Our Retirement in the Sun
My wife, Sue, and I sold up in the UK and moved here to the north of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, in 2013 after she retired. I continued to run my business remotely from here for a couple of years before closing it in early 2015.
I decided to combine some of my hobbies and start a Youtube channel to keep me out of mischief. In these videos, and now this website, I try to show the island, and the way of life here, both good and bad. Also it includes hobbies such as woodworking, dogs, landscape photography, and radio controlled aircraft. Hopefully it shows that anyone can retire to the sun if they want to. It is not a matter of “being lucky” as so many people say to me. If that were the case, then with my luck, I would be living somewhere really awful, such as – well I won’t say.
We started coming to Fuerteventura about 18 years ago, largely because I had been once a few years before. We used to come for a week to escape the awful UK winter weather most years, apart from the occasional cruise or week in the Caribbean. Then we would look at holiday brochures to choose somewhere different to go but usually ended up agreeing to come back here as we knew we would enjoy it.
For a number of years we stayed in various places in Corralejo. In 2007 we had our first holiday in El Cotillo. Then, after living together for 17 years, we got married in 2008 and came to Fuerteventura for three weeks on honeymoon.
Two days from the end of our honeymoon we went for a walk and happened to look in an estate agent’s window. That was it, the idea came into our heads that we wanted an apartment there ourselves. By the following day we had chosen one and made all the arrangements to buy it. Well we like to take our time and think things through before we commit ourselves! We now let the apartment out for holiday lets in El Cotillo to provide an income.
We began spending more time here. As we both ran our own businesses – Sue was able to not take any training bookings for a couple of months over winter and, as I had staff in my office, and I worked from home most of the time anyway, I was able to work anywhere provided I had my laptop and an internet connection. We therefore started spending from just before Christmas to the end of February in the sun, and even longer some times.
I think at that point we both knew we wanted to retire to Fuerteventura eventually. Sue was actually ready a year or so before me. What finally did it for me was returning to the UK at the end of February 2012. The weather was amazing for February and I actually spent 3 or 4 days in the garden sorting it out. It then rained for over two months and that was it. I said “Let’s sell up and go!” – we were off. It took until the beginning of February 2013 to sell the house but we did it and haven’t looked back. Our retirement in the sun was complete!
“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike
wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost
everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read
anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work,
you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life.
Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson
If you are thinking of a retirement in the sun please feel free to make any comments or ask for advice.