My name is Emily McAuliffe and I’m an Australian travel writer and photographer, formerly from Brisbane and now based in Portugal.
I'm a destination expert for Lonely Planet in Portugal and a hotel reviewer for The Telegraph UK and Time Out. I have also written and photographed for national and international publications such as the Qantas inflight magazine, The CEO Magazine, Women’s Fitness, Women’s Health, the Fitness First magazine, 24 Life USA, Get Up & Go, Good Food Australia and the Australian Yoga Journal. You can view my portfolio here.
In 2016 I decided to base myself in Europe, so bundled up my electronic children, Apple and Nikon, and moved to Portugal – a place I'd become rather fond of during my European travels the year prior.
After announcing I was moving to Portugal, I fielded an endless stream of questions: Are they part of the EU? (yes) Can they speak English? (yes) Is it safe? (yes) Does it snow? (yes) Do they have a monarchy? (no) And … where is Portugal exactly? (Western Europe)
It seemed like Portugal needed a shout out.
When I decided to adopt Portugal as my new home, I was also adamant to learn as much about the country as possible, so starting a blog seemed like the perfect way to wrap my head around the history, architecture, economy, food, culture and all the wonderful places to visit. The strategy worked and it's fair to say I now know more about Portugal than Australia (perhaps a blog about my own country could be a project for the future...).
On this travel blog you’ll find everything you wanted to know, and everything you didn’t know you wanted to know, about the country that once ruled half the world and is renowned for making a kick-ass custard tart (or should I say, pastel de nata). I've included a Stumble Guide with cool spots I think are worth checking out if you find yourself in Portugal and have thrown in some Portuguese terms so you can learn a few words to impress your friends with at dinner parties.
As a travel photographer, I've also been snapping my way around Portugal to showcase the beautiful destinations the country has to offer, so set aside some time to browse my video blog series and Places to visit photo gallery. This comprehensive gallery features cities and towns from all over the country and includes an overview of each location to help you discover the best places in Portugal on your next trip.
For my Portuguese readers, welcome to you too and I hope you learn something about both Portugal and my home country of Australia (which is about 83 times the size of Portugal in case you were wondering).
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Finally, if you have any burning questions about moving to Portugal or the country in general, please drop me a line. Likewise if you have any blog post suggestions – you ask, I’ll write.
Tchau (i.e. seeya) and I hope you enjoy Portugal as much as I do.
Note: while care is taken to ensure the accuracy of content on this travel blog, there may be instances where conflicting information exists. If this is the case, please don’t hesitate to post a comment or send me an email.
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