Welcome to Fall River: The Most Portuguese Town in America

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You might have heard of Little Portugal in London, the nickname for the large Portuguese community in the South Lambeth area of South London, but did you know there’s a very large Portuguese community in Massachusetts in the USA? Fall River, an industrial town that’s about 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Boston, is … Read more

Are Mosquitoes A Problem in Portugal?

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Mosquitoes are common in Portugal, although it depends on the time of year and where you live (properties close to still water have the biggest problems). Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about diseases like dengue or malaria in Portugal. However, it’s still something that you’ll want to avoid if you can.  Mosquitoes are mainly … Read more

A Backpacker’s Guide to Portugal

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Portugal is a fantastic destination for backpackers. It has great weather, beautiful beaches, it’s safe, and it’s affordable. Due to the safety of the country, it’s a fantastic destination for solo travellers and female travellers.  Where to Visit Every corner of Portugal, including the islands of Madeira and The Azores, is worth visiting. However, some … Read more

How Does Portugal’s Tourist Tax Work?

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A number of cities around the world have introduced a tourist tax. This is a nightly fee that you pay in addition to the cost of your hotel room or Airbnb. In Portugal, you’ll notice this fee when you book accommodation in cities like Lisbon and Porto. It doesn’t exist everywhere in Portugal. The fee is … Read more

Is Venmo used in Portugal (or anywhere in Europe)?

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If you’re moving to Portugal, or even just visiting, you may be wondering whether Venmo is used here. And the answer is no. At the time of writing, Venmo isn’t available in Portugal or anywhere in Europe, and most people probably won’t have heard of it.  So how do you transfer money to friends or … Read more

Is American Express Accepted in Portugal?

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If you’re travelling to Portugal, particularly from outside the Eurozone, you may be wondering which card you should bring with you. And you may be thinking of taking your American Express. After all, it’s typically travel friendly, offers perks for using it, and has great customer service if things go wrong.  Unfortunately, American Express isn’t … Read more

How to get Discounted Train Tickets in Portugal

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Train travel in Portugal is extremely affordable. Sure, many of the trains are old, there isn’t a high-speed rail network like there is in other European countries, and the train network doesn’t cover all of the country, but train travel is really cheap – and even cheaper if you manage to get a discount.  Discounts … Read more

Where to Store Your Luggage in Faro

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If you’re arriving into Faro before you can check into your accommodation, the last thing you want to do is wander around the city with suitcases and backpacks. While Faro isn’t hilly, the weather can be quite warm—especially in the height of summer. Not much fun when you’re lugging around your luggage. Thankfully, there are … Read more

Are there Amazon Lockers in Portugal?

Amazon lockers at Oriente in Lisbon

Online shopping is great, but the process of getting your order is still a little tricky. Amazon Lockers are ideal for those that work or who have trouble getting their orders delivered, but unfortunately, they aren’t available in most of Portugal. There are some Amazon lockers in Lisbon, which you can see here, but not … Read more