Blog Archive

29.05.2015
  So having chosen south Costa Blanca as the place to buy a property because it is one of the few areas in Spain that doesn’t have mountains or lots of windy roads, due to my travel/motion sickness problems, you would think I’d be sensible enough to stay away from other things that cause an issue. But this is me, and I don’t always do the...
26.05.2015
Uneasy about a big move abroad?  Don't worry, you're not alone. I don´t think I will ever forget the chilly night in late fall 2012 when my husband casually mentioned that he had applied for a job abroad. This possibility suggested that I may have to move. I´m originally American and I had moved to Switzerland at the turn of the millennium, which...
20.05.2015
Taxation is always a tricky subject. I’m not going to try and advise you on what you should pay, just that you should be declaring your income in both Spain and the UK if you are renting out your Spanish home and are a UK tax resident. The Spanish are slowly catching up with illegal renters and fining them for non-declaration and non-payment of...
18.05.2015
Five Challenges In Your Expat Life And How To Overcome Them   Moving to another country, especially if you don’t speak the local language, can bring huge challenges for you to deal with. Things get even more complicated when you have your kids with you. Then you know, like every mother, that their well-being and adjustment comes before yours....
15.05.2015
This blog series is based on work by writer Diane Lemieux and trainer Anne Parker in their book The Mobile Life: a new approach to moving anywhere.   The experience of managing the challenges of leaving Life A in order to establish a full life elsewhere will have changed you: the bird that returns from the yearly migration is stronger, more...
14.05.2015
Dave had worked in the boat hire business and in a four star hotel. We’ve stayed in great hotels and rented cottages and villas ourselves. So when kitting out our house we considered what we would like if we were renting - a real home from home in comforts but with a touch of Spain. So what did we learn from our first season of renting out house-...
08.05.2015
The Mobile Life Series This blog series is based on work by writer Diane Lemieux and trainer Anne Parker in their book The Mobile Life: a new approach to moving anywhere.   The way people talk about culture shock, you’d think it was a virus: you step off the plane in a new country and BANG you catch the bug. This virus has the bizarre property of...
06.05.2015
So with the first bookings in the diary we sent our son and his girlfriend out to the house in the Easter uni break to try out the house.  We arranged with our keyholder that he would be treated just as a paying guest, and in return for his free holiday he had to do a full assessment of the house and set-up.  Amazingly he was very complimentary on...
05.05.2015
Retired Expat Network member Colin Guest recalls his time living and working in Turkey After working on single status contracts in several countries, in 1988 I finally obtained a married status deal in Turkey. The contract was a large hotel complex, and I was employed as a finishing adviser. As I had served a five year apprenticeship as a joiner-...
01.05.2015
The Mobile Life Series This blog series is based on work by writer Diane Lemieux and trainer Anne Parker in their book The Mobile Life: a new approach to moving anywhere.   In the project to resettle abroad, the adults are team leaders supporting each other and the children through the journey. As a leader, how you feel about the move will have a...