• 5 year plan

    What is a rough plan, why does it matter and how to create one?

    In a previous post I shared a rough plan for our first few months here at Finca Bravo. In this post I want to talk a bit more about the benefits of having a rough plan and why and when it can be useful to create a draft plan even when you don’t have a lot of information to go by. When to use a rough plan When you are planning something substantial, be it a holiday, a move (career or physical), a project, etc it is tempting to try and immediately create a detailed plan that you can then use to guide you along. However I find that you…

  • 5 year plan

    5 ways you can save money when living a simpler life

    How to live a simple life with little money? This question came up a lot when Patricia and I were discussing our plan to move to Spain to live a simpler, cheaper and more fulfilling life. But choosing a simpler life doesn’t mean you have to cut back on everything or that you need to choose between living your life or saving up money. In this blog post I will go over 5 simple ways we have used to save money but that are also fun (and healthy!) in its own right: 1. Growing our own fruit, vegetables and flowers We really enjoy gardening and part of the attraction of living an…

  • 5 year plan

    A rough plan

    We certainly haven’t got a complete plan for the coming years but sometimes it’s good to force yourself to put your ideas to paper. So here is our rough plan for the next 3 years or so, don’t be surprised if this all goes completed haywire after a few months of actually living at Finca Bravo: Spring 2018 Move and settling in Fix running water and shower Install basic electricity supply to run some appliances (fridge!) Plant some fruit and vegetables Plant some trees Get approval from the local authorities for our build Get a dog Summer 2018 Set up tents to provide rural B&B Start creating our outside space…