“The main challenge is finding the right bank to suit your profile. Bank products and eligibility criteria vary considerably and one bank may be appropriate for one client and totally unsuitable for another.” Kevin Monger of Mortgage Direct gives the lowdown on getting the best possible Spanish mortgage
“Choosing the right time of year can also be important, especially if your kids are of school age. They will find it much easier if they can start attending their new school at the start of the academic year, which is September in Spain.”
Amy Odaro spent 9 months in Marche, an eastern Italian region, with her husband and young son. Here she talks to MumAbroad Life about their positive experience and shares her favourite family-friendly services, restaurants and places to visit.
Formerly, part of the German democratic republic, today a fantastic area for summer holidays – the coast of the Baltic Sea has a lot to offer – long sandy beaches, coastal paths for cycling trips and walking tours, plus cities with cultural highlights.
“I reach out all over the world, and try to find the brightest and most creative people out there!” – Joan Koenig on selecting teachers for The Kindergarten.
“Christmas markets with activities for children are particularly popular. Next to the nativity scene at the Christmas market in Augsburg there is the Himmlisches Postamt (heavenly post office).”
The second in a series of great family holiday destinations in Germany by Bavarian blogger Julia. Here she talks about The Rhineland.
“Fitting in like a local is all about observing them well, learning the language and customs and trying your best to get as close to their dolce lifestyle as possible – always maintaining your own values of course.” Sophie Charlotte, Life Coach
“I particularly enjoy treating families; there is nothing more satisfying in clinic than seeing three different generations of the same family coming in for their regular check-ups. Through our family packs we help families look after their health. Our mantra is to allow you to Live Without Limits.” Russell Dean
“We have an annual average of 200 women ranging from ages 25 to 80 representing over 20 nationalities and having a ton of life experience and experience of living in Barcelona. Many have been here for more than 25 years and some have only arrived last week which adds to the diversity of our organization.”
Julia, founder of Travelingkinder, a family-friendly travel blog written in German and English explains why the Chiemsee area is a great all year round family holiday destination.
Viviana Bagnato, co-founder of ART and SEEK, talks about the inspiration behind the educational programmes they offer in English for the communities of Rome.
MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant & Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives in Barcelona and is Mum to Poppy (7) and Bertie (5) and Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children, Ollie (7), Sophie (5) and Theo (1).
“In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child. With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, Barcelona Mum was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months MumAbroad Spain was launched, incorporating the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof.
We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview section, you can read about other mums’ experiences of living abroad as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational ladies, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our forum allows parents to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community.”
Carrie & Rebecca