Meet the Expats - Ben and Louise

As many of you will know, I moved to Portugal with my wife Louise in late 2009.

Tavira in Portugal

As many of you will know, I moved to Portugal with my wife Louise in late 2009, and we now live near Tavira, in Portugal’s sunny East Algarve with our eight-month old son Frederico (Freddie).

 

What do we do?

We are both freelancers, still making the vast majority of our money from clients in the UK.

I’m an IT consultant by trade, and support various business clients, mainly in London, thanks to the wonders of remote access technology. I also write regularly for a host of websites, spanning everything from lifestyle to technology, and maintain a couple of blogs of my own, including the award winning www.movingtoportugal.org.

Louise is a writer too, mainly for the property PR industry, but also does business consultancy and governance work for the UK not-for-profit sector.

 

What do we love about Portugal?

The kind of property you can rent or buy for a fraction of the UK cost; the amount of time each year where there’s no need for anything but shorts and flip-flops; the laid-back and humble attitude of most of the residents.

 

What do we hate about Portugal?

The bureaucracy, which is truly maddening; the lack of any sense of urgency in the business world; the “black economy” of work done for cash that makes things rather unfair on those who wish to do things properly.

 

What advice would we give anyone considering a move to Portugal?

  • Seek a LOT of financial advice if you plan to work or run a business in Portugal. A surprising number of “experts” know far less about the rules than they proclaim, especially when it comes to cross-border social security and taxation.
  • Make sure you visit your chosen area at various times of year. The Algarve in August and the Algarve in November are worlds apart in every way.
  • Rent before buying so you’re sure you’re making the right decision.

Further reading for Living In Portugal

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Finding work in Portugal

There are a number of ways that UK expats can fund their lifestyle in Portugal.
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Social life in Portugal

The best way to get settled in Portugal is to find out as much as you can about your new community.
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Heathcare

One of the first things you need to do once you arrive in Portugal is find out where your nearest hospital is.
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Education in Portugal

Are you emigrating to Portugal with school-age children?
 

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