Moving to Spain may seem like it will be a 24/7 holiday but, the fact is no place is. There are elements of the move that will be idealistic, which probably relates to why you want to make such a big change in the first place. However, for ultimate relocation longevity, it is important to be realistic and understand areas of the move that may be a little more challenging.
And don’t forget about the physical practicalities of moving all of your possessions from one country to another. If you are not fortunate enough to have a relocation agent dealing with all of that for you then, at least, use a removals company that specialises in international removals such as PackAndGo (see www.packandgo.co.uk)
Here are 5 things you need to know before moving to Spain:
1.The Systems Won't Work As Quickly
You might be used to the way systems work in the UK, and you may even find they are slow. In Spain, you can expect a much slower and in some instances, almost nonsensical system. Of course the systems work and the officials are exceptionally friendly, but you should be prepared for plenty of unexpected complications, a constant need for paperwork you never thought you needed, and lots of waiting time whenever you're working through any official system. And if your Spanish isn't particularly good then you are likely to need translation of legal documents which can add even more time to the process.
2. Driving Can Be Dangerous
Spanish roads are great, but the way that locals drive can be quite eye-opening and a little scary at times. It is important to understand that there will be some getting used to the way the roads work in Spain, especially if you're new to driving in Europe altogether.
3. Everyone Else Loves Spain Too
In any popular holiday location, you have to expect what will be your home, to be jam-packed full of tourists in high season, 82 million per year to be exact. There are some ways around this, such as sourcing the beaches and areas the locals use, but, there will be some element of sharing as part of living in such a lovely part of the world.
4. Time Doesn't Run To UK Time
Spanish time is quite relaxed and lots of places still have a siesta, which is an afternoon break. If you're used to a fast pace of life where everything is open 24/7 it may take some adjustment to get used to a more sleepy pace of life, but if you embrace it, you might find slowing down is actually rather lovely.
5. You Won't Get Anything Done In Summer
If you're moving and expecting a house you have bought to be done up, perhaps a new kitchen or some landscaping, don't expect that to be done in Summer. In Spain, things don't work that way and in Summer, everyone is either taking a break or they are fully booked with everyone else wanting work done. If you move in Summer, expect to wait until the season has passed to get any work completed.
Hopefully these 5 aspects of moving to Spain have helped you in your relocation research. The more you know, the more prepared you are which means your move to this desirable country is much more likely to be both realistic and successful, and result in less culture shock.