My name is Emily McAuliffe and I’m an Australian travel writer, copywriter, travel blogger and photographer who splits my time between Australia and Portugal.
In both Portugal and Oz I'm a regular contributor to Lonely Planet and Time Out and am a hotel reviewer for The Telegraph UK and Design Travel (tough job but someone's gotta do it). I have written and photographed for publications such as the Qantas, Virgin, Aer Lingus, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Tigerair, Luxair and Wizz Air inflight magazines, The CEO Magazine, Women’s Fitness, Women’s Health, the Fitness First magazine, BBC News, International Traveller, 24 Life USA, Good Food Australia, AWOL, Food and Travel, Hostelworld and the Australian Yoga Journal. You can view my portfolio on my copywriting website. I've also been featured in Portugal's national press a couple of times and The Portugal Wire was named the top Portugal travel blog to follow by international publication The Culture Trip (woo!).
So, how did this blog come about?
In 2016 I decided to base myself in Europe for a change of scenery, so bundled up my electronic children, Apple and Nikon, and beelined for 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 about Portugal 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 site you’ll find everything you wanted to know, and everything you didn’t know you wanted to know, about the tiny country that once ruled half the world and is renowned for making a kick-ass custard tart (the pastel de nata). Throughout my posts I've added links to the many travel stories about Portugal I've written for various publications, which you can also find on my articles page. I've thrown in some Portuguese terms too so you can learn a few words to impress your friends with at dinner parties.
As a travel photographer, I've 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 gallery features cities and towns from all over the country and includes an overview of each location to help you discover the best places to visit in Portugal on your next trip (yes, there's way more to see than just Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve!).
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 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.
All thoughts and opinions my own. All content protected by copyright.
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Publications my work has featured in
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