When you think of Spain you may think of sunshine, summer holidays and sangria, however there’s a lot more to this country and it’s only a couple of hours from the UK.Since it’s close to home and has quite a high demand for English teachers we thought we’d give this country a go for a while.From mountains, beaches, medieval towns and a wonderful range of food, Spain really does seem to have it all. As always though, things never go exactly the way you plan and Spain didn’t turn out to be our perfect European base.

Ever heard of the Camino de Santiago? We’ve met many travellers who’ve followed this UNESCO-listed trail, dedicating weeks and even months to the task. Also known as the Way of St James, the hike consists of various routes, some starting in France and Portugal, all leading to the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St. James the apostle are entombed...

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and our cupboards are full of festive goodies. When we started 2016 we certainly didn’t expect to end the year back in Asia but here we are, spending Christmas in Chiang Mai after a year of intense highs and lows and many amazing travel experiences. Here’s our 2016 travel roundup and a look at the highlights from what turned out to be a rocky, yet transformative year.
As the children piled onto their bus we heaved a huge sigh of relief. Our last English camp was over, work was finished and we were free again. Minutes later we were speeding away from the tiny Spanish village into the countryside, towards a fresh adventure in a brand new country. As I watched the sun beat steadily down on the passing fields of red poppies, I hoped that the next chapter of our travels would be less turbulent than this one.
We spent our final five weeks in Spain living in the historical city of Toledo while working at English immersion camps. One of our main goals during this time was to earn some cash and reduce our outgoings by living as simply and cheaply as possible, so how did we get on? Here’s a breakdown of our living costs in Spain for five weeks.

It felt good to be on a bus again, moving away from the modern streets of Madrid into the countryside. A patchwork of green and brown fields beneath a cloudy sky passed alongside us as we sped onwards toward our temporary home, a cluster of clay rooftops and spiky church spires crowded onto a hilltop: the ancient city of Toledo, Spain.

Our relationship with Madrid has been a rocky one. After falling in love with Barcelona, we had high hopes for the Spanish Capital and intended to establish a new life there. Unfortunately, these aspirations crumbled and we ended up spending one of the darkest periods of our travels in Madrid. However, since moving away to Toledo we’ve managed to get some perspective and see the city with new eyes - here’s are our highs and lows of visiting Madrid.
Looking for a quick, easy and flexible way to earn money in Spain? Then working in English camps could be the answer. In April and May this year Andrew and I signed up to work in English language immersion camps just outside of Madrid; here’s the lowdown on what our experience was like, how we found our jobs and how much money we earned.
Our first six weeks in Spain were spent road-tripping around the country, exploring the countryside, metropolises and beaches in the north as well as house sitting in Alicante, enjoying a week-long stay in our favourite Spanish destination, Barcelona, and exploring the capital city, Madrid. From food and entertainment prices to car hire costs and accommodation rates, here are our Spain travel costs for six weeks.
Want to live in Spain, enjoy a laid-back lifestyle and eat tonnes of tapas? Then teaching English could be just the way to achieve that dream. Andrew and I moved to Spain at the beginning of 2016 to look for teaching jobs in Madrid and ended up working in English immersion camps. This is our ultimate guide about how to teach English in Spain, including information about what qualifications you’ll need, where you can teach, what type of work is available and how much money you can earn from teaching in Spain.
After going through a rough patch in Spain, we flew back to the UK to regroup. We celebrated our first Easter in years with family scoffing chocolate, completing some spring chores, visiting a friend in Devon and enjoying some home comforts. We also took the chance to do some serious travel planning for the next six months and we’ve come up with an itinerary that takes us from Spain through Eastern Europe and onwards to Asia.