Despite living in Spain for the past 6 years, and being self-employed for the past 2 years, I never applied for residency. Last year, when Spanish Motorbike Tours was forced to temporarily close due to the pandemic, I decided to buy a van and established a UK business called European Van Courier Ltd.
The idea was to operate as a door-to-door van courier service, and hopefully incorporate it into Spanish Motorbike Tours after the pandemic, moving customers bikes and equipment between the UK and Spain, allowing them to take a cheap flight and reunite with their bike for a tour of Spain.
Due to Brexit, I have had to rethink everything. The courier work was enjoyable, and it allowed me to travel during lockdown, and I moved a lot of bikes in the last 6 months of 2020, most which had been left in Spain when the pandemic started as their riders flew home to avoid being trapped abroad.
Following a seperation at Christmas, which I partly attribute to the amount of time I was away as a courier, I decided to apply for Spanish residency because my instinct told me that the courier work was going to be difficult to continue after Brexit. My instinct was right, as I returned to Spain on the 1st January 2021 to deliver a gearbox, I found it impossible to navigate the online customs decalration system with the sheer volume and variety of items for so many customers, so I have been unable to transport any goods back to the UK.
My residency application was approved, and the courier work is currently impossible to continue with, so I have taken the decision to sell the van and suspend European Van Courier Ltd so I can focus on restarting Spanish Motorbike Tours when tourism returns to Spain in the summer of 2021.
So, lets talk about the road trip this blog is about. I have advertised the van for sale in Spain, as thats where it is at the moment, and I have a lot of interest in it. I still need to return to the UK in March to tie up some loose ends, so the plan is to put the bike in the van, drive to the UK, deal with those loose ends and ride the bike back to Spain. Should the van sell to someone in Spain, things become a little more difficult, as I would then have to ride my Spanish bike to the UK, do what I have to and ride back to Spain. But trying to achieve all of this, during a pandemic with all the movement restrictions, is proving difficult but not impossible.
There is a solution to every problem, and Spanish Motorbike Tours will reopen as soon as we can. Watch this space.