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What does it take to move to Spain

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Emigrate to, relocate to, move to Spain – whichever way you say it, can sound a massive deal. For some it is, but for others, it can be very simple.

What does it take to move to Spain

For us… moving to Lanzarote went very smoothly – moving from there to Almeria was more complicated (by that time we had three dogs to consider) but not too bad compared to some. Were we lucky? No – we firmly believe that you make your own luck. We simply did our research and went ahead with our eyes wide open.

Everyone has their own reasons for moving to Spain. For us it was simply a change of lifestyle we wanted – less stress at work, no more time-consuming commutes, less crime, lower taxes (UK taxes are just turning into extortion!), and a lot less of plenty of other negative aspects…!

Most of our family and friends were really supportive and enthusiastic about the whole thing. A couple of friends were a little sceptical. We’re sure some were thinking “they’ll be back before long,” and a good number of others were very quick to say, “We wish we could do that,” as though somehow it was an insurmountable challenge. We disagree – if you want something enough you’ll just make it happen and not allow anything to get in your way. We are now almost a decade in and we haven’t returned. We were that determined! It hasn’t always been easy of course, but we’re a driven and determined pair.

What does it take to move to Spain?

Certainly from the EU, anyone can move to Spain (at the moment anyway), or anywhere else within Europe – but, you do need most of the following to succeed…

  • A good wedge of money behind you as a cushion.
  • Determination to succeed.
  • A sense of adventure.
  • Resilience.
  • Adaptability.
  • A little imagination.
  • An open mind.
  • …and some balls!

If you want something enough you can usually make it happen! But before taking the big step think long and hard, especially if family and young ones are involved – its not just a pipe dream or a passing fancy. Lose the rose-tinted spectacles, accept that it’s not an extended holiday, and be ready for a bit of a baptism by fire for a while.

About your questions…

Sorry – but we do not offer relocation advice on an individual basis through Spain Buddy. There are a number of relocation experts who are better placed to advise you on your new life in sunny Spain.

3 Responses to What does it take to move to Spain

  1. Miguel April 16, 2016 at 11:51 am

    We are in Ireland and we thinking going to Lanzarote, im Portuguese and my partner Irish, got 2 kids one is 6 and girl is 2, i am lorry driver and she is cake decorating and she speaks portuguese/ spanish, i been to Lanzarote few times, and i from Algarve, very similar, we thinking of 15000€ to take, pay 6 months rent because we have no history in the country, get small car, should be enough? Thanks

  2. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper April 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Hi Miguel. Yes it should be enough. However, we recommend that you speak to an expert in Lanzarote to find out how much money you need in your bank account to gain residency (the rules do change). If you’re not worried about getting residency straight away, then you should have work by then and will be able to prove an income.
    Your language skills will be a massive benefit to you!
    Good luck with the move!
    E x

  3. Tristan rowland December 12, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I would love to move to Spain in the future

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