End of another year and we´re in the middle of the holiday period. Christmas, New Year´s and here in Spain we also celebrate Epiphany (or 3 King´s day), which is especially for the kids the most important holidays because it´s the day when they usually get gifts. And although I love the holiday period an all its cosiness, it is also one of the periods of the year now that I dread most living abroad.
Before I already wrote about how we also celebrated Christmas at my dad´s house and that therefore we always travelled back home to the Netherlands for the holiday period. However, now that he´s gone, the plans are a bit more unstable. And especially this year, super pregnant, I wouldn´t even be allowed to travel so going home is obviously not an option. Hence, holidays abroad it is this year!
And although I, of course, love my family in law and we´re bombarded by nice dinners and lunches, it´s not the same as spending the holiday season with your own family and friends. Luckily this year my mom + stepdad are coming for a week but still, not seeing my brother, sisters during Christmas and friends for NYE is a pity.
But hey, it´s all for a good cause, right?
Frankly, those are the only days that I am struggling with living abroad. Of course, normally I also miss my friends and family but calls and messages go a long way and we´re only a short flight away so we definitely aim to fly back every two-three months or so. And living abroad, definitely also has its perks of enjoying another culture, different food, better weather and endless new travel possibilities. So far I am really happy with the decision we have made to live in Spain and although I don´t think we will live here forever, for now, it´s great and we´re open to other options in the future, whether that´s the Netherlands or another country. We will see what comes to our path!
Have you ever thought about moving abroad? If you are currently in the process of making that decision, here are 3 of my favorite resources to get you prepared:
- Spotahome –> one of the biggest struggle often of going abroad for a longer period is housing, with Spotahome you can search for and choose your perfect new home from a distance already through virtual tours and detailed house and neighborhood descriptions.
- Internations –> this is a great way to already get in touch with the expat community in the place you´re moving to. It´s a nice way to meet new friends and engage in activities but also to ask questions or solve some doubts before taking off.
- Duolingo –> getting at least the basics of the language of your new country is quite key, with Duolingo you can start before departure already