Expat shares his top tip for avoiding “frustrating times” when moving to Spain “They cost 2 for a penny!” | Travel News | To travel
Maddie lived in Dubai for four years before deciding to move to Spain during the pandemic. She found a job as a teacher in the Valencia region, near the Costa Blanca, and has been enjoying life there since 2020.
Maddie shared with Express.co.uk her top tips for moving to Spain.
She explained, “Top tip, do your research in the area!
“Do you want to live on the coast or inland? Spain is BIG.
“It can take an hour to drive 20 miles inland as there are many mountain roads to travel!
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“What seems switchable really isn’t,” she said.
Maddie continued, “What about the community? Expat or not? Blend? Easy connection to airports?
“If you can work online really look at the cost of working from home as you will need a non-profit visa etc which means you will need to prove a high level of savings.
“If you find a job, it’s unlikely outside the real tourist areas without a) being fluent in Spanish and b) if you’re from the UK, it’s doubly unlikely.”
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Maddie shared what her first few weeks in the country were like: “It can be daunting moving to a new country, but I always try to plan reasonably well so things don’t jump out at me. say car rental sorted, a place to stay (initially got this through contact through work).
“It was more stressful this time around in 2020 as I had just moved from Dubai and it was HARD to get out of there in one piece both with everything legal sorted and with the salary due actually paid!
“I was only back in the UK for a month, then Spain. Then a new managerial position with all the pressures etc of getting to know both the workplace and the community.
“I spent the first few weeks both getting up to speed with work while relaxing exploring the community (helped that it was hot and summery) after a really unusual and stressful few months of lockdown in Dubai. bought a lot of stuff to add to the two suitcases I brought with me,” she said.