Moving to Spain?

When you think of Spain, bulls and flamenco dancing come to mind. But the country has so much more to offer its citizens and visitors than those activities. It’s the largest Southern European country, Spanish is the second most spoken native language after Mandarin Chinese and has the third largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the country. There is so much history and culture to experience and explore in Spain, so here are just some of the things that you can expect when you’re travelling or thinking about moving to this glorious country.

 

Please note that this article offers recommendations. It does not constitute as legal advice. If you are planning to move to Malaysia, please seek professional legal assistance.

 

Language

This is a substantial part of how well you can integrate into local life and interact with the citizens of Spain. Knowing how to speak a little Spanish can get you far, but speaking fluently opens a great many doors for you. Even if you don’t know much of the language, you can still find companies, especially the internationally operated ones, that speak English, however you have to actively search for these and they might be a little competitive. There are also stores that may have staff that speak English so that you know what you’re buying. Despite this, it’s a good idea to at least think about learning the language so that you can better communicate with the locals and really get the full experience of the Spanish way of life.

Celebrating Cultural Events

The local communities love a good party and you may be surprised at how enthusiastic they can get when cultural events such as the Saints’ Days, Easter and National Days come around. You can expect a lot of parading, dancing in the street and colourful costumes that will blind you in the best of ways. The whole community comes together to celebrate and this strengthens their ties to each other. If you have just moved to the country, you are officially a part of the festivities, so enjoy it as much as you can and get to know what these days mean to the Spanish citizens.

Money and Healthcare

Money is an important thing when you’re travelling overseas and especially when you’re thinking of moving to another country. It’s a very good idea to see how your current country dollar compares to the Euro that they use in Spain. Spanish rent prices are significantly lower than those of Australia, however it’s imperative that you research thoroughly before moving, as you don’t want to make a rash decision before considering all the variables first.

 

Spain has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, ranking 7th according to the World Health Organisation. Patients don’t have to pay for services except for transactions in order to obtain prescription drugs. While the quality of care is exemplary, there might be a long waiting time, especially for specialists.

Where to Live

There are so many places in Spain to choose from, whether it be in a thriving city or in a bountiful rural town. Finding the place that suits your lifestyle and what you want to do is a fun and exciting adventure. Travelling around the country is a great way to narrow down your search, as you get to experience a little bit of everything before settling down. If you’re into bustling cities, fashion and large cultural events, Barcelona is the city to be in. Costa Blanca is an ideal place if you enjoy coastal towns, beaches and secret coves to explore in the summertime. If you enjoy the mountains and lots of historical buildings to tour, Granada is a wonderful place that makes both locals and tourists sigh at the sites.

Try and Experience New Things

This might be a given in every country you visit, but if you’re going to live in Spain, it makes sense to give everything a fair go. Try flamenco dancing classes and dance with people in the street, eat tapas from every bar you visit, walk along Las Ramblas and enjoy the road made exclusively for pedestrians. There are so many things that you can do in the amazing and beautiful Spain, and your living there will leave you plenty of time to experience a new activity every day. You can even have a go at the biggest food fight in the world, La Tomatina, where participants squeeze tomatoes before throwing them at others, making sure no one gets injured in the very fun process.

 

When moving across the world, storage becomes an issue. If you’re thinking about moving some of your belongings with you, renting a storage space for a while might be a good idea. In the coming months leading up to your move, you’ll have everything you want to take locked safely in storage so that when the time comes, you will be able to just move it all in one go. Spacer can help you with this and you have the option of finding a space within your local area or wherever you desire, to make the move that much easier for you. Have a browse through the listings available to you on our search page and choose one based on the essential requirements that you’d like your space to have. Safe travels and happy adventuring!

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