Moving To Spain- Are There Any Downsides?

Moving To Spain- Are There Any Downsides?

There are plenty of great things about living in Spain, as I found out after landing my job 5 years ago with The food is great, the people are friendly, there are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in, and in Spain, life is a celebration. While there are plenty of great things about relocating to Spain, there are downsides as well. Before you start to plan a move, you should know what to expect. If the downsides listed below outweigh the benefits, you may want to rethink the move.

The Bureaucracy

If you are planning to move to Spain, you should understand that there are going to be plenty of documents that need to be completed. You are going to register with many offices and this can take days. When you get the documents and the ID that you need, you should always keep them with you. The offices will have copies, however, you are going to need your own copies. Before you make your deision about moving, you should understand that the bureaucracy in Spain is much more relaxed than that of the United States. If you are going to get though the process without losing your mind, you will need to be patient.

The Language Barrier

If you don’t speak Spanish, you are going to run into serious problem. There are very few people in Spain who speak fluent English. If you don’t speak the language, it will be very difficult to find a job and a place to live. Even ordering a coffee or dinner at a restaurant can be difficult and frustrating. Planning the move from the U.S. can also be difficult if you don’t speak the language. Finding housing and organizing the shipment of your belongings won’t be easy if you cannot speak to the people in Spain who will be receiving your things. If you try to assimilate and learn the language, the locals will be accepting to you.

Life Moves Slowly in Spain

Many people find that life moves slowly in Spain. This can be a good thing, however, it can be frustrating as well. There are plenty of people who don’t stick to a strict schedule. It is not uncommon for morning to last until 2pm. The afternoon can drag on through sunset in the minds of the people in the country. If you thrive when you are on a strict schedule, you may not like living in Spain.

Tourists Flock to Spain in August

If you don’t like crowds and long lines, living in Spain in August can be very frustrating. This is the time of year that people flock to the coastal areas. Tourism is great when it comes to more job opportunities and helping cities to feel more fun and energetic, however, it also brings crowds which some people hate.

There are both benefits and downside to living in Spain. At the end of the day, the decision is yours. If you are willing to deal with the downsides of living in Spain, it can be a great adventure loaded with possibilities.

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