Somewhere along the way, moving abroad has become synonymous with recklessness. Think about it for a moment. Let’s take a quick journey to the land of your subconscious.
When I say “move abroad” who do you see?
First, you probably see a man (who--let’s be honest here, we’re all friends-- may also happen to be a White man) with a giant (name-brand) backpack, hiking boots and a beaming, optimistic smile. He’s probably backpacking through South America and although he’s channeling his inner-adventurer, more likely than not, his proverbial “safety net” is one call away. It could be mommy and daddy, or some super fancy tech firm he started and left for a few months to “find himself”.
You snap back to reality and chide yourself with a “moving abroad that’s for White people!” or rich people, or men, or young people, or whoever you come up with to avoid facing the purest and simplest of facts: you could also move abroad but you’re either scared, or don’t know how.
Whatever your reason, we understand, and are here to help!
Here’s the truth: moving abroad doesn’t always look the same.
And you have two choices: you can keep deceiving yourself into believing it’s not for you, or you can make it work for yourself.
“But, I’m too old!” Spain in particular has visas dedicated to retirees who choose to settle in the land of jamón.
“I’m too young!” Not only does Spain have many government-sponsored teaching programs with an age cap of 35, there are tons of universities where you could also continue furthering your skill set while taking a gap year.
“I’m married with a family!” Even better! Welcome to one of the most child-friendly countries in Europe!
“I don’t speak Spanish!” Where better to learn than in Spain? Find yourself a small-ish town, and take your Spanish immersion next level.
“I’m not rich!” Neither am I, and nor are most Spanish people! (Or people in general, if we’re being frank!) Spain has an extremely reasonable cost of living, and the smaller the town the more you can ball on a budget.
“I’m not white.” Plot twist, but neither am I (Danni) or Sienna, or the hundreds of expats who have made Spain home! Not to mention the thriving and growing Afro-Spanish community!
It’s time to be honest with yourself. Do you want it, or not? If the answer is ‘yes!’ congrats! Tell us how we can help with next steps!
If your answer is ‘nah, bruh’ then comment below and tell us what’s holding you back!
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.