Emigration is an exciting prospect, but there is often an accompanying element: anxiety. It’s to be expected – if you’re moving to a new country, you’ve undoubtedly got a lot of loose ends to tie up before you can make your move. The ‘to do’ list can seem a little overwhelming, and for some there can be complicated financial puzzles to solve. Budgeting is not everyone’s cup of tea, and when this needs to be done with a new country in mind, there may be some unknown quantities.
These are probably the main reasons why many people let their fantasy lifestyle remain just that: a fantasy. The Costa del Sol’s golden sandy beaches beckon to many every year, but it’s hard to guess what percentage of them don’t answer it despite dreaming of a Mediterranean lifestyle. It’s a shame that such an amazing opportunity for a happy life can so easily become a ‘pipe dream’!
Life sometimes requires that we take risks, but the good news is that buying a property on the Costa del Sol is one of the less risky options; this place has earned its fabulous reputation! Still, there are some steps that can be taken to put your mind at ease and get yourself organised so that your emigration is more excitement and less anxiety:
- Do some thorough research
Do your homework. The Costa del Sol has a lot of inviting areas to live, from magnificent Marbella to the pretty white villages (pueblos). Yet there’s a great deal of difference in lifestyle; properties for sale in central Marbella can be very different indeed to those on offer by the beach in Estepona, for example.
It helps to get very clear on what your priorities are first, and then tailor your search to suit them, rather than letting fantasies do the talking and having do deal with inconvenient realities later. For instance: pueblo life is exactly what the Doctor ordered for some, but if you won’t have use of a personal vehicle, you might find that long waits for public transport don’t quite match up with your Costa del Sol fantasy.
- Consider the other aspects of your new lifestyle
Don’t let judgment be clouded by holiday memories or shiny brochures. The home itself might be perfect for you, but are the local amenities going to meet your needs? How much free time will you have, and is it the kind of home you’ll want to spend days on end in? The picture can start to change when you consider the reality of how much time you’ll spend there. If you’re moving for a new job, will that job allow you enough free time to make the most of a six bedroom villa?
If you’re going to be a very busy person, close proximity to great beaches and restaurants may be imperative; as are good transport links. If you’re the type who prefers simplistic living, the home you choose will need to reflect that – do you really need the entertainment room that’s adding another few thousand euros to the property price?
- Visualise and feed your motivation
It’s important to keep dreaming of your new lifestyle. What will you do once you get here? Your hobbies are important – they are part of what keeps any life interesting. Yoga fans or die-hard shoppers might want to position themselves close to the city of Marbella.
Hikers may prefer pueblo life. Those who love to read, write, or paint might want a regular view of a chilled beach. Whatever your preferences, regularly visualise yourself doing the things that you know will make you happy here on the Costa del Sol. These visions will motivate you to overcome any hurdles you might face during the emigration process.
- Talk to those who’ve gone before you
There’s nothing better than chatting to those who have already done what you plan to do, if you want to get a good picture of what it’s like to emigrate. Expat forums are a great place to start; you can find out about everything from home insurance to niche businesses and language lessons here. There are bound to be people who have had similar requirements, questions or issues.
This may be the quickest way to find out about quiet local cafes in your area, or the most accommodating places to watch English football! Don’t forget to chat with locals too; they know more than anyone! Most Spaniards will be happy to tell you their thoughts on your area of interest. It’s a great way to make new friends ahead of your move, and perhaps get to grips with the local language.
- Be realistic and learn to let go
It can be tough to think of saying goodbye to close friends, family, and the same goes for favourite places and familiar comforts. Emigrating can mean experiencing some inconvenience at first, but remember this is always temporary. Here on the Costa del Sol there isn’t much you can’t find; you’ll probably even find that there is more to do (and more conveniences) than in your home country!
The Costa del Sol is a pretty easy place to live on the whole, and even if there are challenges to overcome at first, lots of people speak English here; you can make new friends easily and get assistance with most things. The excitement of the new will no doubt make it worth letting go of the old. Before you know it you’ll be finding new favourite places and things. Change is a very important and healthy part of life!
The Costa del Sol is where expats settle so that life can become more like a holiday. Keep that in mind when going through the process, and before long you’ll be ‘part of the furniture.’ Paradise Marbella has a wealth of experience aiding expats in starting their perfect lifestyle here. We don’t let you go it alone – so rest assured that if you enlist our help in choosing your dream property, the process will be made as smooth as possible for you.