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So your thinking of moving aboard/overseas ? That is great but your unsure where to move , well that is understandable the world is a large place with many many fabulous countries
And yes you can call us biased (As moving people to Spain is what we do ) (But we also live in Spain so )
Have you concerned Spain ?
Well You Should
Easy to reach
For one it is only a few hours by plane from the UK with regular flights from many UK airports to many Spanish airports so unlike some further afield destinations it is easy to still visit family back in the UK and for them to visit you. (And this is also true of many other European countries but that is okay while this blog article is about Spain we do also cover places like France and Portugal ) And depending on the route it is just over a days drive as well to Spain. So you're never far in that sense from the UK and Family and friends
(Plus it is also easy to move to as ourselves and many other movers offer it as a regular service between Spain and the UK)
Oh but I might miss British food (this is more a quick throw away point ) As Spain is home to Many British people all over the place (But which part of Spain is right for me (Read part 1 here of that article ) Well as Spain is home to many British people you will in many areas find British food shops and even many of the main supermarkets will stock British food
Lower Property prices
Well as you can guess in our work we see a wide range of properties as we move people in, and one thing people will say is oh it cost x or Y and well I sold my UK home and brought this and have money left over, so what your say, maybe the home is smaller, well 99% of the time it is actual larger than what they had preciously and often even has a pool
And yes while in Spain property prices are higher on the coast than in land, in most cases your money will spread a lot further when buying or renting in Spain
Lower cost of living/Shopping
And talking of money going further, in Spain the average living cost is a lot lower than the UK, again this is though both personal experience and customer comments and how much more they can buy at the supermarket and how that includes more luxury products than than would have in the UK and even after converting the money they spent less than they would in the UK for more
And again it is worth noting that this is very true on your fruit and vegetables (Which are often best brought from your towns weekly market) and as we all may know many of the fruit and vegetables you buy in the UK come from Spain so you will likely notice how fresh it is as of course it has not travelled as far and was more recently growing )
Also worth noting is that many people ourselves included find they pay less in Euros for the same sort of internet usage volumes than they would in the UK
The great weather
Well this point is a well known one but many areas of Spain average 320 days or so a year of sunshine, so Spain is ideal for those of us who love the sunshine (And combined with the closeness though air travel to the UK it is a place some people make home all year round for that reason or just to escape the winter in places like the UK or Norway (As We know several people from that region who do that) and as many thou not all Spanish Regions have winters with day time averages of 20 c it is not hard to see why (But wait you say Spain gets Snow and gets cold , well yes in the winter the nights are cold that is true (But in some regions cases it only feels cold due to the day time to night time temperature differences ) any way back to Snow yes Spain gets Snow often just in the higher peaks ere you find the ski resorts and some regions up north )
Well it is often said the Spanish know how to party, and that sure is true, Spain has many festivals and parades though out the year.
And theses festivals cover a wide range of themes from Christmas to Easter to Historical events like the Moors and Christian festivals many towns along the med hold (but only in regions where there was battles between the two groups)
And every town has a town festival every year which is about a week long and a mix of a fair and party/carnival
And while not sure if this should be under the heading Culture or not it is not unusual here in Spain for people to say Hola as you pass them in the Street
Thank you for reading
And if you have moved to Spain and an not see an advantages you would say is one of the plus/advantageous of living in Spain please add a comment
As I know there are many more of them so plan to expand this peice as a second part soon
(Moving is among the most stressful things do in our lives , and of course this is also true for your children. Who depending on their age may be leaving the on home they have ever known, but even if they have moved before they are leaving a place they know well for some where new, And of course depending on how far they are moving they may be leaving friends behind, going to a new school etc . And these are among the factors that can make moving stressful for children of all ages
When it comes to leaving friends behind there is a simple trick here firstly they can easily chat to them on Facebook , Skype and the likes so can stay in contact with friends that they wish to.
It is also a new opportunity for them to meet and make new friends as well (Which can be a thing children are worried about what if I can't make new friends or fit in etc) (I mean we all know what the first day in a new job can be like but multiply this in many ways for a kid in a new school, if in a new area or even a new country )
I would suggest where ever possible and practical to let your children see the new house before hand (If your for example moving to Spain do your viewing trip during School Holidays so you can bring the children with you ) and again where possible let them explore the area a bit while there. And listen to their comments and suggestions let them feel like they have a say don't exclude them
And talking of letting them explore the area a bit when your viewing new houses, I suggest letting them also get online and look the area up as well so they can be like oh cool it has x y z and I love those things.
And if your moving to a place like Spain don't be scared to let your children play with the local children, it in fact will not only help them feel more comfortable with the area as a rule it will also help them learn the local language
And talking of learning the local language your children depending on their age will most likely pick it up before you but learn together and have fun learning it as a family
Have you found a home you like ? Great let the children see it let them be like oh can this be my room? let them think oh where can I put x picture etc again keep them involved
One tip I read from an other source which was discussing this topic in regards army children was unpack the children's room first as this will help them feel at home quicker as they can make their new room their old room sort of unless they want to of course go in a different direction as everyone is different
The same source also suggested that you put things like your pictures up as soon as possible for the same reason (The mentioned Source https://childmind.org/article/advice-for-moving-with-children/ )
Also talking of getting your children involved where possible get them involved in the packing,let them pack there own toys and games when ever possible and with younger children, don't pack the toys until the last moment.
And let your kids decorate their boxes after they packed them so they can spot them easier when unpacking,plus they will spot them on the removals vehicle and know they have arrived,plus t is fun for the younger kids as well
And Talking of packing let your children also help pack other things than just their toys if you fell they are old enough to help in that way let them, as they will like to feel involved and not excluded, plus it will help you spread the workload
Maybe have a list of tasks for the children to do that they helped write again this will depend on your children and if you fell this will help them, but if they are helping pack make sure they know what they are meant to be doing and not doing
And with younger children maybe keep a toy or two about that they can play with on the moving day as this can distract them form their boredom which is bound to develop
But as we all know Children are adaptable and love as a rule of thumb an adventure and moving can be that for them if handled correctly, so make sure they know whats going on.
This is only a few hints and tips and there is lot and lots more so feel free to drop a comment with things you found helpful
And I have kept it quite general as of course some tips are going to be more applicable to a certain age group
But Don't be scared to move overseas with your children many many people have over the years and not looked back
It is an often quoted fact that moving home is among the most stress full things we do in our lives, so who must it be for your dog or cat or pets ? Well it can and is often stressful for them as to them it seems like something amiss is going on something they don't understand. (So be patient with them before during and after the move,and I mean more so them normal as it is normal and natural for them to be put out of sorts and act strange )
But that does not mean there are not things you can do to make it less stressful for them.
See more general moving and packing tips and some additional tips on pets during moves on the main tips page
We have over 90 + tips here on the website to help make your move easier https://www.europeanrelocationservices.co.uk/tips.html
When taping your boxes up it is a good idea to tape to half way down the box not just a past the top as that way when taped half way down the tape is more securely attached to the box
Ashley R Clark