Portugal 101

Portugal 101

Portugal offers you 1,115 miles of gorgeous coastline, historic castles and ancient ruins, a snow-free climate, your own dream home on a budget, and the friendliest people in the world…

It's likely the safest country you'll ever visit… with the lowest cost of living in Western Europe… and one of the top healthcare systems anywhere

Is Portugal the World's MOST AFFORDABLE COUNTRY to Live a Rich Life?

Here's What You Need to Know…

Dear Reader,

If you can't choose between the many retirement havens that might suit you, allow me to save you some time. Not too long ago, my friend Tricia was in a similar situation—and after exploring dozens of countries, she found the one place that offers everything…at an unexpectedly low price.

"My Social Security and my husband's income were not enough to continue to pay the mortgage and living expenses back home," she says. "In Portugal, we immediately saw our expenses fall to between one-third and one-quarter of what they were back in the U.S."

I'm Dan Prescher. If Portugal isn't on your shortlist yet, here's why it belongs at the top…

Portugal is an ocean lover's paradise, with hundreds of golden-sand beaches all along the coast (and most of this country is coast)… mountain highlands, with hills of heather, oak forests, and canyons sprinkled with tiny villages… fertile farmland that stretch for miles… sophisticated university towns… and wonderful vineyards that wind their way along the Douro River…

Yet a couple will only need $2,200 a month or less to live well anywhere in Portugal—even in the Algarve, home to exclusive beach resorts and some of Europe's top golf courses.

It's Official: Portugal is One of the Safest Countries in the World

According to the IEP's Global Peace Index 2019 (which measures safety, stability, crime rates, and more), Portugal ranks third in the world.

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Portugal
  4. Austria
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada

The warm and welcoming people love their local festivals and small town markets, and everyone is invited to join in the fun.

When it comes to fitting in, there is literally nowhere better—Forbes calls Portugal the easiest place in the world for visitors to make friends.

You'll find culture everywhere. Portugal is dotted throughout with castles and cathedrals, plus magnificent Roman ruins… and Moorish, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture.

Fascinating towns and cities of all sizes are everywhere, separated from one another by great green stretches of those vineyards, farmlands, forests, and rivers.

If, like my friend Tricia, you're looking for the ideal mix of Western European culture, a warm welcome, more beaches than California, and a lower cost of living than Kansas… there can be only one choice.

As Tricia explained, after exploring Ecuador, France, and Spain, "Portugal wasn't just the best choice—it was the most affordable by far for what we were looking for…"

Portugal is the Best-Value Destination in Western Europe—and It's One of the Most Affordable Places to Live Rich in the World

First things first, take a look at how Portugal measures up:

  • Low cost of living. You can dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant for $28 (try Antiqvvm in Porto)… rent an ocean view condo on a golden-sand island for $425 a month… and play a round of golf on one of the Algarve courses for $50. The way Tricia tells it—depending where you choose to live, you could expect to reduce your total expenses to about one-third to one-quarter of what you spend now.
  • Great climate. You can kiss those snow- and sleet-filled winters goodbye thanks to Portugal's sunny climate. With its Mediterranean climate, Lisbon enjoys the warmest winters of any large city in Europe.
  • Trusted healthcare. Portugal is known for its high-quality, professional health system, including nine JCI-accredited hospitals (the gold standard in international healthcare). According to the World Health Organization, Portugal has one of the best healthcare systems in the world—ranking 12th out of 191 countries. Yet this comes at a LOW price—that's why Portugal is gaining popularity as a medical-tourism destination. Private health insurance can cost less than $10 a month.
  • Safe and stable. Portugal is practically the most peaceful destination you could ever visit. The Global Peace Index is updated and published every year. Portugal always scores high—coming third in 2019, after Iceland and New Zealand. (Sadly, the United States is in 128th place.)
  • English widely spoken. Naturally, Portuguese is the official language of Portugal. But in the four main regions—Porto, Lisbon, the Lisbon Coast (like Cascais and Estoril), and the Algarve—you can easily get by with only English.

Portugal is the Perfect Size—Small Enough to Easily Explore, But Incredibly Diverse

Portugal has so much coastline, you are never far from a gorgeous beach.

You'll love beautiful, safe, cosmopolitan Lisbon, the jewel of Western Europe… the vineyards of the lush Douro Valley… the golf clubs of the Algarve… vibrant university towns… historic cities, green mountains, mesmerizing waterfalls, ancient castles… and all in a country the size of South Carolina

That's an impressive list, to be sure. Yet Portugal has so many more advantages.

It's the westernmost country in mainland Europe. Many airlines fly direct from North America to Portugal's three international airports, in less than 7 hours. So, it's closer than you think for when friends and family want to visit.

You'll likely make lots of new friends in Portugal. Last year, InterNations conducted a survey of expats all over the world. The questions asked were about how friendly expats found their new communities, how easy was it to make friends, how the locals fit in with visitors, and how likely expats were to want to stay in their new country.

Portugal came in first—as the most welcoming country in the world.

The Portuguese have a live-and-let-live attitude. You can sit for hours at an outdoor café nursing one cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and no check will appear unless you request it. It's normal for a person on a crosswalk to wave "thank you" to the driver who stopped.

And once you become friends with someone from Portugal—you will have gained a trusted ally forever.

Almost everything in Portugal is less expensive than you're used to. A restaurant lunch, including wine, often comes in at less than $10 per person, and a coffee at a sidewalk café costs less than a dollar.

A three-course dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant costs $55 in Paris and Rome, $50 in Madrid, but only $33 in Portugal's capital, Lisbon. Likewise, in budget-friendly Lisbon, monthly utilities for an 850-square-foot apartment can run you as little as $99, compared to $141 (Madrid), $152 (Rome), and $173 (Paris).

How Does Portugal's Capital City Compare for Cost of Living?

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So How Do You Find Out if Portugal is Right for You?

Portugal attracts 12 million visitors a year from Spain, Italy, France, the UK, Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. What makes some of those visitors—like my friend Tricia that I mentioned earlier—want to spend as much time as possible in Portugal?

The low costs, obviously, are a big draw. From its cosmopolitan north to its beachy south, Portugal is the best-value retirement haven you'll find in Western Europe—you can live comfortably on a budget of around $2,200 a month or less.

And there's something for everyone: white-washed villages with terra cotta roofs… cobblestone streets and elegant palaces… sandy beaches and green golf courses… and the whole country is filled with friendly locals.

That's why anyone who dreams of retiring to a place with beautiful scenery, better weather, and a far better cost of living… finds all that and much more in Portugal.

Still, it's a foreign country… If you decide to live in Portugal, you'll need a resident visa… You'll need to decide where in the country you want to live, and if you'll rent or buy a home or apartment…

You'll want to decide whether or not to ship your household goods…to buy a car or not…what you'll do about insurance and taxes…how you'll manage your banking and financial needs…

You'll want to understand the rules for importing your pets to Portugal…what kinds of vaccinations are needed…and on and on…

Even though Portugal is the friendliest place on the planet to retire to, there are many things to consider and plan for.

With something this important, you need reliable, up-to-date information you can count on, from a dependable, well-qualified resource.

That's where Tricia Pimental comes in, our Portugal Correspondent here at International Living.


Tricia Pimental,
Portugal Correspondent, IL

For years, Tricia loved taking vacations in Europe, especially Portugal. She assumed that living in Europe would always be a dream. Then in 2012 she and her husband, Keith, did the math and realized Portugal is so affordable - their dream was easily in reach.

Since moving there more than six years ago, Tricia has lived all over Portugal. As the IL Portugal correspondent, it's been Tricia's job to travel Portugal from the Spanish border in the north to the legendary Algarve in the south. She and her husband have lived in the north near Braga and also Porto (well-known for its mellow port wines), in colorful Lisbon, and now they live in Central Portugal 45 minutes from Spain.

Tricia is constantly on the lookout for ever-better places in Portugal to explore, invest, and start a business… She has contacts in every area of the country and is on top of all the technical and legal stuff… the processes and requirements for buying, renting, getting visas and residency, building, renovating, furnishing a home, moving your household goods, buying a car, bringing your pets, and so on…

She knows exactly how much it costs to live in the different communities and regions of Portugal. And based on her own experiences and the experiences of the many expats she's interviewed over the years, she has a ton of insider tips and strategies to help you save both time and money when you visit or live in Portugal yourself.

The Cheapest Home in Portugal?

"We know of one expat couple who bought a two-bedroom, one-bath 'ruin' for $28,600, and when the remodel is completed at a cost of less than $12,000, they'll have a two-bedroom, two-bath home for Airbnb rental, set on an olive grove in the countryside, with proximity to the autostrada.

"In general, though, outside Lisbon you can buy a city apartment for as little as $100,000; for something walking distance to the beach, the price goes up to $150,000; for spectacular ocean views in a popular beach town, expect to pay about $340,000 for a three-bedroom home. Though in lesser-known towns, a one-bedroom apartment with seas views can cost as little as $115,000."

And if you think Portugal may be the place for you, Tricia is committed to sharing her real-world, on-the-ground insights with you.

Your very best course of action would be to go to Portugal in person and spend a couple of months kicking around the country with Tricia. It would take about that long for her to show you, firsthand, everything she's seen and everything she knows that can help you streamline your own move to Portugal.

Spending time one-on-one with Tricia would certainly "fast track" your research, no question about it.

But, of course, that isn't really a practical option.

So we asked Tricia to create a personalized online virtual tour of Portugal.

It's a way for you to gain access to Tricia's incredibly comprehensive and truly rich depth of knowledge and get "plugged in" to everything you need to know. A way for you to see for yourself, from the comfort of your own home or office, all that Portugal has to offer you.

It's an easy, streamlined, and most reliable way to get you from where you are now—to a better life in the perfect place in Portugal that's exactly right for you.

This is Your Invitation to Go "On the Road" With Tricia Pimental

No matter how many times you've been there… no matter how many books you've read or online research you've done… what you don't know about Portugal may surprise you.

International Living has been reporting for 40 years now about the benefits countries like Portugal offer retirees—and over the last several years, Tricia has been asked to take on the most in-depth research-gathering project International Living has ever mounted on Portugal.

She's been challenged to dig deep… to round up all her insider intelligence and to assemble all this valuable information in one place…

And now we bring to you this brand-new project we call Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle.

This has been no small undertaking. Even though Portugal is a relatively small country, it's large on opportunity.

In effect, Tricia has been working on this project for six years… the entire time she's been in Portugal.

And take it from me, no one is better suited for this kind of challenge. Tricia is one of the most dogged and diligent researchers I know. She digs deep. She answers the questions you don't even know to ask…

Best of all, she makes sure the facts are reliable and verifiable. You can be certain that what Tricia tells you is correct and current… and that's probably the most important element in all this…

Things change. Rules are adjusted. Laws are reformed. New policies are instituted. You can't always rely on what you read online in expat forums or on the internet. You need a trusted resource. And that's Tricia.

What she's put together is not just groundbreaking, it's almost overwhelming in its scope. It's a complete resource reference of everything you need to know about moving to, investing in, living in, and/or starting a business in Portugal.

If you can name it, think of it, or wonder about it, Tricia has you covered. Every issue is addressed, every challenge is covered, and every question is answered.

Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle puts a huge amount of information, recommendations, tips, advice, and insights about living, traveling, and investing in Portugal in one place… in living color… on video.

It's the next-best thing to actually exploring the country with Tricia in person. And it's the best way I know to not just "tell" you about all Portugal has to offer, but to "show" you so you can see it with your own eyes…from the comfort of your home.

With Tricia as Your Guide, You'll Discover Everything You Need to Know About Europe's Affordable Gem

Michael D. zeroed in on Portugal as his overseas retreat because it offered him much of what he loved about living on the U.S. West Coast. "Hiking, mountain biking, surfing, and sunny weather," he says. Plus, the cost of living was lower.

In fact, Portugal's cost of living is lower than that of any other country Michael has lived in. "By 2004 I had lived in Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Spain," he explains.

Now he lives 20 minutes from downtown Lisbon with his wife Jayma.

"My grocery bill is about two-thirds of what I paid in San Diego, and I'm dining like a king on organic vegetables, fresh fish, and lobster."

Eating out is also inexpensive.

"Outside of Starbucks, espresso costs about 75 cents. Lunch—soup, main course, dessert, and beverage—in the Lisbon area runs between $8.50 and $12.50," Michael says.

Dinner in an upscale restaurant is $30 to $50 per person, though you can pay more. "For example, at the Grill Four Seasons in the Hotel Palácio Estoril, foie gras, crab soup, and a main dish of scallops and shrimp risotto will set you back $78. But then, it's one of the most exclusive establishments in Estoril, a resort town famous for being home to exiled European royalty and for Formula One motor racing."

The following monthly budget is a typical example of what two North Americans could pay to live in most neighborhoods of Portugal:

Housing (rent for a furnished two-bedroom apartment: $700
Electricity: $46
Water: $23
Domestic Gas/Oil: $35
Household help (maid twice per month, three hours per day): $52
Internet package (includes cell phones and TV): $86
Health insurance: $112
Transportation: $200
Groceries: $460
Entertainment (including dining out once per week: $290
Incidentals: $230
TOTAL: $2,234

Annette R. moved to the popular beach town of Cascais with her husband José.

Living in Atlanta, Georgia, they realized that "The economic forecast didn't look good for a soon-to-be-retired couple in the U.S." They opted for peaceful Portugal and couldn't be happier.

"We're never surprised by costs, other than to realize how rich we can live on our retirement income, beyond all of our expectations," Annette says.

Areas like Cascais and Lisbon require a monthly budget of about $2,500, but move 30 minutes away, and that figure drops to around $2,200.

There are three destinations in particular in Portugal where you'll find good-value living.

When you make your home in Portugal, you can live very well for very little money, that's true… But when you choose one of the lesser-known destinations Tricia Pimental has identified, you can live like royalty.

Lisbon is Europe's most colorful, and best-value, capital city—from the brilliant blue waters of the Tejo River and Atlantic Ocean to the sunny yellow cable cars, to grassy green parks. In the Rossio, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, outdoor cafés and restaurants beckon passers-by with the aroma of fresh-baked breads and pastries, grilled fish, and cuisines from around the world.

But even there you can find a rental (with hardwood floors and an elevator) in the most central neighborhoods, right in the heart of the action—for just $1,000 a month. (Try paying with check that small in Paris or Rome!)

But when you look beyond Portugal's more touristy destinations, that's where you'll find big bargains.

Tricia's done a lot of digging, and along with the more tried-and-true communities popular with expats, she's pinpointed three special destinations—including an overlooked area of the Algarve—that you'll want to take a look at if you're considering retiring or starting a new life in Portugal.

You'll find all the details in Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle.

Now… if you're doing your research on moving to Portugal, I know there's one more thing that surely must be on your mind…

Portugal's High-Quality, Low-Cost Healthcare

Portugal is known for its quality, affordable healthcare, which attracts more and more "medical tourists". In fact, a World Health Organization ranking of global healthcare systems places Portugal at number 12 of 191 countries.

Medical care is available everywhere through the public healthcare system. Private insurance is readily available, and one company accepts new customers up to age 75 (once in the plan you will not be cancelled).

Depending on your age and health condition, private insurance can be had for less than $10 a month, although usually it is more in the $50 a month per person range.

Healthcare in Portugal costs a fraction of that in the U.S. and Canada.

A hip replacement costs around $10,000 in Portugal, compared to as much as $44,000 in the U.S.

A visit to the dentist will cost about $50.

Are You Ready to Learn More About How Easy and Affordable it Can Be To Retire to Portugal?

There's no better resource than Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle.

It's not like anything else International Living has ever produced on this country. As I mentioned, Tricia has worked on this for six years. She's literally spent tens of thousands of hours on the ground in Portugal, doing research, collecting data, conducting interviews, and more…

Not long ago, she went into the studio to assemble a comprehensive series of 14 professional videos to bring her research to life. You can see, feel, smell, and almost touch Portugal while you watch the videos.

You'll travel along with Tricia as she introduces you to the 18 different regions of Portugal… and to many communities in each of those that make for easy and affordable expat living.

And yes, you'll discover the three little-known areas—including one on the Algarve—that Tricia believes is well worth your attention right now. These are places your fellow expats have yet to discover in large numbers. Prices are low and opportunities are sky high.

To make a point here, this is no static report. It's not a manual…or a website…or a conference. Think of it more as a high-level "virtual conference," but much better…

Because instead of sitting in a room all day watching a parade of speakers up at a podium, you'll access these videos online from the comfort of your home, and you'll get to see and hear directly from Tricia, our in-country contact in Portugal.

She's the best Portugal expert we know and in this blueprint, she takes you by the hand and not only introduces you to "her" Portugal, but she gives you the tools to make it "your Portugal."

Along with the six in-depth "destination" videos, Tricia has produced eight more "need-to-know" videos with advice about Portugal that will save you time, headaches and boatloads of money.

Here's just some of what's covered in Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle:

  • Your best resident visa options. There are several you might qualify for, but which is the best for your personal circumstances? Video #9 in the series is devoted to this topic and can help ensure that you don't make any costly mistakes. Of course, you should find an attorney who works best for you (see the Portugal 101 legal resource rolodex for some contacts), but this video can give you a sense for the most important questions to ask.
  • Your healthcare options. In Video #8, Tricia shares her experiences and gives you the full rundown on the options that make the most sense, including how you could qualify and what her costs have been. (You'll be pleasantly surprised at the low cost of excellent and readily available medical and dental care in Portugal.)
  • How to safely purchase real estate in Portugal. Legal processes are a bit different in Portugal and having the right guide to those rules and procedures is invaluable—and that's exactly what Portugal 101 and the legal resource guide offers.
  • What about shipping your household goods and your car? Should you? Why might you be better off buying a car in Portugal? Believe me, this is the kind of insider information you need. Tricia clarifies import taxes, explains how much cars can cost, and the best kinds of cars to drive in Portugal… She explains whether or not you'll need a local driver's license (you won't for the first six months) and how to get one…
  • How to structure your finances… where you could bank, how to pay your bills…
  • How to get mail delivered…
  • What about communicating? What kind of phone and internet service should you expect in Portugal… how to best (and cost-free) communicate with friends and family back home…
  • How to find a good doctor… where to get the prescriptions you need and how much they might cost…
  • How to bring your pets to Portugal…
  • What to expect in the way of taxes, both at home and in Portugal (in most cases, not much, thankfully)…and much, much more.

Importantly, you'll discover how to save even more money when you live in Portugal. It has more to do with picking the right place to settle… choosing the right kind of home to live in, and so on…

The Truth About Portugal

In Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle, you'll find out what's true and what's not. The internet offers loads of "noise" about Portugal. Websites and chat groups are full of misinformation—so it's important to get the most up-to-date information straight from someone who knows Portugal inside and out.

No one knows Portugal better than Tricia Pimental. She offers you experienced perspective, valuable judgment, and on-the-ground guidance that will save you time, money, and frustration when you head to Portugal yourself… You can be sure you'll be completely and reliably "in-the-know."

Tricia offers all her insider tips and insights that will have you starting on a well-planned, streamlined course…

Best of all, she even provides a step-by-step Action Plan. If you've wondered or worried about how you might ever pull it all off… making a move of this type… worry no more.

If you're thinking of retiring to Portugal… or spending some extended time there… maybe opening a business or just reinventing your life… Portugal 101 is your very best resource.

It's the fastest, most efficient, most cost-effective way to get you quickly ramped up so you can get from where you are now to the idyllic spot in Portugal that's right for you.

And when you're ready to actually visit Portugal firsthand for yourself, you'll be able to use your time wisely—because in essence, you'll have already been there, with Tricia as your guide.

You'll know where to go, who to contact, and the questions you'll need to ask along the way. Plus, there's more…

You Also Get 7 Comprehensive Special Reports including a Complete Resource Rolodex. These Are Not Available Anywhere Else

As Tricia was taping the videos she created for the Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle, she discovered there were a few topics that required some extra lengthy reporting… too much to record on video. So those have been assembled in a series of special reports—delivered electronically to get them into your hands as quickly as possible.

This is the kind of information you'll definitely want at hand as you prepare for your move to Portugal.

Special Report #1: Portugal Scouting Trip Itineraries and Travel Guide. If you've got one week, two weeks, a month or more to spend in Portugal, you'll want this guide. Tricia and her Portugal team have planned all the details for you… from how to travel around to where to stay—hotels, short-term rentals and much more. You'll also discover where to play… dine… and even the popular hangouts where you can meet expats who may some day be your neighbors. Live links to websites and contact information is all there for your easy access.

Special Report #2: How They Did It: Meet Happy Expats in Portugal. Speaking of expats, sometimes it just takes a little motivation. That's exactly what you'll get in this special report. You'll meet expats in many different areas of Portugal, all living their dream lives under the European sun. They explain exactly how they did it (and how you can, too) and they share personal details you couldn't get unless you quizzed them yourself… Find out what they do for healthcare, how they fund an early retirement, how much they spend on a daily and monthly basis, what they do in their free time, and much, much more.

Special Report #3: Practical Matters: Taxes, Low Cost of Living, Residence, Moving Your Household Goods and Pets, and Doing Business. Yes, Tricia covers all this in the video series, but as you can see from the lengthy title, this special report digs deep. You'll get comprehensive sample budgets and money-saving tips, a detailed tax primer, a full explanation of various visa options and a complete legal resource rolodex. And if you plan to move with pets (very easy) or children, or you're thinking of starting your dream business in Portugal, do not leave home without this special report. Nowhere else can you get this kind of valuable, all-inclusive information.

Special Report #4: Spotlight on the High-Quality, Low-Cost Medical Care in Portugal. This comprehensive report explains why Portugal has some of the finest doctors and medical training available anywhere. You'll also learn the differences between Portugal's public and private healthcare systems so you can make an educated decision about what to do for your personal healthcare needs when you move to Portugal. You'll get all the details (including costs) of the public health service, and why you should apply for a Portuguese social security health card (even though it's not required). There's also a rundown of the best private hospitals in the country and a list of some of the best local insurance providers—with full contact information. There's even a detailed review of private health insurance policies.

Special Report #5: The Guide to Renting a Home or Buying Property in Portugal. When you move to Portugal, you'll need a place to live. And whether you rent or buy, that means contracts. Word to the wise: Do not sign a rental or purchase contract without first reading this crucial information (when buying a home, the contract must be read aloud in front of all parties!) Everything is covered… from typical costs and how to find a rental to what to look for in a reliable real estate agent, how to get financing, where to get title insurance, the various title structures, the correct process for registering a deed, and much more.

Special Report #6: Something for Everybody: An In-Depth look at Portugal's Regions. If you want insider information about areas of Portugal that offer a combination of livability, affordability, beauty, and convenience—you'll find it in this special report. All the "personalities" of the top 18 locales in Portugal are sliced and diced for you (along with examples of properties to rent and buy in each region). You're sure to find a hidden gem that's perfect for you.

AND Special Report #7: Your Portugal Rolodex and Resource Guide. This is another document you won't want to leave home without. You'll find its pages packed full of resources that you can rely on to help streamline your scouting trip and your move to Portugal. Websites, email addresses, phone numbers, costs for services… it's all there… from accommodation (including pet-friendly hotels) and restaurants to airlines and shuttle services… to attorney, healthcare providers, social groups, moving/shipping and English-speaking real estate contacts, language schools, vets and much more, including handy travel apps you can load on your phone or tablet to make navigating your way around Portugal as easy and inexpensive as possible.

One More Thing: The Portugal 101 Mastermind Session…

Once you've had a chance to review all the videos and reports in your Portugal 101 (and that will take some time, we know…) send us any questions you have via a special email address we'll provide.

A couple weeks from now, Tricia Pimental will host a follow-up Q&A Session where she'll answer your questions in detail. You'll receive advance notice of this special "Portugal 101 Mastermind Session" so you can tune in—and we'll also archive it for you on the Portugal 101 website so you can watch it any time you like.

All You Need to Do Now is Place Your Order—and SAVE

If you wanted to track down all the intelligence we hand over in Portugal 101, you could probably do that.

Ask Me Anything

Tricia Pimental

"When you're one of the first people to accept this invitation to try Portugal 101, you'll receive a priority e-mail address to ask me anything about living, retiring, and exploring Portugal. I'll use these questions in my Portugal 101 Mastermind Session—but only folks who respond today during this charter offer will get to take part. I look forward to showing you Portugal!"

But it would take an investment of many months… likely 6 years or more, in fact. That's how long Tricia has been at it.

And you'd have to pull thousands of dollars out of your pocket.

In the many years that Tricia has been traveling the width and length of Portugal, and living in the different regions, she's racked up tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for airfares, bus fares, car rentals, gasoline, accommodations, meals, and more.

Over more than six years living in Portugal, she's spent many hours interviewing attorneys, healthcare professionals, real estate experts, insurance and shipping experts, and more… as well as interviewing and socializing with expats from dozens of countries.

To be honest, on your own you'd have a difficult time tracking down all these people… and accumulating all the intelligence Tricia has amassed.

My point: Portugal 101 delivers insider access…

It hands you on-the-ground solutions that would likely cost you—at a minimum—$10,000 to gather on your own.

Probably more like twice that. (Tricia has spent far more than that on this project already.)

But you don't have to spend anywhere near that kind of money to gain the intelligence she has to share.

Tricia has done all the work for you. She's just finished all the video editing and in compiling all her research, has saved you a ton of money.

(The Rolodex and Resource Guide is in itself invaluable. Think how much time and money you'd spend doing online research, making phone calls, and pounding the pavement to find these dependable local contacts on your own. And the Scouting Trip Itineraries and Travel Guide… I assure you this is the easiest, quickest, and most reliable way to plan your own scouting trip to Portugal. It's all there for you. No extra work for you to do. No second guessing or costly mistakes.)

We could reasonably ask $1,000 or more for this program, which reveals insider tips and secrets about Portugal you won't find anyplace else.

But we won't charge you $1,000 for access… even though it's worth every penny.

But because of your interest in Portugal, you can get Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle for just $499.

And remember, that covers everything—including the SEVEN SPECIAL COMPANION REPORTS, that complement the videos.

But please order Portugal 101 now, because in just a few days, the price goes up.

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As you know, there's only so much you can absorb when you're reading about and researching a place. You do a "Google search" and tens of thousands of links come up. It's so hard to know whose opinion to trust. And the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming.

But that's what makes Portugal 101 so special—and so useful. Tricia Pimental shares her real-world insights directly with you via video. She cuts right to the chase, right there in living color, and she answers every question you're likely to have about Portugal. I guarantee it.

Our Rock-Solid, Triple Guarantee Means No Risk for You

Guarantee # 1—I guarantee this Portugal 101 will help you find the perfect Portugal lifestyle that's right for you. A place where you can live better than ever… stretch your retirement dollars… and have the time and funds to travel, relax, and enjoy life…

Guarantee # 2—I guarantee it will show you the real-world solutions you need to get from where you are now to where you want to be… so that in just a handful of months, you can have "boots on the ground" in a part of Portugal you love. But if you feel the solutions we offer aren't for you, we'll give you a full refund within the first 30 days. In other words, the risk is all ours.

Guarantee # 3—Should you decide to ask for a refund, you've got a full 30 days to do it. If you don't feel that Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle can help you to a new life in Portugal, just let us know and we'll refund every penny within the first 30 days. That's how confident we are in the depth and breadth of information this brand-new resource provides.

The friendliness of Portugal… the peaceful, laidback lifestyle, reminiscent of a kinder, gentler time in history… and with the modern pleasures and amenities now available and so affordable…

All this makes Portugal hard to resist.

The good news, though, is that it's all within your grasp. You don't need millions in the bank to capitalize on the opportunities in Portugal—one of the best-value retirement options you'll find.

In Portugal, you can have your own dream European lifestyle… on a monthly budget of $2,200.

If you're looking for a safe, friendly European haven, with cosmopolitan cities and lots of beach towns, internationally acclaimed (and affordable) healthcare, and the lowest cost of living in Western Europe, you'll find all that and more in Portugal.

And in Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle, Tricia Pimental shows you exactly how to make it happen…how you can settle into a far better, more affordable, healthier life and do it seamlessly, enjoyably, confidently…

Think about it: A handful of months from now, you could be sitting on your own terrace, a glass of delicious Portuguese wine in hand, enjoying the azulejo-splashed architecture the strains of fado in or the sun set over the gorgeous blue ocean…

I hope you'll let us show you how… just click 'Add to Cart' now and we'll get you started.

Sincerely,

Dan Prescher

Dan Prescher,
Senior Editor, International Living

P.S. If you have any doubt that Portugal offers the very best lifestyle—at a very affordable price—your mind will definitely be changed after you've reviewed the 14 professional videos, the seven comprehensive special reports, including the hefty resource rolodex that make up Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle.

(And be sure to send Tricia your follow-up questions and be watching your e-mails for details of the special "Portugal Mastermind Session" hosted by Tricia Pimental just a couple weeks from now.)

If you've always loved the idea of retiring in comfort somewhere very affordable—with a mix of Western European culture, a warm welcome, more beaches than California… where you don't have to worry about rising healthcare costs and crime rates, out-of-control government spending or crazy politics…

Then I encourage you to take a look at Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle. It was created with you in mind.

Follow the blueprint Tricia Pimental has created. Let her introduce you to the special places she's discovered. Let her share her expert insights with you and help you shave months…even years…off your learning curve.

Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle is like taking a whirlwind investment and lifestyle tour of Portugal. Only instead of paying thousands of dollars for the travel fees and expert advice, we hand it all to you right there in the comfort of your own home for just $499 when you take advantage of this special offer and order Portugal 101: Your Blueprint for an Affordable European Lifestyle now.

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