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When we set out for full-time travel as a family of seven over 3 years ago, one of our main goals was to find out where we wanted to plant new roots.  Where did we want to live?

I expected that we would arrive to someplace on our journey and the lighting bolts would fly.  I figured we’d experience a “this is the place” type of feeling.

However, as we continued traveling the world, we ended up falling in love with each place we visited.  If anything, throughout our journey I realized we could live almost anywhere and be happy!

Full-Time Travel Burnout

Nearly two years into full-time travel, we began to burn out a bit.  I’ve written posts in the past about the challenges and difficulties of full-time travel, which you can read here.

Although we were experiencing amazing things and loving our travels, we could sense that it was time for a longer break.  Everyone was tired of homeschooling and we all wanted to make lasting friendships. It was officially time to decide on our new home-base.

Portugal Just Felt Different

When we visited Portugal, there were no lighting bolts or flashing signs telling us to stay. However we did have some very special experiences. I remember the first week at church (which is always a wonderful community for us around the world) I was touched at how welcoming everyone was.

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Many Brazilians live in Portugal and as you may know, they are notoriously welcoming and friendly.  At church, we were immediately invited to dinner at someone’s house the next week.  Imagine!  A huge family of 7, invited to their small apartment as relative strangers.  We were invited to dinner at a different home every Sunday that we were in Portugal. Those are some of my most treasured memories. 

We’ve visited countries across the globe and met some incredible people. Portugal, however, stands out as the most welcoming in our minds.

The Language of Portugal

In addition to the friendliness of the people, I was also touched by the Portuguese language.  Chris speaks fluent Portuguese from his LDS Mission to Brazil. While I have a strong Spanish base, I’ve never been fluent.  However, I was immediately blessed with some understanding of the Portuguese language.  Within just a couple of weeks, I could understand 50% or so of what was being said.  

I had a feeling this language would be important to me and my family.

Throughout our travels, I’ve always felt so limited because I could only speak one language.  I really want my children to speak at least two languages.  

In considering what second language to learn, we found it was a huge perk that Chris already speaks Portuguese and can help us learn.

The Portuguese Culture

From our perception, Portugal doesn’t have a super dominant culture, but is special and kind.  Children are considered blessings, gathering are important, and family is at the center of it all. 

We love the fact that body image is healthy in Portugal.  Women love and accept their bodies in all shapes and sizes.

Family is super important, which is a value we share.

The South American influences have created a culture that stays up late and gets a later start.  We sure love that as well!!

Like the vast majority of Europe, Portugal maintains a healthy work life balance.  Vacations are normal.  They aren’t workaholics.

We visited in the summer and loved attending the “festas” or community parties every weekend.  See some of our Portugal videos here.

The Location of Portugal

I tell all my friends that Portugal is the California of Europe.  It has very similar climates and gorgeous beaches.  The water isn’t super warm to swim in, but there is a huge surfing community in Portugal.

There is a northern and southern part, similar to Northern and Southern California.  Lisbon is essentially the “Los Angeles” of Portugal, but much, much smaller.

The Cost of Living in Portugal

Although gaining popularity and therefore increasing in cost, Portugal is still very affordable.  On one tour in Porto, we were told our big family could get an apartment just outside of the city center for around 400 Euro a month.

The average salary is only around 1-2K Euro per month.  We were also told we could hire a full-time housekeeper for 400-1000 Euro per month!  (We will take two, please!)

The southern parts are more popular due to their warmer climates and therefore tend to be a bit more expensive.  Porto, where we lived, is more affordable.

It is more difficult to earn a living in Portugal.  If you can earn your living outside of the country, you’ll likely be in a better position.  We plan to continue to run our businesses from abroad, just as we did while full-time traveling.

Ultimately, A Call From God

We are faithful people.  We live our life trusting in guidance from God and the promptings we receive from Him.  

Ultimately, the reason we are moving is a strong confirmation that is where we are meant to go, for now.  That is reason enough for us.  We believe that His plan is greater than ours, and with His guidance we cannot fail.

Our Plan When We Get To Portugal

If you’ve visited Portugal before, let me know in comments!  What did you love? Maybe we’ll add it to our Portuguese adventures.

Here’s to a new chapter!



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