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Top Tips for Tenerife

Top Tips for Tenerife

tenerifeAre the dreary and unpredictable skies of England getting you down? Fancy a bit of that balmy Mediterranean weather? If you’re thinking about moving abroad, Tenerife could be an ideal option that will offer exotic weather, without exotic prices.

The expatriate lifestyle, however, is not for everybody, so here are some things to think about before you run off with that recklessly packed suitcase.

Get your Investigative Hat On
Your usual holiday location obviously pulls at your imagination strings when you’re considering where you want to go in search of a new life. The rose tinted sunglasses you wear on holidays and short breaks are of course going to make certain locations seem like they come constantly adorned with whipped cream and a cherry on top/

The needs of daily life, however, are almost completely disparate from what you seek when you’re on holiday. Cocktails, sand and good weather are great for a two week break – but what about when you just want to go to sleep at 9pm? The banging sounds of a bustling nearby resort aren’t going to seem so fun and entertaining then.

Your best bet for deciding whether Tenerife is right for you is by spending a few nights in different areas of the island. Once you’ve thoroughly checked out the different locations, paces of life and the facilities in each area, you’ll be in the right frame of mind to make a decision about whether, and where, you should make the move.

Work on a small island may differ a lot from the kind of jobs you are used to at home. First off, the industries available on the island are going to be limited, particularly if you don’t have an active working knowledge of Spanish.

If you are planning on looking for work outside of the tourism industry, start taking Spanish lessons pronto. Even if the jobs you’re applying for don’t state that Spanish is a requirement, it’s going to make you look proactive and you’ll likely be considered before other candidates. As well as this, there will always be situations where a knowledge of Spanish is going to make life much easier.

If it is the tourism industry that’s drawing you in, think about the following: do you have the energy to work unsociable hours? Will the seasonal nature of the work have a negative impact on your financial situation? Do you have bar, hotel and restaurant experience?

Make sure you think this over, as expatriates often state that one of the most difficult things about moving is accepting that work is going to be very different, and that any experience you gained at home might not be applicable, or get the respect you’re used to, on the island.

Bringing little ones
Are you planning to bring little ones along? It’s important to talk this decision through with them, rather than assume that moving is your decision alone.

Generally, private schools on the island teaching the English curriculum can cost between 300-500 euros per month. If you decide to live in the south, 3-18 year olds could go to the highly regarded Wingate School in Cabo, or those heading to the north could consider The British School of Tenerife.

It’s also important to think about what your young family is going to do on the island. The beaches will certainly be a novelty to begin with, but there has to be more for when those pangs of boredom strike.

Costa Adeje may be one of the better options for younger expats, as it offers safari tours, hiking and whale watching, whilst Santa Cruz may be a better location for older families, where local hotspots are more culture and architecture-based, with gorgeous churches, art galleries and museums.

Accept things will be different
Although the Canary Islands culture doesn’t strike us a million miles away from what we’re used to at home, you might be surprised at the things you find different when you get there.

For one thing, opening and closing times are going to be different to what you used to, you may not be able to access the same foodstuffs and products as before, and the different weather could cause you all sorts of health related issues. The Canary Islands are famed for their good weather all year round, and you might actually find yourself longing for a bit of drizzle.

Be adaptable
The best thing you can do to prepare for your change in lifestyle is begin to adapt a little before you go. Vary your daily routine so that you get used to staying up later (which will come in handy when dining out at restaurants!), introduce Spanish-inspired dishes into your diet, and keep up to date with local news.

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Do you have any tips for moving to Tenerife? Is there anything specific about the island that people should know before they go? Tell us below! 

About the Author: Hollie Mantle is a travel blogger who has recently returned to London.