* The conversion has been based on the current exchange rate.
What Are We Doing?
In month two and three you will remember that we had a holiday where we went off an travelled for three weeks. We also had some of our very good friends come to visit us. I know to some of you at home you will be thinking "you are already on holiday". However in that period of time we actually acted like we were on holiday, eating out and spending money, something you don't actually do as much when you are travelling for a long period of time and are cautious of spending anything. Lately a few people have said to us, "I couldn't just swan off and live in Spain, I don't have the money to do that". Travelling is different though, you don't behave the same as you do when you are on holiday, if you did you would be home in a very short period of time. Deciding to quit your job, have no home and leave all of your loved ones is not an easy decision to make. Yes we are living our dream and many other peoples too, but it doesn't come without a cost. It is however the decision we have made for the time being, so we have to live with the issues that come along with it. Our mindset is not the same as it was when we travelled in Asia for a year. Then we knew it was for one year and that we had jobs when we returned home. This time it's different, leaving was harder and for the first few months I found being away from the people I love difficult. Something else that was different in Asia was eating out, street food is super cheap, each meal costing less than a pound. With nowhere to cook we ate out all the time and didn't think twice about the cost., because it was so cheap! It got to the point where all we wanted was to be able to cook for ourselves. Now it's stood on it's head and we would to like to just go for a beer or a coffee when we like without having to feel guilty or to not question everything we are buying in the super market "do we really need this toilet roll" ha ha! Don't misunderstand this though the sacrifices we are making are worth it for the experience we are having. We just have to remind ourselves every now and then when we are wanting to buy some nice looking ribs for the barbie, "ok yeah we can't have those but look at all the good things we are doing instead".
It's crazy to think that last month we were slightly disappointed(although would not change what we did) that we had spent £585. Now if you work that out for the year it would be £7020, that's £3510 per person! I imagine that most peoples rent or mortgage payments cost more than that for the year. I realise that just packing everything up and leaving is not so easy and some people don't want to travel and that's ok too. I just however wanted to point out that travelling is not as expensive as what everyone thinks it is.
So anyhow after spending quite a bit in month two and three we tried to have a nice steady month again. Which I will just add does not mean sitting around doing nothing all day, as nice a that would be for some of you. Our time has been filled with lots of climbing, unfortunately only I have been climbing because Jason is injured! Bike riding, learning Spanish and making dream catchers(Jason's new favourite hobby). Oh and the premier event of this month was my best friend Sally coming to visit us for the weekend! It was amazing! We took her climbing on the Saturday and she enjoyed it so much that she wanted to go again on the Sunday. Then on her last day we took her into Valencia and showed her around. It was such a fantastic weekend!
We leave our Workaway project on the first weekend in June, which is just over two weeks away. Time has gone so quickly here, I can't believe we have been here since January! We are going to start moving north and go climbing in Catalunya and then to the Asturias region. We are both looking forward to exploring some new parts of Spain although we will miss where we have been living very much.
So lets see what this months figures are saying.
€0/ £0 ACCOMMODATION 0%
No accommodation costs this month but this will change once we leave here. We plan to camp everywhere but even the camping costs seem quite expensive and unfortunately we can not wild camp because we have our bikes with us and need them to be secure.
€264/ £203 GROCERIES 22%
I have no idea how we have spent this much on groceries this month. We have tried to be really careful but have ended up spending more than usual. Anyway I guess we have got to eat!
€10.55/ £8 TRAVEL 1%
We usually catch the train into Valencia but this time we drove in as it was more convenient. We paid €9.50 for parking there as we didn't have time to hunt down the free or lower cost parking. We also incurred parking costs at the airport when we picked up Sal. The parking at Valencia airport is way more cheaper than Manchester or Leeds.
€81.96/ £63 FUEL 7%
This is the most we have spent on fuel in a month since being here. I imagine the following months will increase even more as we are planning to be moving around a lot. This month we drove to and from Valencia airport to pick up my bestie Sally. We also visited a new climbing area which was a two hour round trip.
€22/ £17 ALCOHOL 2%
This month apart from enjoying a few cervezas on the beach with my amiga Sally I haven't been drinking, not since our friends Paul and Jon left. The rest of this months alcohol spend has just been Jason enjoying a couple of cervezas at our place.
€34/£26 COFFEE & CAKE 3%
Last month I ate a few empanadas and became a bit of an empanada connoisseur. This is not usually what I eat but as the saying goes "when in Rome". Anyway I have gone cold turkey and lost all temptation for these delightful little Spanish pastries. We'd managed to keep this section quite low until the last week or so when we ended up having a few coffees out and of course cake for Jason.
€13/ £10 EATING OUT 1%
We took Sally to the tapas bar in the Central Market in Valencia. The food is delicious in there so we were pleased about returning there. The menu is really good and even gives allergen advice. Sally the superstar that she is paid for the majority of the bill which we are really grateful for.
€11.35/£9 ACTIVITIES 1%
I have taken up a new hobby of making dream catchers, which I am really enjoying. Amongst all of our active hobbies it's nice to do something that is so relaxing. I have sold five which I am really happy about, as I never intended to sell any when I started to make them.