How I Became a British Expat Living In Spain

becoming expat living in spain

My Story

In June 2017, I left my corporate job as a software engineer in London and ventured to Spain, in search of a new job, a change in lifestyle, but primarily to learn Spanish – something I have been wanting to do for years, but have always put off for other commitments.

It was a brave and bold decision for me to make. I had a very well paid job, with high prospects of being promoted around June 2017.  Did I enjoy it? At times yes, but at too many times the answer would be no.

career change living abroad

Being aged 23, I knew I still had time to find a job I was truly passionate about, something which I would enjoy doing all day (or near enough).

Regret: This was the one thing I didn’t want to live with, and it’s something I believe that a lot of people have about many situations in life, not just work.

When I was sat at my desk, I often would scan my eyes across the room and say to myself ‘does he/she love what they do’, ‘are they doing what they love, or because it’s a job’…

…It was fairly obvious the ones who were there for the love, and the ones who were in a similar position to myself.

So, why were they not doing what I was thinking of doing? Or why were they not looking for another job in London which they would really enjoy?

Fear of change/fear of the unknown: this is the generally the exact reason why people don’t want to try new things. People, including myself, don’t like change, it brings us great anxiety…

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Taking the Leap of Faith

… But I decided to take the leap of faith. Being aged 23 I kept running over the worst scenario that could happen if I went to Spain and it all fell apart, or if I discovered that I preferred working in London…

Of course, the advantages out-weighed the disadvantages.

I booked a one-way flight to Bilbao, Spain, with only a 4 week Workaway placement lined up (read about it here).

Taking the leap of faith in life is always an extremely difficult decision, be that for a career change, buying a new house, approaching that boy/girl that you like…

… but you either need to try and build a ‘not caring what other people think of you‘ attitude, or weigh-up the pro’s/con’s as I did – and 95% of the time the pro’s will out-weigh the con’s – it’s just you doubting yourself in your mind.

Why Expat Living Spain?

I have gained a wealth of information since arriving and visiting over 10 cities in Spain, on the to-dos and not to-dos, the where to visit and where not to visit, how to get around and how to not get around, the where to live, and yes you guessed it, where not to live.

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After browsing the Internet before I left England, some information was outdated, and the amount of personal insights and opinions of living in Spain as an expat was very limited.

ExpatLivingSpain was born to overcome this. My aim is to provide potential expats with useful information, to help current expats have the best possible experience…

…and to provide everyone else with a fun and inspirational travel blog.

I will leave you with one final thought; a quote from Steve Jobs, what he used to say to himself every morning whilst looking into the mirror:

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about  to do today?… And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

ExpatLivingSpain – Jake.