As an expat, I live in an area where we receive many tourists as neighbours throughout the “high season”, and I get to talk to a lot of them. Of course, when they find out I live where I do and not my home country (England) I’m met with, shall we say, a certain amount of jealousy. Comments like “you’re so lucky, you have the sun all year round” and “I would love to live here” are commonplace.
Whilst I accept that when you’re on holiday you get a completely different view of the place you choose to visit than you do when you live there, it does worry me that some people decide to up sticks and move to another country simply because it has a warmer climate.
Just as an example, I live in Southern Spain and yes, the climate most of the year is very warm, (far warmer than my home country). However, as we approach the winter months which incidentally can start anywhere from October and finish as late as April, I feel the need to let you in on the fact that we do have winter here.
If you’re thinking about moving to a warmer country, that’s fine but you do have to bear in mind you won’t be able to do away with those woolly jumpers or winter coats just yet. There are days when it struggles to make 10 degrees where I live, and I have experienced nights when the temperature can plummet as low as 3 or 4, although this is rare and tends not to last for very long.
I’m not trying to put you off. After all, if you’re anything like me season definition is something you can’t do without. But what I am trying to tell you is there will be a few months in the year when you feel cold. It won’t take long for you to get used to those lovely hot summer days and believe me, when it get’s colder you will feel it!
Whilst it’s easy enough to reach for your winter slippers and socks or wrap up warm when you go out, you also have to think about how much it will cost to heat your new home. Most of the houses in Southern Spain (quite rightly so) are built to keep you cool when it’s hot. This means insulation or damp proofing is not something you will find in many builders’ vocabulary.
The price of oil, gas and electric is rising here just the same as it is everywhere-else so when you’re looking at a home to move into, bear in mind how you’re going to make it nice and snug when winter arrives without breaking the bank!
Author: Julie Coburn