Spain is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations; furthermore attraction of Spain’s climate, culture, beauty, cost and standard of living attracts record numbers of expatriates to relocate to its shores every year and country already has an estimated 1.5 million foreign residents in situ.
But there’s a darker side to moving abroad that few people ever consider – did you know that last year 191,000 people relocated overseas from UK…and 105,000 Britons also returned to UK last year having failed to establish their new life overseas?
Some people simply fail to survive a move overseas and it certainly isn’t a case of “no going back” for thousands of disillusioned people who flock ‘home’ to their mother country year after year…therefore if you’re thinking of moving to Spain you need to understand main reasons people cite when they return. By understanding these reasons you will avoid pitfalls and pain and succeed where others may fail thereby fulfilling your dreams of a new life in Spain.
The Practicality of Your Location
You need to make sure that you choose very best location in Spain to fulfil your practical needs on a day to day basis.
Consider accessibility of a location for family and friends to visit you and for you to reach a doctor, supermarket, a school or even a hairdresser. Find your perfect location, location, location by visiting areas you’re interested in and considering them thoroughly from point of view of how easy and practical your day to day life there will be.
Accessibility & Homesickness
Wherever you choose to live, consider accessibility of location with your old home country in mind. Sure, you may be sick of sight of certain people right now but you never know what tomorrow will bring and how are you going to feel if you can’t get back to visit, or if important people in your life can’t afford to visit you?
Spain is very well serviced by airports and cheap airlines, it has one of cheapest rail networks in whole of Europe and Spanish government spends millions each year on travel and transport infrastructure so wherever you choose to locate you should never be so far away from decent transportation. But do bear this point in mind as ‘homesickness’ and ‘inaccessibility’ are some of main reasons people cite when they give up on their dream of a new life abroad.
The first two years in any new country are by far hardest…it takes this amount of time to build up enough knowledge of local areas, customs, people and language to make your new house feel like ‘home’.