Thanks for your input. My reaction is one of relief really- it sounds fine by me- I was aware that the packages are very different (reduced) in Europe, and understand why. I want to live a more 'normal' life, and the kids won't be school age yet anyway. I would like there to be provision for them to attend - that seems reasonable, doesn't it (any responses from European SMT members?), but otherwise I'm not fussed about a package. Is it terribly unrealistic to think that we could survive for a couple of years on only one salary and savings? My partner is an amazing amazing chef, but any language other than English would be a barrier to work. We are very good at budgeting and don't have a great deal of money spare here and are used to it. I know supposedly Spain pays the worst, but are salaries and living costs as challenging everywhere? I am emphatically not looking for an expat bubble / package, I want to live in Europe... Does that make sense? Things I want; seasons; the ability to walk around an area/ a city; a range of beautiful or interesting architecture; parks and other things which my current Asian city seriously lacks. Does it sound as though we might find what we are looking for?