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Is moving to Spain in mid 60's a good move?

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:30pm
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Sligogent

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I  am  a  regular   visitor  to this forum  picking  up some great advice  and tips, I  am still  unsure if  moving  to  Costa Blanca  south  is  for me,

I  am  a  single  independent   male mid 60,s,  enjoy keeping fit and travel and sports, Not much of a pub person these days,  but  Dinning  out  i 2 or 3 a week,  I  would  like a wee Dog in  Spain, plus  I  think  a  Car is  essential  as a  lot of comment  here say public transport  is poor,  I  will  be Financially stable,  but will Rent  before  and if  I  purchase  as been  pointed  out Buying and Selling expensive, 

I  am  concerned  that  I  would  end  up   without  company, I   will  do  some voluntary work, but  Language   Barrier   will  limted it  to  English/German  speaker, I  am  Irish  Citizen,   so  moving  not  too  complicated, It  is  social  side of life,that concern  me,as  not  into Pubs,

Have  many other  Single  people  moved to Spain  and  how has it worked  for them, I  would  be interested in  reading   the  good  and  not   so  good stories 

Is  it  better  to live the Dream or keep on  Dreaming 

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You get used to the heat of August. It’s far too hot to do anything constructive - so you don’t.Most of the Spanish workforce closes for a month in August and head to the beaches. So you do all your little jobs early morning and then find your own way of keeping cool. You have the opposite problem in the winter when it gets really cold. Spanish houses aren’t built to retain any heat so they are always freezing cold in the winter. ...

GrahamLynn

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:39pm

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Absolutely, go for it.  My husband and I moved 6 years ago in our early 60's but have friends who came aged 75+.  You will have no problem meeting people.  We are involved in two charities and run the SATs animal rescue shop in Gran Alacant.  Helping in a charity shop is a great way of making friends and meeting people from many countries. Those already established in Spain are usually very happy to support new arrivals and of...

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Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:09am

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We’re early 60s and moved out permanently nearly 3 years ago - and have never looked back.We have made some brilliant friends - both together and independently. We live on the outskirts of Torrevieja, where there is a good mix of nationalities and quite a few residents, which mean there is life and neighbours all year around.We have a car, and I would certainly recommend one, but our local bus service into Torrevieja runs every 30 minutes,...

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Madcatwoman

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:03pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:03pm

You never regret the things you do but mostly the things you didn't do.

That's the attitude we took when we moved here 17 years ago. 

I know we're not single but you sound like an outgoing person and pretty much have done your research. Theres plenty to do even if you don't go to bars and lots of like minded people.

I'm sure the good people on this forum will help you out :)

Sligogent

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:06pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:06pm

Madcatwoman wrote on Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:03pm:

You never regret the things you do but mostly the things you didn't do.

That's the attitude we took when we moved here 17 years ago. 

I know we're not single but you sound like an outgoing person and pretty much have done your research. Theres plenty to do even if you don't go to bars and lots of like minded people.

I'm sure the good people on this forum will help you out :)

Thanks,   True what you wrote,  you  regrets  the things you never done

Learn from yesterday live for today and hope for tomorrow 👍🤩🤩🤠

Myra2020

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:22pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:22pm

I'm a 60s single, don't drink alcohol and have what I think is a great life. Most of the greatness is due to the weather. Apart from the occasional heavy rain there's nothing to stop me from going for a walk, a bike ride, or having coffee overlooking the sea. If you did move here and things didn't work out, there's nothing to stop you going back. You can learn Spanish but if you don't it's not a big problem here. I can say that once you can speak Spanish, life is even better than before. There are groups and clubs for just about everything and volunteering is a great way to 'give back'. I'd say go for it. What if you don't? 

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:31pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:31pm

Myra2020 wrote on Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:22pm:

I'm a 60s single, don't drink alcohol and have what I think is a great life. Most of the greatness is due to the weather. Apart from the occasional heavy rain there's nothing to stop me from going for a walk, a bike ride, or having coffee overlooking the sea. If you did move here and things didn'...

...t work out, there's nothing to stop you going back. You can learn Spanish but if you don't it's not a big problem here. I can say that once you can speak Spanish, life is even better than before. There are groups and clubs for just about everything and volunteering is a great way to 'give back'. I'd say go for it. What if you don't? 

Thanks,   Your  advice  taken  on board,,   Can  you  tell me  how you handle  Very  Hot season,   July  August time,  big  concern,  would guess  does that can afford it,   Move  away for   a while

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:53pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:53pm

Sligogent wrote on Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:31pm:

Thanks,   Your  advice  taken  on board,,   Can  you  tell me  how you handle  Very  Hot season,   July  August time,  big  concern,  would guess  does that can afford it,   Move  away fo...

...r   a while

I have hot/cold ac in the living room and my bedroom. It's worth every penny. Also there are ceiling fans in every room. 

GrahamLynn

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:39pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:39pm

Sligogent wrote on Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:31pm:

Thanks,   Your  advice  taken  on board,,   Can  you  tell me  how you handle  Very  Hot season,   July  August time,  big  concern,  would guess  does that can afford it,   Move  away fo...

...r   a while

You get used to the heat of August. It’s far too hot to do anything constructive - so you don’t.

Most of the Spanish workforce closes for a month in August and head to the beaches. 

So you do all your little jobs early morning and then find your own way of keeping cool. 

You have the opposite problem in the winter when it gets really cold. Spanish houses aren’t built to retain any heat so they are always freezing cold in the winter. Not many houses have the facility to run central heating so make sure your aircon doubles as a heater for the winter months.it’s usually much warmer sitting outside than inside in the winter.

As for making friends, don’t worry.

Remember 20 or more years ago when you used to pass someone in the street and say hello to them or if you sat a bar or a cafe someone always brought you in to their conversation. Well it like that here now. You won’t ever be lonely and there’s always lots of lovely clubs you can join. It really is ever so easy to meet new friends.

Lynn

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:26pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:26pm

Don't rule out Costa Blanca north. The climate's better, there are still a lot of ex pats around but you would get a better, more rounded experience living up here. No offence intended to my friends in Torrevieja and surrounds!

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Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:49am

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Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:49am

Herefordjack wrote on Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:26pm:

Don't rule out Costa Blanca north. The climate's better, there are still a lot of ex pats around but you would get a better, more rounded experience living up here. No offence intended to my friends in Torrevieja and surrounds!

No offence taken. If we all liked the same things it would be a boring world. :)

tebo53

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:17am

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Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:17am

I moved to Benidorm when I was 63 and never regretted one day. I would never go back to live in the UK. 

Steve 

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