Working 10 Hours a Week Funds My Life in Small-Town Spain

The Mediterranean Sea has a sort of calmness about it that makes life seem incredibly peaceful. In the early morning, walking along the promenade that runs parallel to the sea in the seaside town I call home, I couldn’t feel any more tranquil.

Roquetas de Mar is located just outside of the city of Almeria, and about two hours from the popular destination of Malaga. While this small town bustles with activity, it remains the epitome of southern Spain’s relaxed pace of life. Since it’s only about an hour from Europe’s only desert, it hardly ever rains here. That means nearly every single day is full of blue skies and sun.

This town was once a small fishing village that grew into a relatively large town. However, while the new theater and shopping center portray a modern way of living, Roquetas still holds on to its roots. Every Thursday, an open-air market sells everything from fruits and veggies to clothes, paintings, and kitchenware. Neighbors know each other, and will often stop to chat when passing on the street. Life continues at a slower pace.

Here, you don’t have to rush anywhere. The winters are never too cold, and the summers last almost half the year. When July and August hit, the locals head to the beach. At 10:30 p.m., when it finally starts to get dark, you’ll find free shows and activities along the promenade, or even an outdoor theater that’s set up on the beach.

For me, living in southern Spain is a dream. I get to thrive in a place that is truly beautiful, and I support my life here with work that I love.

My online income is something I can take with me anywhere I go. One day I might work from home, another day I might be in a local café, sipping on a hot cup of café con leche. Wherever I have internet, I can work.

I’m a freelancer blogger…I write posts for people or businesses with blogs that need content. Since I find my own clients, I get to pick and choose what topics I want to write about. One day I might be writing about online marketing, the next day about musical instruments, and the next about travel. I only take on work that I enjoy, and I get paid for doing something I enjoy.

There is plenty of demand in this field, since more and more businesses are starting to realize the importance of a blog for their marketing strategy. Freelance bloggers can almost have their pick of online work. With a bit of experience, you could be earning $70 to $100 (or more) per blog post.

I can make about $1,000 a month from freelance blogging (and I never work more than 10 hours in a week), which easily covers the low cost of living here in southern Spain.

For a two-bedroom apartment on the top floor of an apartment building, my husband and I pay $319 a month. Our food bill hardly ever exceeds $227, and our utilities are normally under $57. But Roquetas de Mar is not the only place you’ll find such affordable prices. The province of Almeria is full of charming small towns that offer a high quality of life for a low price.

I’ve fallen in love with this seaside town, with living alongside the calm Mediterranean waters, and with the culture and tranquility of southern Spain.

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