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12 Reasons We Decided to Move to Portugal from the USA

When we told people that we were moving to Portugal, we were met with the same responses and questions each time. Most everyone has an interest in WHY we decided to make the move to Portugal from the US and questions about the process.

So we’re sharing our American expat journey and everything you need to know about moving to Portugal from the USA – from making the decision to boots on the ground living in Portugal.

In this post, you’ll find the common misconceptions about Golden Visas and Portugal in general. We are also sharing the details of the process to get a D7 visa and what documentation we needed to provide. Lastly, how to find a place, pack up and relocate to Portugal.

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Porto-Riverfront

Why We Decided to Move to Portugal

These are the things we considered when deciding to make this move. We used the D7 Visa to get our Portugal residence permit.

1. We Always Wanted to Empty Nest or Retire Abroad

Guy and I met each other 32 years ago in a bar in Mexico on my senior year spring break. We eloped after 6 weeks. And if that wasn’t wild enough, we just picked up and moved to Paris as soon as I graduated. Here’s our crazy story.

Being exposed to a new culture is exciting. The lines started to blur between our American frame of reference and our Parisian existence. We soaked it all in for 6 months until we ran out of money and had to go back to the US to get jobs.

From that point on, we were hooked on wanting to be expats again. We considered doing it many times with our kids in tow and ultimately decided that our desire to give them a hometown outweighed all the exciting possibilities of living abroad.

Move to Portugal Evora

2. American Expats Moving to Portugal Love the Cost of Living

It’s no secret that Portugal is one of the best countries to move to from the USA. It’s been featured as one of the top 10 countries in Forbes, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and Business Insider. One of the biggest reasons is the affordable cost of living.

Some people say Portugal is so cheap but it depends on your situation. If you live in a less expensive part of the US and move to Lisbon, you might consider it more reasonable than cheap.

Our rental house in downtown Ericeira is walking distance to everything including the beach, for 1/4 of what it costs us to live in Los Angeles. Portugal private health insurance is 1/10 the the cost of what we paid in US. Cell phones, groceries, restaurants and other living expenses are also less expensive. Utilities, gas and tolls are higher.

3. Communicating in English and Spanish Makes the Move to Portugal Much Easier

Thankfully many Portuguese people speak English, especially in big cities. As a backup, proficient Spanish comes in quite handy when there’s a language gap.

It has given us time to learn Portuguese, which is a difficult language. Many of the words are similar to Spanish but they sound nothing alike. There are many guttural sounds like Russian. Reading is much easier than speaking.

2 days in Lisbon Praca de Comercio

4. A Lot of Other Expats Move to Portugal

It always helps when you can find other people with common interests and moving to a new country definitely bonds people.

There are plenty of Expat groups and activities in Portugal. We joined Americans & Friends PT Facebook Group and have made friends in our new town and around Portugal.

Many expats comment that their social calendar is busier than ever since their move to Portugal. It helps to make fast friends while you get to know your Portuguese community.

5. Enjoying the Portuguese Way of Life

We love the culture in Portugal. Portuguese people are kind, friendly and InterNations.org has ranked Portugal as the friendliest country towards expats.

In addition to being very welcoming, the Portuguese relaxed way of life is so appealing. We moved to a town 40 minutes outside of Lisbon so we can have the benefits of living near a big city with fantastic restaurants, culture, a major airport, hospital, and more.

Our day to day life is in Ericeira, the cutest surf town with cobblestone streets, where everything is walking distance. It reminds us of Canggu, Bali with a great beach vibe and yummy, healthy restaurants..

Move to Portugal Lagos

6. The Mediterranean Climate Was Key For Our Move to Portugal

I’m one of those people who would never survive living in Seattle or somewhere grey. Bright sunny days are my must-have. And at the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, it also can’t be too hot either.

The Algarve region seems to run hotter, especially in the summer, but the winters look great. Lisbon is quite warm during the summer. The northern part of Portugal is beautiful during the summer but winters are cold and rainy. The Silver Coast between Lisbon and Porto seems to have mild temperatures with windy days.

We decided to start our journey in Ericeira, which has its own microclimate that is 10 degrees cooler than Lisbon even though it’s only 50 km (31 miles) away. The climate is similar to Los Angeles.

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7. Portugal is One of the Safest Countries in the World

Safety and public issues like homelessness have been have been front and center in Los Angeles and the US in general. Additionally all the intense feelings everyone has about vaccines, masks, and politics is exhausting.

While you need to pay attention to your personal safety and petty crime in any major city in the world, violent crime is extremely low in Portugal. Homelessness is also very low in Portugal. And vaccination rates are very high.

No country is perfect. There is good and bad everywhere, but overall we felt really safe moving to Portugal.

2 Days in Porto Douro View

8. Portugal is Filled With Beautiful Places to Explore

There are so many amazing places to see in Portugal. On our first trip, we visited the dynamic city of Lisbon, castle-filled Sintra and the incredibly beautiful city of Porto. They were all amazing and a great first look at the country.

We headed back to Portugal armed with a list of places that were potentially good places to live. Our 2 week Portugal scouting trip included Ericeira, Mafra, Peniche, Foz do Arelho, Obidos, Nazaré, Cascais, Évora, Comporta, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Sagres and Lagos. We’ve since visited Coimbra, Azenhas do Mar, São João das Lampas, Foz de Figuera, and Aviero.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s available and plan to explore the country in depth We can’t wait to share all of the beautiful destinations here on the blog.

Sao Sebastiao Ericeira Portugal Surf Spots

9. Moving to Portugal for Great Surfing

Surfing is one of Guy’s must-haves. He absolutely would not move to Portugal or live anywhere that is more than 10 minutes from the beach.

Portugal is known for some of the best surfing and Ericeira, is one of 10 places in the world (and the only one in Europe) that is part of the World Surfing Reserve. It’s probably not coincidental that we are moving from one of the 10 WSR places, Malibu, to Ericeira.

There are wide sandy beaches for relaxing, protected beaches for safe water activities and world class surfing beaches. There are also plenty of surf spots for beginners. We highly recommend one of these Ericeira hotels so you can see it for yourself.

10. The Ability to Work Remotely in Portugal

The one good thing about our Covid world is that Guy’s work became almost 100% remote allowing us a chance to move. I can run this website from anywhere with good internet. The internet speeds in Portugal are fast and cost less.

The time change allows us to have all day free and start working around 3-4pm to be in line with the US.

Castelo dos Mouros Sintra Itinerary

11. There’s a Path to Portuguese Citizenship After Five Years

One of the exciting parts of going through the Portuguese residency process is that it can lead to permanent residence and citizenship in 5 years. If you live 8 months a year in Portugal (Golden Visa only needs 2 weeks a year), after 5 years, you are eligible to become a Portuguese citizen.

We have no idea if this is something that will end up happening but it’s our goal if we love living there. Portugal offers one of the fastest paths to citizenship in the European Union.

Montenegro View

12. There Are So Many Great Countries to Explore Near Portugal

If you have followed this blog, you may know about our 50 Country World Travel Challenge. The goal was to visit 50 new countries in our 50s so that we would push our boundaries and visit places we might not go otherwise.

This fun goal paved the way for our first trip to Portugal and this new chapter of our lives. It also opened the door for us to visit countries that we thought of as one day, making them a reality like Croatia, Malta, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt .

We were off to a great start and went to 14 countries in the first 2 years until life as we know it changed. Living 40 minutes from the Lisbon Airport and lots of cheap non-stop flights, opens a world of possibilities.

If you’re looking for ideas for your own world challenge, check out these 25+ Bucket List Trips to Europe.


Common Misconceptions About Moving to Portugal

Misconception #1: You Need a Portugal Golden Visa

By far, the biggest misconception about moving to Portugal is that the ONLY way to do it is by buying property in Portugal through the Portugal Golden Visa program. There are multiple paths to getting residency in Portugal.

The Portugal Golden Visa program allows you to financially invest in real estate or a business to get a residency permit. The upside is that you can get a residency permit in Portugal and ultimately gain citizenship after 5 years and you only need to spend 2 weeks a year in Portugal.

The downside is that you need to invest a large amount of money and the real estate options do not include Portugal’s coast or biggest cities. Portugal’s Golden Visa program is on hold at the time of this post.

If Portugal starts allowing Golden Visas again, the program is good for people looking to buy property (in the areas that are still allowed) as their main home or vacation property.

The Portugal D7 Visa (also known as the Retirement Visa, Passive Income Visa or Digital Nomad Visa)

People of all ages use the D7 Visa option. The D7 Visa allows you to get a residency permit for two years without buying property. It is renewable in 3 year increments and you can gain citizenship after 5 years.

You are required to spend 8 months a year in Portugal and not have any absence longer than 6 months if you want to qualify for the renewal or citizenship. You also need to prove that you have income outside of Portugal through investments or remote work.

The benefit of the Portugal D7 Visa is that it allows you to live in Portugal as a renter or a property owner in the areas that do not qualify for the Golden Visa like Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve.

The downside to the D7 visa is the 8 months a year requirement if you are not interested in moving to Portugal and that you have an outside income source to sustain your life in Portugal.

Misconception #2: Portuguese People Don’t Like Americans

We have found Portuguese people to be very welcoming. There were a few articles widely circulated in the US that said Americans were creating a rise in prices for Portuguese people. The LA Times blamed it on Californians alone. Here’s the reality:

  • Portugal’s decision to attract immigrants was based on the fact that Portugal’s population is decreasing. According to the Portugal News, in 2021 there was a population loss of 217,376 residents due to lower birth rates, death rates and migration.
  • As of 2021, foreigners make up 5.4% of the population (555,300 people) and 6,900 are American.
  • The impact of 6,900 people on a population of 10 million is not the picture you get when the American news quotes 45% growth in American immigrants. Said another way, the American population in Portugal grew from 4,800 to 6,900 people.
  • A Portuguese photographer friend complained about the cost of living in Downtown Porto in 2018. He attributed it to the increase in tourism and the business of short term rentals.
  • A fun little tidbit – there are more than 300,000 Portuguese Americans living in California alone.

Misconception #3: You Need to Hire an Immigration Service or Lawyer

If you are buying a house in Portugal, it is highly recommended to use a lawyer. However, there are services charging excessive amounts for the D7 visa services.

Like a lot of other people, we did the D7 application process on our own. As long as you are someone who is detail oriented and can follow instructions, you can get a D7 Visa without using a lawyer. T

I have listed the process below but it changes constantly so you should join the Facebook group Americans & FriendsPT for the current requirements and access to their free resources.

Misconception #4: Portugal is a Tax Haven

The non-habitual resident taxation regime (NHR) provides lower Portuguese taxes for 10 years but it might not apply to you. These laws favor retirees and certain occupations.

There are tons of UK websites claiming Portugal is a tax haven. Be careful with advice you find online. If you are seriously considering a move to Portugal, talk to a US accountant and a Portuguese accountant about your specific situation.

  • You will need to file returns in both places – two accountants and two sets of tax preparation fees.
  • The US/Portugal Tax Treaty ensures there is no double taxation but Portugal income tax goes as high as 48%.
  • Certain income is exempt from tax in Portugal, however, you may have to pay federal and state taxes on that income.

The Process of Moving to Portugal from the US

Once you are seriously considering the move to Portugal, there are a bunch of things to do. We’re sharing the process we went through to give you an idea of what is involved.

We highly suggest you join the free Facebook group Americans & FriendsPT. They have a ton of helpful, up to date resources with all the current requirements.

Plan a Portugal Scouting trip

A scouting trip can serve multiple purposes. The first is to figure out where you want to live. It’s good to familiarize yourself with a variety of areas so you can see what feels like home. Research ahead of time will help you nail down an itinerary.

The second reason to do a scouting trip is to obtain the documents you will need for your visa application. When we did our trip, we found a house and signed a one year lease, which is required for the D7 Visa.

We also got a NIF number which is a Portuguese version of a social security number. In hindsight, it would have been helpful to get our NIFs before our trip because you literally can’t do anything official in Portugal without one.

The last thing you should do on a scouting trip is open a Portuguese bank account in person, because it’s difficult to do remotely from the US.

Once we opened the account, we transferred money using Wyze. They make it easy to take money from your US bank account and deposit it into your Portuguese bank account. Their exchange rate is much better than most places and the fees are low.

The Things You Need to Apply for a D7 Visa

  1. Fill out the online D7 application from the VFS Website
  2. Make a VFS appointment and print out a hard copy of your confirmation
  3. Make sure your Passport has a minimum of 6 months of validity
  4. Make a copy of your passport and get it notarized
  5. Get 2 passport photos cut to Portuguese size for your visa
  6. Get a travel insurance policy
  7. Provide proof of financial means from recurring income like stock dividends, real estate income or social security
  8. Proof of Portuguese bank account with the required amount of funds
  9. A copy of a one year lease or contact from buying a property
  10. NIF number
  11. FBI background check
  12. Release for a Portugal background check 
  13. If married, get a copy of your marriage certificate notarized
  14. If you are bringing your children, get copies of their birth certificates notarized
  15. A personal statement about why you want to move to Portugal
  16. Make a flight reservation for your move to Portugal and print out the itinerary
  17. Money order for the visa application

Moving Abroad Checklist

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Get a VPN

I’m putting this right at the top because I forgot to do it and had to coordinate with my son to set it up after I left. Whether it’s just for travel or moving, a VPN will give you a protected internet connection.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. In simple terms it creates a private connection when you are using unsecured airport/hotel network. It’s very easy to set up and use through an app on your phone or a website on your computer.

It also allows you to make it look like you are in the US when you are online. That’s important if you want to use your streaming services while you’re abroad. Everything but Netflix is blocked without using a VPN.

We use NordVPN and have been very happy with it. For less than $3 a month we can connect 6 devices. Some friends use Surf Shark and they seem equally happy. It is essential to protect you and to stream services when you travel or live abroad.

Medication

Get Up to Date on Medical Appointments and Issues

Do all your annual check ups like the eye doctor and dentist. Get a physical, a mammogram and deal with any ongoing health issues before you move. Get copies of all your records and get things like MRIs on CDs if you need them.

Fill prescriptions and see if they have the medications you need in Portugal. Stock up on your preferred vitamins and things like contact lenses. If you need to get medication in Portugal, you will need to make a doctor’s appointment and get a prescription.

You want to give yourself enough time to set up your healthcare in Portugal. Once you get your real insurance in Portugal, you will need to wait out a grace period for all issues. Most things are 60 days but childbirth is a year.

Your travel insurance will cover you for any major, unexpected issues but anything routine will be out of pocket for at least the first 60 days. The good news is that the full cost for medical care in Portugal can sometimes be less than the cost of a copay in the US.

Online banking

Get Your Finances in Order

Make sure your accounts are set up for electronic statements. If you have costs that are happening in the US after you are gone like a mortgage, get it set up on auto-pay. Go over your investments with an advisor to see if you want to make any changes.

Set up an account with Wyze so you can easily transfer money between your US to Portugal bank accounts. It’s the lease expensive way we’ve found to transfer funds. The other thing we like about Wyze is that you can keep an eye on the exchange rate and transfer the second it looks good to you.

Set up a USA Forwarding Address

You need to have a physical place to send mail. US banks require you to have a US address. Many people will use a family member’s address. It’s unlikely that you will get much mail but setting up a plan for your US address is important.

Traveling with a pet to Portugal

Figure Out a Pet Plan – Traveling to Portugal With a Pet

Moving your pet can be one of the most stressful parts of the move. They need a rabies vaccination and to be microchipped. Then they need to be tested 30 days later and get USDA clearance.

You have to make a flight reservation for them whether they are in cabin or cargo. Our dog went through the rabies and microchipping but we were dreading the flight because he was too big to fit under the seat and to frail for cargo.

We ultimately made the heartbreaking decision to leave him in the US with our family because he is 15 years old and it just seemed like it was unfair to move him at that age when he has never been on a plane before.

Some people charter a flight and split the cost with other people. There are Facebook groups where you can connect. We would have felt comfortable doing that but the cost is very expensive.

If you are bringing your pet, bring any medication they might need. Also bring enough of their current food while you transition them to a new food that can be easily found in Portugal.

Moving to Portugal Packing

Relocating to Portugal Using a Shipping Container or Going Minimal

For some people it makes sense to pare down. We want to keep things light so we can travel for a few months at a time. So we fit our things into 4 traditional duffle bags, a rolling duffle bag, a surfboard bag, 2 hardshell spinner carry ons and 2 of our favorite travel backpacks.

We highly recommend using airtags so you can track your bags. If your luggage gets lost, you’ll be able to tell the airline where it is instead of being at their mercy to find it.

You can minimize baggage fees by using credit card miles to get award tickets. Be sure to check the airlines baggage policy before you buy tickets or pack. We carefully planned our baggage to pay zero excess baggage including the surfboards. We’ve also heard of people paying up to $1,500 for all their baggage.

Other people buy a house and are planning to retire in Portugal. They might want to pack up their belongings in a shipping container so they can bring the comforts of home with them. It takes awhile until you receive your container so figure the timing into your plan.

There’s no one size fits all answer to the question of what to bring with you or how to get it there. A shipping container is expensive but for some, it may be less expensive than completely refurnishing a house.

Mercedes Sprinter Conversion

Sell The Things You Aren’t Bringing With You

Once things start getting down to the wire, your life starts to feel like a fire sale. We sold our car, our precious sprinter van, and a house that we had remodeled. As we sold each item things became more exciting because we knew we were one step closer to the move but more complicated because we didn’t have a place to live or a car to drive.

It’s almost never a good idea to import your car into Portugal. There are shipping costs and you have to convert the car to Portuguese standards to register and insure it. Everyone that imports their car resoundingly calls it a mistake. We were so sad to part with the Sprinter but we can build a new one here.

Think twice before selling your house if you can rent it out to cover the mortgage or create an income. Some people move to Portugal and end up changing their minds. If it makes sense to hold onto your house for a few years, you can always sell it later when you are 100% sure you’re not moving back.

When you sell your car or do anything DMV related, make sure to get a copy of your driving record. In California, you just walk in and use the kiosk to print it out. No waiting in line. I think there was a $5 charge that you could pay by ATM or credit card.


If You Want to Know More About Relocating to Portugal

Feel free to ask questions in the comments if there is something we have not covered here. Our goal in sharing is to help anyone that is considering making the move to Portugal.

The process of getting a D7 Visa for Americans moving to Portugal has been a little complicated but it is very doable if you meet the requirements. And so worth it!

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Brittiny
    September 8, 2022 at 2:45 am

    Jenifer! Thank you so much for all this information. My husband and I are moving to Portugal in 3 weeks! Would love to see what you think of our plan and ask a few questions if that’s ok! Would be great to talk to someone who’s done it!

    -We leave for Portugal on a tourist visa 9/25 (he has to be there for work by 9/31)

    -We have an appointment at the San Fran location (we are MT residents) on 10/17 so we are flying back for that. Hopefully we will have out NIF numbers, bank account opened with funds, and lease by then. How long did it take to get your NIFs?

    -Then we have to go back to Portugal while we wait for approval. This is the part that is still grey to me… I read somewhere that they are holding our passports until approval. This is something we won’t be able to do since we have to be in Portugal for work. I also read that sometimes you can make an appeal to keep your passports until approval. What did this part look like for you guys?

    Other than this I think I understand the rest of the process… Go to the appointment in Portugal for the permit for the interview. etc..

    Any invite you may have is great! Thanks for your help!
    -Brittiny

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      September 8, 2022 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Brittiny, Congrats on your move. For the NIF, you can get it now and I recommend that you do it while you are still in the US. Nothing gets done in Portugal without it.

      You do not need to leave your passport at your D7 meeting (no appeal necessary) but you will need to fly back to the US after you are approved and send your passport in for the visa stamp.

      Good luck with the move.

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    Kristie Adair
    August 31, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    My husband and I are currently on our second trip to Porto – this trip being our “Scouting Trip.” We found a place to rent, have a lease, are getting our NIF next week and bank account set up. We are beginning the D7 application process this week. Currently we are flying back to the US mid September to finish packing up and fetch our dog to bring back with us. Our plan is to be come back (we are full time RVers) here while we wait for the passport to process and are confused to where we make the Embassy Appt…did you go to DC or have an appointment in Lisbon?
    (We tried to go on line to make the appointment but none are available.)

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      August 31, 2022 at 5:27 pm

      How exciting Kristie. Sounds like you guys are moving right along in the process.

      The place you make the appointment for your visa depends on where you live in the US. We went to San Francisco since they handle California residents (and most of the western US states). You will submit your visa application in the US. If you are having a hard time getting an appointment, just keep checking the portal. If I remember correctly they open up more appointments mid-month but people are constantly rescheduling so appointments open up all the time.

      Once you get approved, you will get your visa and a SEF appointment in Portugal where you will have your residency interview. Usually the appointment is 3 months later and it’s most likely that you and your husband will have appointments in different cities.

  • Reply
    Mandy Harshbarger
    August 24, 2022 at 1:30 am

    It’s early days for us – just planning our first scouting trip for Spring and know we want to do at least two – but I just want to thank you for your generosity in sharing this information. As a now-retired military spouse I was worried I was over-confident about dealing with the logistics myself (as has always been my role in moves), but you’ve shown me that I can use that experience and plan this move without hiring someone.
    I am grateful!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      August 25, 2022 at 6:51 am

      Thanks so much for the message Mandy. Good luck with your scouting and eventual move. Check back here because we’ll share more about Portugal periodically.

  • Reply
    chris
    July 27, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I was considering Barcelona but lately have heard about Lisbon. But I also hear the locals are mad at Californians for raising the cost of living. 🙂 I’m at an age where I really want to own a home but am sadly single and renting (50 yrs). I’m in CA as well. Reading your blog I’m debating renting for a year (with my dog) in Ericeira after visiting if I like it. Questions: 1. What do you think a small/average house with yard would cost? I’m paying nearly 2K/month for a very old cottage. 2. Does your husband work crazy hours with the time difference? 3. Do you think safe for an old single lady and maybe place to meet singles? 🙂

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      July 27, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Chris! I don’t know if it’s true about locals being mad at Californians or Americans for that matter. There were a few US news articles that made those claims but I’ve never seen it substantiated in real life. The biggest issue with an influx of foreigners is that it drives up the price of real estate but it also adds money to the economy, so there’s that. All of the Portuguese people we’ve met have been so welcoming and the expats we’ve met seem to do everything they can to be respectful of the opportunity to live there.

      1. A small house with a yard in Ericeira would probably be around 1.5-2K euros/month to rent. If you are planning to visit, I’m happy to share my real estate agent’s number with you. She could definitely give you more accurate info. 2. The time difference is actually great for work. He gets all day free and works in the afternoon until about midnight. 3. It’s definitely a safe area but I don’t really know about the singles scene.

  • Reply
    Delma Gottlieb
    July 12, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    That is so exciting. I’m so happy for you guys. I love Samantha and I visited several years ago and had a blast! Good luck on all your endeavors!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      July 13, 2022 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you Delma! Let us know if you visit again. We would love to see you

  • Reply
    Kurt
    April 20, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    What is the golf and pickleball scene down there? Guy needs surfing, I need cheap golf and pickleball!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 21, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      There’s plenty of golf. Check out West Cliffs and Praia D’el Rey. The Algarve definitely has a bunch too. We’ll have to check out the pickle ball scene and get back to you 😉

  • Reply
    Steven Bialos
    April 18, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    What an exciting adventure!!!! Definitely my “coolest” cousins. We hope to come visit. Please keep posting so we can live vicariously through you. xo

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 18, 2022 at 11:09 pm

      We can’t wait for you to come visit!! xx

  • Reply
    Ruth
    April 18, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    This was a great read! So happy for you and your husband! During my travels to Europe, I fantasized about the places I would like to live. Spain was on the top of the list. I considered Germany as well. That was until we visited Portugal in 2019. We loved everything about the country. While in Nazare, we took a look at the real state prices. We almost fell back when we saw the prices. After that, I have read a lot about the country and the possibilities. My husband and I have said we want to do something different, maybe in another country or closer to family, after 50. To be honest, I have the the itch of cutting the plug at around 45. Hope we can make that a reality (depends on our investments and other factors).

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 18, 2022 at 11:06 pm

      Portugal definitely makes early retirement or living as a digital nomad a possibility. Nazare and the Silver Coast is so beautiful and affordable. Let us know if you make the move.

  • Reply
    Winter Hoffman
    April 18, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Here’s a terrific article that just came out. It’s written by my journalist friend Kathleen Hughes.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/portugal-retirement-what-to-know-11649450537?st=ucde8s9ihouuksd&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 18, 2022 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Mimi
    April 18, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    That’s so exciting. My son is going to an eight day surf camp this summer. We just got back from Spain and I could definitely move to Mallorca.

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 18, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      That sounds like so much fun for your son. Will he be in Portugal? We are really looking forward to exploring all over Portugal AND Spain.

  • Reply
    Tammi
    April 4, 2022 at 12:32 am

    I just returned from Portugal and can absolutely see the appeal of moving there. Will be watching your journey closely! Congratulations to you both and I look forward to future posts on how it’s going.

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 4, 2022 at 5:29 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    MP
    April 3, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Such an exciting move for you two. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures. We love Portugal, too!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 4, 2022 at 5:29 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Kara
    April 3, 2022 at 3:31 am

    Enjoyed this overview of your reasons for choosing a move to portugal. Can’t wait to visit

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      April 4, 2022 at 5:28 am

      We’re going to have so much fun when you visit.

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