Before I go any further, this is highly hypothetical and would be at least a year from now, so we have time to see if the job/company is a good fit. We want to be where it's warmer in winter than here, so have narrowed our choices to the Mediterranean coast of Spain, up between Barcelona and the French border, and to the Cote a'Azur in France (my personal choice would be Spain). The main reasons are climate and proximity to the ocean - we want to be warm and close to water. Things we have to consider (and this is where we need advice and/or other items for consideration that we haven't thought of yet): * School for the kids (there are no English-language schools in Spain where we want to be except in Barcelona, and we don't want to be in a big city) - they could be immersed in a public school but I don't know how well equipped schools are to teach Spanish as a second language. * Visas - #2's company don't have a home base as such; they are spread around the world. I don't know how sponsorship would work for getting into the EU. * Cost of living: what is a "normal" salary for a skilled professional software engineer in that part of the world? Trying to see how #2's salary matches up so I can work out if we can afford all the living costs. * How easy is it usually to access beaches in those areas? How much of the coastline is privately owned and restricted? * Language: I know a little Spanish, the kids will learn fast. I don't know that I want to learn Catalan, which is less useful than straight-out Spanish or French, but it looks like the schools in that part of Spain specifically teach a percentage of their day in Catalan. Comments? * Bureaucracy: being an immigrant often means lots of paperwork. I've heard stories about the hassles of being a resident alien in Austria and Switzerland. How hard is it to settle in France or Spain in terms of setting up tax numbers, buying property (I've read up on it, but it gets confusing quickly), getting kids into schools. * Kid-friendliness - that one's a biggie, obviously. I get the impression that those two regions are relatively Anglo-friendly because so many Brits move there, but some anecdotal evidence would be nice too. I'll share these with #2 to add to the piles of pros and cons. We're saving up to go there for a holiday when we can afford it, so we can see the area in person. Anyone else stayed in those areas?
Who would win in a fight, Spain or France? So #2 has a new job which entails travelling to the EU and US (alternating) four times a year. This means a minimum of 30-35 hours of economy-class travel for him each way, every time. I made the comment that it would make more sense to move to the EU or east coast of the US. Since we've already lived in the US, we have hypothetically decided to move to Europe. Help us narrow down options!