You have found that picturesque destination and you have discovered the perfect place to invest in Spanish real estate. You have also done your research and you have made a budget for how you can live comfortably for years to come. Everything is perfect… or is it? No matter how cheap and wonderful everything may seem, the most important question to ask when moving overseas is, can you really love this new place you are putting so much effort into? Just because you are able to get the most of your money doesn’t always mean that life is always going to be happy.
What you need to do is take a step back and examine the clues. It is unreasonable to expect that all the conveniences of your former residence will be present in your new home. So you are going to need to learn to make do with what is at your disposal. Therefore it is important to like or at least appreciate almost every aspect of your new home: Such as the culture, the food, the weather, and the entertainment. If you can’t like the basic things, then the transition is not going to be as satisfactory as one may hope.
It is normal to experience a certain amount of culture shock in the beginning: Also a bad day every once in a while is unavoidable, no matter where you live. The important thing is that once the bad day has passed you can sit back and enjoy your home. Home is the key word here; feeling like a stranger in your new environment is no way to spend your life, after all the effort and research you put into actually getting yourself to that point.
So before making the final commitment, close your eyes, step outside of the moment, and click your heels three times saying “there is no place like home”. Hopefully when you open your eyes, your new place of residence will be exactly that; HOME.