moving to and what to expect when you get there. Having said that you will not know what it is really like until you are actually there.

Next consider what kind of work you would like to do if for instance you have worked in and office all you r life like me then if you don’t speak fluent Spanish you will find it difficult to find a job and will have to consider doing something else like maybe working in a bar or restaurant where most of the clientele speak your own language, this is the best option to begin with until you are more familiar with the place. Also take into consideration that work can be very seasonal and you may struggle in the winter so try to have a back up just in case you get laid off in the winter.

These are the basic things to do before you make the move to Spain, so here is your checklist. 1. Learn basic Spanish, 2. Decide whether you want to buy or rent (I would suggest renting first in case you don’t like living in Spain or you have chosen the wrong area to live) 3. Do research on the area you have chosen, places of interest, the culture, is it a tourist area and would you be able to find work. 4. Decide what work you want to do, check the local newspapers in the area to see what jobs are advertised. You should be able to do this online as most newspapers have a website. Ok so all that done, your decision is made and the next step is to make the move to Spain, my next article will be about making the move to Spain and what you have to do once you are there.


Street Talk

Great article. Love Spain and glad to hear that you've lived there happily for 8 years.

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  about 5 years ago
Gary2  

Great Article Pam Gary

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  about 6 years ago

Just an fyi - there is a typo in the first word of your article.

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  about 6 years ago
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