Sally Veall

Born in London but having spent many of her younger years between the UK and Tuscany, Sally gained a taste living abroad at an early age. Having gained her A-levels, she “fell” into journalism, which saw her work as a freelance before changing career direction and studying interior design. She speaks several languages: French, Italian and Spanish which became useful when she moved to northern France in 1996 because of her husband’s work. There she helped him as a translator and also had her own business renovating and decorating rural houses for people from the UK and The Netherlands. In 2000 she moved to south-west France and re-established her property career, often working with Notaires as an independent translator for English-speaking clients. In 2006 she moved to Catalonia in Spain, again due to her husband’s work. At that time she had very little Spanish but quickly learnt it and also attended the local adult college to gain a basic understanding of Catalan. To begin with, she continued to renovate and decorate properties but then an opportunity arose in 2010 to return to writing and since then she has worked for the SpainBuyingGuide as the resident copywriter and freelances for other online websites. She says her aim is to tell the truth about moving to another country and to ease the way for new arrivees. With over 25 years’ experience as a “foreigner living abroad” she understands the joys and hardships of making a new life in another country. Books: Richmond, Surrey, As it Was. 1976  Historical and Archeological Section of the Richmond Society. (John Cloake, John Wright and Sally Albrecht (Veall).) Property:  Spain Buying Guide. Resident copywriter since 2010. Interior Design: Owner of Salvia Decor, Salisbury Wiltshire. Showroom/interior design. Working independently in France from 1996 to 2006 and in Spain from 2007 to 2010.

Articles by Sally Veall

Part three: a trip along the Costa Brava

Our writer in Spain, Sally Veal, has called the Costa Brava home for a long time now. In the third part of this series on the beautiful Spanish coast, she takes us on a journey through: Palamós, Platja D’aro, Sant Feliu de Guixols and Tossa del Mar.

Tips for eating on a budget in Spain

Feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living in Spain? Our writer in Spain, Sally Veall, offers money-saving tips for grocery buying. You can eat delicious healthy food and watch your pennies in Spain. Plus, many traditional Spanish dishes and ingredients (like stale bread) are not too costly. 

Job Hunting in Spain 2023

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to work in Spain? Our expat writer in Spain, Sally Veall, uncovers what jobs in are in-demand right now. Plus, we detail what visas you will need to look into so that you can work in Spain.

A trip along the Costa Brava

Our writer in Spain, Sally Veal, takes us on a journey along the northern part of the Costa Brava, Catalonia.