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Old Oct 29th 2019, 11:14 am
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My name is Julie and I am new to this forum, I currently live in the north east of England and I will shortly be retiring and I am interested in living abroad for the winter months to escape the cold and wet weather.

I would just like to get some tips on how to enjoy these months abroad as I have heard a few horror stories of being isolated and lonely when people arrive in resorts that have closed down for the winter.
I am really looking forward to being able to be as active abroad in the winter months as I am here (weather permitting) and meeting like minded people would be great.

Hopefully some of you may have some tips for me.
Thank you

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Old Oct 29th 2019, 12:16 pm
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Hello
My name is Julie and I am new to this forum, I currently live in the north east of England and I will shortly be retiring and I am interested in living abroad for the winter months to escape the cold and wet weather.

I would just like to get some tips on how to enjoy these months abroad as I have heard a few horror stories of being isolated and lonely when people arrive in resorts that have closed down for the winter.
I am really looking forward to being able to be as active abroad in the winter months as I am here (weather permitting) and meeting like minded people would be great.

Hopefully some of you may have some tips for me.
Thank you
I think you've hit the nail on the head - choose somewhere that does NOT close for the winter. Perhaps make a visit this winter to see what suites you best.

Just remember, after Brexit, it must be no more than 90 days (not the whole winter)
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Old Oct 29th 2019, 1:24 pm
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Hello
My name is Julie and I am new to this forum, I currently live in the north east of England and I will shortly be retiring and I am interested in living abroad for the winter months to escape the cold and wet weather.

I would just like to get some tips on how to enjoy these months abroad as I have heard a few horror stories of being isolated and lonely when people arrive in resorts that have closed down for the winter.
I am really looking forward to being able to be as active abroad in the winter months as I am here (weather permitting) and meeting like minded people would be great.

Hopefully some of you may have some tips for me.
Thank you
I suppose that's the question and will you be living or visiting if it's only really a few months? It's very easy to just book short term lets (hotels, apartments) online and you don't have to worry about anything.
If you like it you stay and otherwise you just move on.
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Old Oct 29th 2019, 1:46 pm
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Hi julie. We live a little inland and our area hardly changes at all through the winter.Just to let you know it's 27d today, oh forgot to say you would need a car and you are a 15, 20 to main coastal towns and the sea. I would agree that if you are only coming for a few months i would rent to.
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Do not believe scare stories.
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Old Oct 29th 2019, 9:42 pm
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Benidorm never really closes all year round
and there are bargains to be had at all the major hotels and holiday apartments. Many retirees spend the winter months here in long term lets and are welcomed as part of the community. There are hundreds of bars owned and ran by British Expats that are open throughout the winter period where friendships are often made.

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I would suggest you look farther afield than Spain if you want warmth during the European winter. As those living in Spain know, whilst it may be warm during the day, the nights are not. What about New Zealand for example ? It’s the summer there when it’s winter in the UK. There’s no language problem, lovely unspoiled beaches and mountains, quiet roads etc ?
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The Canary Islands will give the best overall weather in the winter months. Its not worth you buying just rent. One option is using a combination of cheap flights and Airbnb. Book a studio apartment for a month and cheap flights and away you go. Then pick more flights and a different destination for a month and so on. There is just no need as a 'snow bird' to be stuck in one place anymore plus doing this you don't have to worry about property security/maintenance etc....they ain't your problem.
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Look at Almunecar lots of activities in a working Spanish town. Very nice weather with a good mix of expats from Europe. Rentals are available as many apartments are holiday homes for Spanish who only use them in summer so they rent them out for winter to Easter.
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I would suggest you look farther afield than Spain if you want warmth during the European winter. As those living in Spain know, whilst it may be warm during the day, the nights are not. What about New Zealand for example ? It’s the summer there when it’s winter in the UK. There’s no language problem, lovely unspoiled beaches and mountains, quiet roads etc ?
Well according to those living in NZ, it can also be cold during summer in NZ and just depends where you are and what you are used to. Some complain about the wind in Wellington, it can get cold during the night in summer too, then Dunedin is too wet and grey, Auckland too busy. You also have to consider that during the summer places like Tauranga are crowded, so forget quiet roads. Then it comes down to costs (flights, food, accommodation). Everyone feels different too and the Scottish person who swims during summer and only spends winter in Baix Empordà will never feel cold. I just returned from Selva comarca and was in shorts all the time. This is the main beach webcam not far from our place right now and while some are in jeans, others are swimming. Those full time in Alicante, might complain there's a light breeze

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I would suggest you look farther afield than Spain if you want warmth during the European winter. As those living in Spain know, whilst it may be warm during the day, the nights are not. What about New Zealand for example ? It’s the summer there when it’s winter in the UK. There’s no language problem, lovely unspoiled beaches and mountains, quiet roads etc ?
True enough but there are the two long haul flights and the cost of living which is not cheap. It is also summer shutdown time so prices go up.

I think Julie's requirements are to keep it simple and keep it within reach.

If that were me I would be thinking the same.

Welcome Julie to the mad place that is British Expats.

This Spain lot are a really good bunch and will steer you straight and true.
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Thanks to all that have replied, lots of information so that's great I will have to go somewhere where it will be easy to get back home as I have elderly parents so although NZ would be lovely its a bit too far at the moment
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Thanks to all that have replied, lots of information so that's great I will have to go somewhere where it will be easy to get back home as I have elderly parents so although NZ would be lovely its a bit too far at the moment
That was exactly the position we were in 12yrs ago and after much research around the Med chose Ayamonte in the south west corner of Spain right on the Portuguese border. One home two countries as one friend puts it. Faro airport is only 40mins away with year round flights to destinations all around U.K. and Ireland. When my wife’s mother was critically ill 5hrs door to door was our best ever timing but with practise we have nearly matched that from a number of GB airports. Weather pretty good 25.5* yesterday and an evening swim in our pool was 23*. Cost of living low, our nearest restaurant is in Portugal and does a very very good menu del dia for €10 including bread olives soup main sweet and coffee + a beer or 1/2 bottle of wine.
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That was exactly the position we were in 12yrs ago and after much research around the Med chose Ayamonte in the south west corner of Spain right on the Portuguese border. One home two countries as one friend puts it. Faro airport is only 40mins away with year round flights to destinations all around U.K. and Ireland. When my wife’s mother was critically ill 5hrs door to door was our best ever timing but with practise we have nearly matched that from a number of GB airports. Weather pretty good 25.5* yesterday and an evening swim in our pool was 23*. Cost of living low, our nearest restaurant is in Portugal and does a very very good menu del dia for €10 including bread olives soup main sweet and coffee + a beer or 1/2 bottle of wine.
sounds idillic.
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23c in the pool! I think you are mistaken - or rather your thermometer has gone walk about. Our pool in Frigiliana with pool blanket and a very small solar heater rarely gets above 20C late Oct early Nov. I dont get my feet wet at less than 24C. Thats May to September.

But if you have got 23C - go for it. Lucky you!
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