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Old 29th February 2012, 07:43 AM
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Have you considered driving with your pets?

We thought about flying our Rhodesian Ridgeback from Prague when we moved to Spain but the thought of perhaps tranquilising and crating such a large and much-loved dog was too awful to contemplate.

We bought a LandRover Discovery which we would have got anyway and drove down with Our Little Azor installed comfortably in the back, safely harnessed and with his bed and toys to keep him comfortable. The journey took two nights and three days and was interesting, enjoyable and not that expensive, all things considered. It was a kind of mini-holiday.

Of course this may not be practical with small children, but is it worth considering?

And yes, there's little hope of coming here and finding work unless you've got something already lined up.

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I'm new to this site, but am pretty sure I will be moving to Quesada in the Summer. I am a single mum of 2 (9&10) Would be nice to see if anyone else has kids of a similar age in the area etc

I am hoping to get them into Rojales school for September start. All tips advice would be greatly received.

Oh and I have a small dog and 2 cats, can anyone recommend the best method of transportation please? x
Travelling on your own with two kids, a dog and two cats will be an experience, whichever way you choose!
And what you choose will depend as much on your children as it does on your pets.
Some 9 and 10 year-olds are helpful and cooperative, others are totally uncooperative and can be a pain in the butt.
If you are lucky enough to have the helpful and cooperative kind, travelling with them and your pets on a long journey by road sounds like the best option. But if they are not particularly cooperative, you may wish to get them here as soon as possible.
If the latter case, then Monarch for all of you, or flights for you and the kids and pet transport for your animals seem like your best bets.

Do you have anyone to assist you when you arrive in Spain?
Because that would be a bonus too.

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Travelling on your own with two kids, a dog and two cats will be an experience, whichever way you choose!
And what you choose will depend as much on your children as it does on your pets.
Some 9 and 10 year-olds are helpful and cooperative, others are totally uncooperative and can be a pain in the butt.
If you are lucky enough to have the helpful and cooperative kind, travelling with them and your pets on a long journey by road sounds like the best option. But if they are not particularly cooperative, you may wish to get them here as soon as possible.
If the latter case, then Monarch for all of you, or flights for you and the kids and pet transport for your animals seem like your best bets.

Do you have anyone to assist you when you arrive in Spain?
Because that would be a bonus too.
I think it will most definitely be the ferry and car. Thanks for all the advice.

My parents have a holiday home in the area but I won't know anyone other than them. It'll be fine I'm quite independent

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I think it will most definitely be the ferry and car. Thanks for all the advice.

My parents have a holiday home in the area but I won't know anyone other than them. It'll be fine I'm quite independent
So that's the animals sorted! What about yourself and your children?

Will you need to work in Spain? Unemployment is very, very high, much worse than in the UK.

Have you thought about the kids' schooling?They might struggle in a Spanish school - or you can send them to International school, but it's expensive.

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I already have a job so that won't be a problem.

I have an appointment with the school in a few weeks and I think they will take to school given the right attitude and coaching.

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I already have a job so that won't be a problem.

I have an appointment with the school in a few weeks and I think they will take to school given the right attitude and coaching.
You have obviously planned well and I'm sure all will go well.

If you decide to drive, don't rush. Make it a mini-holiday for yourself and your children. Find somewhere nice to stay overnight where you can relax and eat and sleep well. Take photos of your trip.

You've probably thought of all that already!!

When we left Prague it was minus several degrees and snowing. It was like that all through Germany, warmed up when we got to Southern France, then into Spain...then we hit ice and snow in the Sierra Nevada...then it warmed up again and we went straight to the beach with our dog when we got here...it was December 2nd, still light at half-past six in the evening..and warm .Gorgeous.

Good luck with your journey.

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I already have a job so that won't be a problem.

I have an appointment with the school in a few weeks and I think they will take to school given the right attitude and coaching.
Well done, how exciting! Hope it all goes well!

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I already have a job so that won't be a problem.

I have an appointment with the school in a few weeks and I think they will take to school given the right attitude and coaching.
Good luck then with your journey and your new life in Spain.

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Hi ,
I was just wondering if you did get moved to quesada ? And how you and the children have settled in ?
I am thinking of moving out there next year , I'm single with 2 children 13 & 14
Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated ..

Also how is the work situation, ??

Thank you

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Hi ,
I was just wondering if you did get moved to quesada ? And how you and the children have settled in ?
I am thinking of moving out there next year , I'm single with 2 children 13 & 14
Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated ..

Also how is the work situation, ??

Thank you

Kerry x

Hhhmmm, the children would really need to go to an international school at their ages, its not fair or good for them to have to change language or curriculum at this late stage - unless they're totally bilingual - even then, its not going to be ideal. I assume the elder one is starting the two year GCSE courses?? Which state schools in Spain dont follow

Work is going to be hard too as theres massive unemployment in Spain and to become a resident in Spain, after 90 days, you need to prove an income and healthcare provision.

So its not looking too good right now??

However, if you do have an existing/independent income that can cover your living costs and school fees, then yes, its a good place to be

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