Snowbirds - The British Version.

Spain
By Jabo
@jaboUK (50052)
United Kingdom
March 2, 2016 3:55pm CST
In Florida they have their annual influx of 'snowbirds' - people escaping from the cold winters in the northern states. Spain is to the Brits what Florida is to the Americans. My husband and I are currently enjoying the delights of the Spanish Costa Blanca, along with a lot more of our countrymen . It seems like there are more Brits here than Spaniards! Ok, some of them seem to have left their inhibitions at home, and some are inappropriately dressed for their size and age, but hey, who cares? Everybody is here to have fun and enjoy the sunshine, no moaning and groaning. It's normal to see people enjoying each other's company, walking hand in hand. Even the elderly people do it, but whether they are doing it out of affection, or merely trying to hold each other up, I wouldn't know! We come for 2 separate months, (we were here in Nov), as we find that breaks up the winter better than taking the 2 months together. Our son looks after our property at home for us. People wonder how we can afford it, but there are some great deals to be had at this time of year. If we subtract the expenses that we would have incurred at home, (heating, electicity, gas, food etc) it becomes much more affordable. All food is included in the deal, so our only expenses are drinks and outings. So I'm contemplating no cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. for the next month - Yaay, what's not to like? Are you jealous? Photo is mine, taken in Spain.
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@JudyEv (96467)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Mar 16
In Australia they're called 'grey nomads' and follow the sun to the more northern parts of the country. We may even join them ourselves for a little while this year.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@JudyEv I hope you do, why not? Here in Spain everything is geared towards older visitors, entertainment etc. And there's not any of that yobbish swearing.
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@JudyEv (96467)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK Half our town (well, not quite half I guess ) go to a particular town and all play bowls most of the day. I'm sure the town looks forward to their arrival as far as bringing income into the area.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@JudyEv The Brits must do the Spanish economy so much good too!
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@much2say (34471)
• United States
2 Mar 16
Oh did you have to rub that in @jaboUK ? Of course I am jealous and would love to be in your shoes right now!! But I know you've done your work, you've raised your kids, and now you've earned the right to do as you please!! I am glad you can travel like this and you can relax and enjoy yourselves! Next time just please pack us up in your suitcases !
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@much2say Of course I had to rub it in!. Remind me to get bigger suitcases next time so that I can fit you in.
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@much2say (34471)
• United States
2 Mar 16
@jaboUK We are all short . . . we'll make ourselves fit
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• United States
4 Mar 16
@jaboUK I don't think there are suitcases big enough to fit all of us in that want to go with you!!
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• United States
3 Mar 16
I am not jealous as that requires flying and I don't fly! Have a great time.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@AbbyGreenhill Have you never flown? I know that there is so much to see in your country that you don't need to.
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• United States
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK Yes, lived in Hawaii - had to fly there! Plus went back for vacation. We honeymooned in Grand Cayman - I've flown all over the east coast...I just hate it and won't do it have no need to fly.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@AbbyGreenhill I don't mind the actual flying - it's all the hoo-ha of airport security etc. that I don't like.
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@xFiacre (10364)
• Ireland
2 Mar 16
@jabouk That's my knid of retirement plan. Have a lovely month.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@xFiacre Thanks, that's what we intend to do. This retirement thing is not to be sneezed at.
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@xFiacre (10364)
• Ireland
2 Mar 16
@jaboUK I know a woman who continually cruises. She sold her house and based herself in Southampton, arguing that she meets a lot of people, has great good, has the attention of a good doctor, theres always entertainment and she has no housework to do. Between cruises she spends no longer than two nights in Southampton at the Premier Inn!
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@xFiacre That sounds like a great life if she has the funds for it and is on her own. I read of an American woman doing much the same thing, but she actually bought a suite on one particular ship and lives on it all the time.
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@PainsOnSlate (19008)
• Canada
3 Mar 16
I am jealous but only because I've never been to Spain. I am a snow bird as you know and go south somewhere every winter. Have a blast and I know you will love every minute of it.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate Why come all the way to Spain when you have such fabulously warm places nearer to you, in the States? We do intend to have a blast and it's all on schedule so far!
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• Canada
25 Mar 16
@jaboUK That's great and yes we enjoy our local warm spots.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
25 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate Sadly we are coming to the end of our holiday - we go home on Tuesday. We've had a lovely time - it's rained a couple of times, but the weather has been great on the whole.
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@allknowing (55098)
• India
3 Mar 16
That is a beautiful picture. They look like date palms. Wonder if they were imported. I remember when I was in Las Vegas I saw these trees lined up along roads. I was told they were imported, fully grown. Your idea of 'getting away from it all' sounds good. We all must do this no matter how comfy we could be in our own environment. Imagine not to have a care in the world. Enjoy your experience in Spain but do keep in touch. I did not find you in my posts and now I know why.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@allknowing I'm not sure what kind of palms they are, or whether they are native or not. I might ask around. I'm sorry about not keeping up with your posts Grace, but my computer time is limited - too busy out and about enjoying myself However I have an hour now (just after lunch), so I'll be over to check you out, and a few others as well.
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@allknowing (55098)
• India
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK Please, please do what is best for you. myLot can wait.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@allknowing I am doing what's best for me Grace, I really enjoy Mylotting, even if I'm on holiday. It's just that I won't have time to be as active as normal.
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@nanette64 (13059)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Mar 16
That looks like such a great place to be @jaboUK . I see you forgot to shove me in your suitcase again. You naughty girl.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@nanette64 Well slap my wrist for my forgetfulness!
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@nanette64 (13059)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK LMAO, okay, next time.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21242)
• United States
3 Mar 16
Yes, I am jealous happy for you too.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@Tampa_girl7 Thanks Marie, it's lovely here.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21242)
• United States
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK I have only been to Spain once. We took my grandfather in the spring of 1977 to visit his family in northern Spain. I loved it. We had a blast and grandpa was so happy to see his family .
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@Tampa_girl7 That must have been great for your grandfather, and you too of course.
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• United States
4 Mar 16
Yes, I'm definitely jealous!! I can only dream of someday getting to visit Spain
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 Spain is only a couple of hours away from us by plane, so it's easy for us to get there.
• United States
4 Mar 16
@jaboUK my brother went to Spain when he was in the military and said it was the most beautiful place on earth
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@Juliaacv (22012)
• Canada
3 Mar 16
Your photo looks so lovely. Especially when I look out and see all of that ugly snow and ice outside here! I remember when you went last fall, and I hope that you enjoy yourself this time as much as you did the last time.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@Juliaacv Yes, if we enjoy ourselves as much as last time it will be great. Thanks.
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@Juliaacv (22012)
• Canada
4 Mar 16
@jaboUK Me, I don't like the heat, so I'm good here in the cold (although I'm tired of seeing snow) but you enjoy that warmth and the fun times!
@kaka135 (13452)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 16
Well, though I don't really jealous, as now I really prefer to stay at home, I think it's a really fun and relaxing vacation. I have never experience that, as I am staying in a tropical country, we don't have cold weather to escape but only sunny days almost all the time. I always think it's nice to experience the life in the 4 seasoned country, experience the life of "snowbirds" sounds interesting too! Enjoy your lovely vacation without cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@kaka135 Living where you do you don't need to be a 'snowbird', but don't you travel at all? I know it can get complicated with small children, but perhaps when they are older?
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@kaka135 (13452)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 16
@jaboUK Yes, we do travel sometimes, just locally with the young children and also with the budget we have. It's just different from being a snowbird.
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@BelleStarr (30999)
• Portland, Connecticut
3 Mar 16
I am soooo jealous, I do have the warmth but I still have to cook and clean, grrrr I am coming to Spain with you11 lol
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@BelleStarr Wouldn't that be wonderful if you could join us here? No cooking and cleaning is such a bonus.
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@BelleStarr (30999)
• Portland, Connecticut
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK I know, maybe one of these years!! lol
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@DianneN (57243)
• United States
2 Mar 16
I'm not jealous. I'm in Florida! Lol! Have fun. One of our neighbor's here keeps a home in Spain. I don't know why.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@DianneN Your neighbour has homes in bothe Florida and Spain? Seems a bit like overkill
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@DianneN (57243)
• United States
2 Mar 16
@jaboUK That's my point. People, gotta love them!
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@just4him (88887)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Mar 16
Yes I am. Enjoy your vacation.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@just4him Thanks - will do!
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@fawkes62 (1359)
• United States
3 Mar 16
I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. The no cooking and no cleaning for a month sound great. Toss in a nice view and (hopefully) beautiful weather, and it sounds like a wonderful time. Enjoy your vacation!
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@fawkes62 Thanks Shannon, we have every intention of having a great time
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
3 Mar 16
I can see you are a woman with great budget talents - you are so right, people always fret about going away for long lengths of time, but if planned well and taken at the right time of the year, its always affordable.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@Inlemay Yes, you always have to factor in what you would be spending anyway if you stayed home.
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@gudheart (12804)
3 Mar 16
LOL That sounds like a good plan :D Happy for you.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@gudheart It is a good plan, we love it here. Maybe when you retire you can do the same.
@marlina (60642)
• Canada
2 Mar 16
Yes and no, I am not jealous for the par where you have to take the plane to get there but jealous of the fact that you can enjoy the lovely weather and the beaches.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
@marlina Yes that's the worst part - the getting here. It's not too bad as the plane only takes just over two hours, but the airport thing is a bit of a pain. But it's really worth it when we're settled in the hotel.
@Asylum (46793)
• Manchester, England
2 Mar 16
Yes I am jealous because I am currently stuck in England, so I hope that it rains in Spain.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 16
From what I hear you are hoist in your own petard
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@Asylum (46793)
• Manchester, England
3 Mar 16
@jaboUK Dear me, you are dating back a little with that phrase. It is almost as old as I am.
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@Asylum Well, I'm older than you by 10 years so I'm allowed to use that phrase!
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@SIMPLYD (74827)
• Philippines
8 Mar 16
How hot is it there in Spain . Here , the heat can go as high as 32 degrees celcius .
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 16
@SIMPLYD It gets as hot as that here in the summer, but no way would we come here then. It's about 68/70 at the moment, which is just right for us.
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@SIMPLYD (74827)
• Philippines
9 Mar 16
@jaboUK I wish to travel also to other countries of different season as ours , in the future , when i retire already .
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@jaboUK (50052)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 16
@SIMPLYD Retirement is fun - you have the time to do what you want to do, go where you want to go.
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