24/12/16
Andrew and I about to release our Krathongs into the River Ping during Loy Krathong

2016 Travel Roundup and Highlights

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and our cupboards are full of festive goodies. When we started 2016 we certainly didn’t expect to end the year back in Asia but here we are, spending Christmas in Chiang Mai after a year of intense highs and lows and many amazing travel experiences. Here’s our 2016 travel roundup and a look at the highlights from what turned out to be a rocky, yet transformative year. Continue reading

9/06/16
Spanish countryside

On Leaving Spain and Searching for Adventure

As the children piled onto their bus we heaved a huge sigh of relief. Our last English camp was over, work was finished and we were free again. Minutes later we were speeding away from the tiny Spanish village into the countryside, towards a fresh adventure in a brand new country. As I watched the sun beat steadily down on the passing fields of red poppies, I hoped that the next chapter of our travels would be less turbulent than this one. Continue reading

19/05/16
Madrid's beautiful Plaza Mayor

The Highs and Lows of Visiting Madrid

Our relationship with Madrid has been a rocky one. After falling in love with Barcelona, we had high hopes for the Spanish Capital and intended to establish a new life there. Unfortunately, these aspirations crumbled and we ended up spending one of the darkest periods of our travels in Madrid. However, since moving away to Toledo we’ve managed to get some perspective and see the city with new eyes – here’s are our highs and lows of visiting Madrid. Continue reading

12/05/16
Making Koala masks at English camp in Spain

Our Experience of Working in English Camps in Spain

Looking for a quick, easy and flexible way to earn money in Spain? Then working in English camps could be the answer. In April and May this year Andrew and I signed up to work in English language immersion camps just outside of Madrid; here’s the lowdown on what our experience was like, how we found our jobs and how much money we earned. Continue reading

5/05/16
Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona

Spain Travel Costs

Our first six weeks in Spain were spent road-tripping around the country, exploring the countryside, metropolises and beaches in the north as well as house sitting in Alicante, enjoying a week-long stay in our favourite Spanish destination, Barcelona, and exploring the capital city, Madrid. From food and entertainment prices to car hire costs and accommodation rates, here are our Spain travel costs for six weeks. Continue reading

21/04/16
View over Callosa de Segura, Spain

How to Teach English in Spain

Want to live in Spain, enjoy a laid-back lifestyle and eat tonnes of tapas? Then teaching English could be just the way to achieve that dream. Andrew and I moved to Spain at the beginning of 2016 to look for teaching jobs in Madrid and ended up working in English immersion camps. This is our ultimate guide about how to teach English in Spain, including information about what qualifications you’ll need, where you can teach, what type of work is available and how much money you can earn from teaching in Spain. Continue reading

14/04/16
Toledo, Spain

Eastern Europe and Onwards to Asia – our New Travel Plans

After going through a rough patch in Spain, we flew back to the UK to regroup. We celebrated our first Easter in years with family scoffing chocolate, completing some spring chores, visiting a friend in Devon and enjoying some home comforts. We also took the chance to do some serious travel planning for the next six months and we’ve come up with an itinerary that takes us from Spain through Eastern Europe and onwards to Asia. Continue reading

7/04/16
Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona

How to get your NIE in Spain

Thinking of moving to Spain? Then the first and most important thing you’ll need to do is get a ‘Foreigner Registration Number’, know as a NIE. As we found out when we arrived in Spain this year, you can’t find work, housing, or even open a bank account without that crucial NIE, which can be tricky to apply for, especially if you don’t speak Spanish.  Here’s how we got our Spanish NIE numbers, including English translations of the forms you’ll need to fill out. Continue reading