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All You Need To Know About Portugal In Our 2019 Conference

The Safest Place For Singles?

I dropped you a note last week to let you know that we’d opened up registration for our 2019 Live and Invest in Portugal Conference (giving you a head start on the rest of the readership)…

It’s happening in April—a little earlier than usual—when temperatures around the Algarve are a comfortable 60 to 65 degrees… and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see the sun every day (the Algarve coast has an average 300 days of sun a year).

I’ve written here before about the great weather, beaches, fresh seafood, travel opportunities, and friendly people of the Algarve—all factors that help to draw expats to Europe’s westernmost coast. But one thing that stood out to me at our conference last year is the Algarve’s safety.

We often get questions in from readers—especially single women considering making a move—about where in the world they’ll be most safe. And, it seems that Algarve is among the top contenders… as tried and tested by a number of single ladies we know…

Melanie Valenzuela, a divorcee from Kansas City, described her experience at our event last year:

“Safety was a big concern for me… even at home in the Midwest… and something that I knew would become more important as I got older.

“Here in the Algarve, I walk everywhere and feel safe. People look out for each other. If I’m at a restaurant and it’s dark, the owner will ask if I need somebody to walk me home.”

Melanie had some great tips for people moving on their own, too. She admitted she’s not an outgoing person at all. But, in moving overseas alone, she’s had to put herself out there…

“You need to be able to ask for help… and accept help when it’s offered. It’s not that hard when you get used to it. The people are so friendly here. When you make the effort to learn basic phrases like hello, goodbye, please, and thank you, you’ll find their willingness to help increases tenfold.”

The Algarve wasn’t Melanie’s first stop when she left the United States behind. She’d lived in Madrid for six months and then planned to spend six months in the Algarve and six months in Lisbon to see how she’d like Portugal…

“It was the tax situation in Spain that ultimately drove me out—it was not working in my favor. When I got to the Algarve, I realized I had the same great weather and great beaches I could have in Spain… but more people spoke English, it was easier to get things done, and the people seemed so much friendlier.

“After six months in Algarve, I dropped the idea of going to Lisbon at all. This Midwestern girl loved being at the beach too much.”

And the single expats we know who’ve moved here appear to be far from lonely…

Barbara Petrohan lives part year in Lagos—one of our favorite spots in the Algarve. It’s been just two years since Barbara first started spending time here, yet she’s grown her circle of friends and always has something on the schedule. I was in touch with her around Thanksgiving, but she didn’t have much time to talk…

“I need to get back to cooking,” Barbara wrote, “as I’m doing Thanksgiving dinner for 10 expats at a friend’s apartment on Thursday. Then, on Sunday, 50 of us from an American expat group are meeting at a local resort for a Thanksgiving cooked just for us.”

In closing her talk last year, Melanie encouraged our audience to “live your best life.” As far as I can see, our expats in Portugal are doing just that…

If you’d like to check out this safe, affordable, and friendly corner of Old Europe—in the company of like-minded people—then now’s the time to get your name on the list for our Live and Invest in Portugal Conference, April 17–19, 2019.

Over two-and-a-half days, you’ll:

  • See the best of what the Algarve has to offer. Listen to experts and expats as they share their knowledge and insight and showcase their country’s assets…
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Algarve. At the Live and Invest in Portugal Conference, we’ll not only show you the natural wonders of the Algarve from our conference room… but can organize a personal tour to show you the best of what the region has to offer…
  • Get the facts on being a part-time or full-time resident in exciting locations like Silves, Albufeira, Portimão, and Lagos…
  • See the expats’ favorite areas, with the people who live there now…
  • Discover the large selection of affordable rentals—starting at US$650 per month—and where you should be looking…
  • Find out how safe and secure it is in this little-known corner of Europe…
  • Have a look at the Algarve’s medical care… how modern, accessible, and affordable it is… and why this little region has become a medical tourism hub…
  • Consider the possibilities for learning Portuguese… as a terrific investment to help you get the most out of your life in the Algarve…
  • Get a sense of the cost of living… we’ll share with you actual expats’ budgets and the lifestyles those budgets support…

Our business experts will be on hand, too, to walk you through the practicalities of starting a business in the Algarve… and we’ll explore current opportunities for investment

And, of course, we’ll get to grips with the local property market… establishing residency… navigating the banking system… and more…

If that’s starting to sound like a heavy agenda, don’t worry! You’ll have plenty of time to relax between and after sessions… take in some sun… and mingle with the LIOS crew and your fellow attendees…

Full details are here. But don’t delay. We have a limited number of VIP seats remaining… and I expect them to sell out this week.

Go here now to claim your VIP seat—and save another US$50 with your exclusive LIOS Confidential reader discount (use Coupon Code PORTCONFIDENTIAL).

I hope to welcome you to the Tivoli Carvoeiro Beach Resort this April.

Valentine Fouché

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