A new book entitled ‘Spain: The Expat Survival Guide’ has come to our attention because it has received excellent reviews from our readers and because it’s edited by an old favourite of ours, Debbie Jenkins.

The author of the ‘Spain: The Expat Survival Guide’ is Yolanda Solo; Yolanda has lived the dream in Spain and seen other expats fairing badly in their new life in the sun, which is why Yolanda was driven to write this particular title.  If you’re thinking of living in Spain and you want to ensure you avoid typical expat mistakes, ‘Spain: The Expat Survival Guide’ will make essential reading!

In a featured article from Yolanda Solo’s publishers, the author reveals how “an ill-planned escape to the sun is a one-way ticket to financial ruin.” : –

A staggering number of people move to Spain with a limited amount of funds assuming that they will be able to find a job without having fluent Spanish.  Yolanda Solo believes the following myths are behind the mass exodus of doomed expats who head for Spain each year.

Myth 1: I don’t need to speak Spanish to find a job

Even if you move to areas with a high density of expats and English-speaking businesses you are going to be very limited in your choice of jobs if you don’t speak Spanish.  A large number of people will end up working in bars, cleaning rental properties, or working for a real estate company on a commission only basis unless they make an effort to learn the local language.

Myth 2: I can set up a business for the “huge” expat market

While there are indeed a lot of expats in Spain, and high concentrations of them in some areas, they are just a tiny fraction of the whole population.  And if you are catering to the tourist trade your business will only be seasonal.  Plus don’t forget you will still need to do all the paper-work, get supplies and manage deliveries etc., all of which will mean dealing with Spanish people…in Spanish.

Myth 3: I can live off the money from the sale of the house

Unless you have established investments – a pension or other regular income – a lump sum, however large it may seem, will only last for a limited amount of time.  It also gives you a false sense of security giving you a great excuse to delay setting up a real source of income in Spain (job, business, etc) until it’s too late and your money has all been spent.

“Before even considering a permanent relocation to Spain,” Yolanda says, “it is essential that you either have a firm offer of employment or enough ‘spare’ cash to live for at least six months.  Doing anything else is like committing financial suicide.”

Spain: The Expat Survival Guide by Yolanda Solo is available now from Amazon..