May 10, 2022

Living in Spain as an Expat or Digital Nomad With Chase Warrington, Host of the About Abroad Podcast

Living in Spain as an Expat or Digital Nomad With Chase Warrington, Host of the About Abroad Podcast

What is it like to live long-term in Spain and how do you do it? Join Kristin in her first interview of 2022 as she speaks with Chase Warrington about working remotely as a nomad and living in Spain long-term.


What is it like to live long-term in Spain and how do you do it? Join Kristin in her first interview of 2022 as she speaks with Chase Warrington about working remotely as a nomad and living in Spain long-term.

Chase is the Host of the About Abroad Podcast and Head of Remote at Doist. As an American expat living in Valencia with his wife and dog, Chase offers valuable insight into the cost of living in Spain, how to get your first remote job, and how YOU can move to Spain, too!

In this episode, Chase shares the story behind why he and his wife decided to quit their jobs to travel the world, why they settled in Spain, and all about their newfound Spanish lifestyle.

Tune in to hear Chase describe a day in his life working from a Spanish coworking space (siestas optional), the incredible diversity España has to offer, and the countries he’s planning on traveling to next!

 

EPISODE 156 TOPICS DISCUSSED/WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • [04:16] Having a social life and community while being nomadic.
  • [07:18] Why and how Chase and his wife quit their jobs to travel the world.
  • [14:18] Lessons learned from running an ecommerce business abroad and traveling through Central and South America with a dog.
  • [23:48] How Chase found a remote job and transitioned to the role of Head of Remote at Doist.
  • [27:25] & [56:23] A day in the life of a digital nomad living in Spain.
  • [29:31] The powerful benefits of transitioning your company to a remotely work structure.
  • [40:19] Tips and tricks for applying for remote jobs for the first time and why you need to research “remote-first” jobs.
  • [51:13] How to live long-term in Spain AND gain permanent European residency with the Non-Lucrative Visa vs. the Digital Nomad Visa.
  • [59:56] The cost of living in Spain vs. the USA and where you’ll save the most money in expenses (spoiler: health insurance!).
  • [1:08:43] The diversity of Spain: Culture, food, climate/terrain, languages, and more!
  • [1:11:46] Chase and Kristin’s thoughts and opinions on the NEW Digital Nomad Visa and paying taxes as an expat/digital nomad.

 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

  • [10:50] How do you get a remote job?
  • [17:43] How do you travel abroad with a large dog?
  • [26:18] What are the responsibilities of a “Head of Remote” position?
  • [29:31] Why should companies consider transitioning to fully remote or giving their employees the option to work remotely?
  • [35:08] How does Doist operate efficiently and asynchronously?
  • [38:56] What project management tools do you use?
  • [46:53] Why did you move to Spain?
  • [53:49] What countries are you thinking of going to next?
  • [57:31] Why did you choose to move to Valencia?
  • And much more!

 


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Chase Warrington

Head/Host

Globally minded professional with nearly 15 years of remote work experience leading distributed teams from locations across the US, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Head of Remote at Doist, the creators of Todoist & Twist, supporting 25M+ customers, and a leading remote-first organization with 100+ employees spread throughout 30+ countries, spanning all time zones.

I'm passionate about the movement towards distributed teams, and the positive impact it is having on income equality, the environment, work-life balance, and emerging markets. Throughout my career, I have always felt that the confines of the office were limiting in myriad ways, and to be given the freedom to choose how, where, and when you work, should be within everyone's reach. It has not always been the case, but today it is possible - and if remote at scale is done correctly, the opportunities for individuals and organizations to thrive are beyond measure.

The "why" behind my work is rooted in these beliefs and a strong desire to see the remote work movement migrate into the mainstream. With this in mind, I contribute as an instructor, writer, and speaker on subjects related to remote teamwork, for many of the major platforms empowering location-independent professionals and organizations. I've had the privilege to address teams on all continents on this subject, and present or publish work for outlets such as Forbes, Running Remote, wrkfrce, RePeople, The Remote Times, Remote-how, The Remote Future Summit, and Work From Anywhere, amongst others.