Destinations, Europe, Journal, Spain

Casa Heenan

June 13, 2014

When Dennis and I decided that we wanted to travel, we were very open to different places and how we wanted to go about it. We contemplated many different cities and countries to start in. We also discussed the different possibilities for lodging, between renting a month-to-month apartment, AirBnB, or hostel-hopping.

First, we decided we wanted to go to Europe–no reason in particular, it was just that neither of us had been here before and thought it would be a good place to start. Then, we decided Mijas, Spain, because it looked awesome, and Dennis’ buddy Grant lives here, who has helped acquaint us to life in Europe. We chose the least expensive option for living for this area, which is a month-to-month apartment.

When we started planning, we knew we would have to be frugal because we would be losing my entire salary and moving only to Dennis’ online business for income. It is a huge risk leaving a steady, predictable income, but we felt that there is no “perfect” timing, and later on in life there would be only more complications that could potentially hold us back.

So, with that in mind, we bought our one-way plane tickets and found our apartment. Grant went with a broker to look at two places for us before we got here, and from there, we decided on one of those options. We decided on a place in Mijas Heights.

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We are so incredibly happy that we chose this place. It feels like a dream. We feel incredibly blessed and are thankful to have lucked out with this place! The crazy thing is, this place is less than what we paid for our one-bedroom condo in Minnesota. Our Minnesota condo was incredibly beautiful, in a perfect neighborhood with awesome neighbors. It’s just unbelievable that we lucked out with this current deal.

Our new place in Spain is three levels, with a rooftop terrace and two balconies. It has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom. It came fully furnished with beds, furniture, dishes, and even hand soap! Our landlord came over the second day that we were in the place to bring us scissors and a trash can, because she said she forgot to get those for us. I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of “furnished” meaning down to a pair of scissors. She is the sweetest lady!

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We have an incredible view of the ocean, mountains, and houses along the cliffs. On clear days, you can see the coastline of Africa. The first time it was clear enough to see Africa, I gasped because I didn’t realize it was so close. You can take a ferry to get there. It is absolutely surreal.

There is a private elevator that goes from the terrace to each floor of the apartment. Every time we get into the elevator, I say to Dennis, “I will never get used to this.” It’s super awesome, but just a little bit ridiculous.

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You would think this apartment would be astronomically expensive because of the view, but we are paying pennies in comparison to options like this in typical beach communities. It’s insane.

Below is the view from the bedroom. It’s pretty amazing to wake up to this view.

We’ll, after I put my glasses on 🙂

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All I can say is, if you have the flexibility to work remotely, take a sabbatical from work, or study abroad, options like this exist! Travel often feels unaccessible, but it’s actually possible to do something like this. Dennis and I are absolutely having to be frugal, but it’s working out!

I think all it takes is some sort of revenue stream or savings [even if just a little bit!], some planning, and a little bit of crazy. I still get some pangs of anxiety, thinking, “what the heck are we doing?!” but I’m deep down confident it will work out.

We don’t know how long we will be at this place, because we do want to explore Europe a lot this summer, but for now, it’s awesome!

 

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xo Kelsey

 

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