Charting a couple's move from London to Portugal, tales, adventures and moving advice


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These days, I do rather a lot of writing about Portugal. If you are interested in the country or in moving abroad, I would suggest taking a look at my book:

Moving to Portugal: How a young couple started a new life in the sun – and how you could do the same

Also, please check out my other blog: Food and Wine Portugal which contains recipes, restaurant reviews, and guides to Portuguese wine.

You will also find my writing on the shelves of your local newsagent on occasion in “A Place in the Sun” magazine and “Portugal Life and Travel.”

Still on the subject of Portugal, I sometimes write guest articles for other sites, including the wonderful Expats Portugal Life site and Expat Arrivals.

When I am wearing my nerd hat I write for various technical blogs and have also recently started a new site called Windows to Mac, which describes my experiences of switching over to all things Apple Mac, after decades of being a committed Windows user! Those of a technical persuasion, please come and check it out!

I think that’s probably more than enough of my writing for anyone to digest, but if you want more I am available for freelance assignments, please contact me for details.

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  1. Tobi says:

    Hi Ben,

    Have found this blog , looks good , im going to start reading it from the start, i take it your in your 30s from what i have read.

    I moved to Madeira 5 years ago, really love it , but work very difficult. I lived in SW London.

    Have sent your bit on Madeira to our Main blog over here.


  2. admin says:

    Hi Tobi,

    Welcome to the blog – you have guessed our age correctly! We were in South West London as well, have lived in Wimbldeon, Morden and Surbiton – how about you?

    Best wishes, Ben

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  3. Tim says:

    Dear Ben, I have followed your blogs with interest over the last year and wonder if you can help those who wish to make the permanent themselves,me included (I bought a place near Paderne earlier this year) by composing an article on living costs.I can be frugal but dont want to live without any treats but I am unsure as to say the minimum amount required monthly to live. If you can write an honest appraisal re food electric gas water petrol hobby costs I am sure others like me would be very appreciative. Thankyou Tim (golf04/05 on forums)

  4. admin says:

    Hi Tim and thanks for reading

    It is something I have been asked a few times and given personal replies, but I agree it would be a good thing to do a post on. Stay tuned and I will write about it over the next couple of weeks.

    Best wishes


  5. Debbie Downs says:


    I love your posts and have been reading recetly as we are interested in moving for an opportunity in Alcobaca. I presently live in a peaceful 7 acre estate but have loved my life when liing in NYC. I can handle both extremes but fear the beauracracy about which you speak. Do you study thye language regularly? I have a 2 and 3 yr old. Any comments here?

  6. admin says:

    Hi Debbie,

    Sorry for the slow response – as you will see from my next post I’ve been in the UK for a couple of weeks. Thank you for reading. We do study the language but perhaps not as much as we should. Obviously the language barrier makes the bureaucracy harder to deal with!

    Best wishes

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  7. Gordon says:

    Hi Ben,

    Absolutely loving reading about your experience moving to Portugal. I currently live close to your old haunting grounds in Twickenham, but am hoping to move to Lisbon around about July time to live with my girlfriend.

    I’d love some advice if possible as I seem to be exactly halfway between you and your wife’s position work-wise; I’m keeping my job but have to start a company to invoice them… Now to do this in England, or Portugal?

    Would love to know your thoughts having read through several of your articles now.

    Best wishes,

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