*** Update – All of the YouTube channels are now included under the Further Information page. ***
It is disappointing that we are still not able to jump on a plane and travel to Portugal. But we understand the reasons. But it’s frustrating all the same.
However, with lockdown continuing, it means plenty of time for inspiration. All tinged with a little jealousy of those people already in Portugal. My time will come. And when it does, it will be the right time.
When planning a move, research is high on the to-do-list. It is certainly is on mine. Research always used to entail going to the library or buying books. Flicking through the pages. Sticky notepad at the ready. Now, from the comfort of the sofa, the internet is the first stop for research.
And pictures have also taken over from words.
Reality programmes, like Big Brother, have never appealed to me. But as part of my research, I must admit, there is a fascination with seeing how other people have made the move to Portugal. And YouTube is both informative and entertaining. In equal measures.
There has been an explosion of channels on YouTube of people who have recently moved to Portugal, purchased a house, farm, land or ruin. Despite the increase in number, there is a huge variety. And they all offer something different.
So, without becoming a film critic, a quick summary of the channels that have captured my interest.
Project Amber – Van life on a plot of land in Portugal.
The Indie Project – Van life, while renovating a tiny house ruin.
Pensioners in Portugal – Van life with a village house to renovate.
Cindy Vine – A small ruin on 2.5 hectares.
The Indigo Escape – Renovating a house with 0.5 acres on a limited budget.
Eco & Beyond – Renovating a house on a large budget.
OK Portugal – Small farm on 3.5 hectares.
Fonte da Pipa – Large working farm, severely damaged by wildfires.
Footloose Crafters – Renovating a small village house.
Destino Portugal – Renovating a house.
Part Time Portugal – House with work required on the land.
Our Portuguese Homestead – Young family living off-grid.
Luke & Sarah’s Off-Grid Life – Off-grid living.
Project Kamp – Building a community for van life.
Life Reimagined – Plan to build an eco-tourism centre.
Solo 50plus Expat Portugal – Moving to Portugal ‘Luise’ style.
Without doubt, there is something for everyone. From vlogs which are genuinely authentic through to those where there is clearly a lot of work and scripting. The variety is great.
Finally, thank you to all the ‘YouTubers’ who are letting people like me have an insight to your lives as you move or live in Portugal.
Featured photo by Muhammad Haikal Sjukri
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