Someone suggested (thanks Annemarie!) that I write about my experiences as a solo on a scouting trip. Of course! I would have wanted to see such a thing myself! (Thanks Hank and Konni for setting this expectation and the bar so high!)
I love to travel but I loathe schlepping luggage! So this trip I planned to establish “hubs” or “bases” and explore from them. I am determined to do this scouting trip without a car because I hope to live in Portugal without one. My hubs are: Lisbon, Caldas da Rainha and Porto. The Algarve hub is yet to be determined. (Suggestions solicited!) I booked virtually nothing in advance leaving myself open to serendipity and the ability to shorten or lengthen a stay somewhere or even change a hub!
For a bit of context my criteria for selecting a home in Portugal is:
Walkable: I would prefer to do without a car
Good infrastructure and transportation
Access to Nature and especially shoreline (I am a Permaculturist and I garden)
Active community (ideally some expats!) and culture
I have a (high maintenance, diva) fur baby
Healthcare: I am well to the other side of 60 (how did THAT happen??)
Observation: It's been harder than I thought to take off the tourist glasses and see a place through the lens of a full-time resident.
Up next: Reflections on Lisbon