7 Amazing Things that an Expat can do in Spain
Approximately 6% of the population of Spain are expats from all over the world. The country is extremely popular for study abroad programs, gap years, Au Pair programs and as a retirement destination due to its low house prices, warm climate and the high standard of living.
If you want a laid-back and relaxed way of life, here are 7 amazing things that an expat can do in Spain:
If you haven’t yet learnt the language, never fear. There are so many language schools scattered throughout Spain that your biggest problem will be picking the right one. Whether you want private lessons or to learn among other students who have the same level of Spanish as you, learning the language allows you to better understand the culture and get to know locals.
One of the best things about living as an expat in any country is the amazing people you’ll meet. Not only will you meet many Spanish locals, but you’ll be surprised at the connections you make with other expats from all around the world, and you’ll have a lot of common since you’re all brave enough to leave your home countries and move overseas. Check out expat Facebook groups, Couchsurfing and Meetups so you can make some new friends and ensure you don’t get too homesick.
There are many visas that you can apply for that will allow you to earn money in Spain. Maybe you just want a little pocket money and would like to live with a local family- an Au Pair program could be a good choice if you like kids. Working in Spain also gives you the opportunity to meet more people.
Soak up the Culture
Moving to Spain is a great idea for many reasons, but one of the best is the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the country. Living abroad means that you can really live like a local, take siestas in the hottest part of the day, eat dinner late, and indulge in cheap but delicious wine and tapas any night of the week.
Spain is more than just Barcelona and Madrid, and this country has so many unique and incredible destinations to visit, such as the islands down south, the cute little villages, and of course the big cities. The public transport works well and is a cheap way to see Spain, so use your weekends wisely and don’t forget a camera.
Spanish food is both varied and delicious, so if you’re not much of a cook (or even if you are and you simply like to learn new recipes) consider taking a cooking class and learn a few local dishes to wow at your next dinner party.
One of the best things about living somewhere as an expat is immersing yourself in day-to-day life and simply living your life in a new country. Every now and then when you’re ordering your meal in Spanish, you’re navigating the public transport system like a pro or you’re talking with your local friends, you’ll be able to enjoy the moment and bask in your new life as an expat.