If you’re tired of the cold weather and inclement summer then moving abroad to Spain could be a nice change of scenery – particularly to Benidorm, where if you do your research beforehand, you can look forward to a new and improved lifestyle. Below are five things to think about if you’re moving to Benidorm.
Moving to a new country takes a lot of time and research as you need to think about selling your home, packing up all your belongings and if you are changing jobs finding new employment at the other end. There are plenty of estate agents who deal with moving abroad and they can be in touch with you to find the new home that suits you. It can also cost a lot of money so it is important to make sure you can afford it.
You don’t need to be fluent in Spanish, but it does help to learn some of the basic phrases and practice them. Doing so can make you feel like a local and it will help you settle into a new community. You can learn Spanish at home or take an online class, but one thing is for certain, not everyone is going to speak English so make sure you practice before you go.
The location of where you want to move to in Benidorm is key, the safest advice is stay as far away from the tourist spots as possible. Many people who move to Benidorm expect it to be a permanent holiday but it’s not like that once you are settled. There are many spots outside of Benidorm that may suit your tastes and budget.
For those moving to Spain from the UK and looking to rent, the rental market is very similar to the UK. Having said that, it is important to do your research beforehand and check your rights as a tenant. Rental agreements in Spain don’t legally have to be put into writing but it is always advisable to do so.
One thing to remember is that soon the UK will not be part of the EU and so you will need to find out what your rights will be as a British expat when it comes to finding employment. There are numerous job openings and industries such as consultancy and IT are growing in popularity. There will also be vacancies in seasonal jobs such as the tourist and hospitality sectors.
Generally the cost of living is much cheaper than in the UK which is slightly offset by the wages which are lower as well. This is something to take into account if you move to Benidorm and there are a lot of websites that can show you what the comparison of living will be like to give you an idea of what you can expect.