Scouting Trip

Our first group scouting trip is scheduled for March 1-22, 2024 to Portugal and Spain. We’ll be visiting seven key locations with excursions in and around each city.

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Porto: March 1-4
Including Braga, Aveiro

Lisbon: March 4-7
Including Sintra, Cascais, Sétubal, Tomar

Faro: March 7-10
Including Lagos, Tavira, Loulé

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Seville: March 10-13
Including Marbella, Málaga, Cádiz

Alicante: March 13-16
Including Jávea, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Valencia

Barcelona: March 16-19
Including Sitges, Cadaqués, Figueres

Bilbao: March 19-22
Including Donostia-San Sebastian, Santander

What to Expect

Community: Meet other people who want to move to Spain or Portugal and enjoy exploring and getting to know each other. There will also be opportunities to meet locals and other expats.

A learning experience: Stay in neighborhoods and live as locals to get a feel for how you might like living in each of our destinations. Meet the experts from Moving to Spain and Expats Portugal along with their trusted partners.

Structure…: Our itinerary will include dates in each city, a schedule of recommended excursions to vetted towns and neighborhoods, what train to take to reach the next city or excursion, a group dinner reservation in each hub, suggested hobby group meetups in each city, and a live seminar with experts in each country.

…but also flexibility: Everyone’s needs and budgets are different, so everything on our itinerary is optional. Feel free to hop on/hop off as you need, make your own choices about what to spend on food & accommodations, and even whether you join us in Spain, Portugal, or both! If you’d like to create a lodging group to save on rooms, we’ll facilitate that in our Facebook group.

Fun!: We’re all moving abroad for a better life, so we’ll work on giving you a taste of what that means to you.

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What’s Included

  • One of three itinerary options:
    • Nine-day itinerary for Portugal
    • Twelve-day itinerary for Spain
    • Twenty-one day itinerary for Portugal & Spain
  • Checklist of items to prepare for the trip
  • Group dinner reservation in each destination (7 total)
  • Schedule of recommended excursions & activities related to moving to that area, including expat meetups and hobby groups with locals
  • Transportation recommendations between each city
  • Transportation recommendations for each excursion & activity
  • Access to complete itinerary via PDF and Trip Plans website & app
  • Group sessions leading up to the trip to adapt the trip to your needs
  • Half-day seminars in Spain & Portugal with experts

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare or transportation to and from the U.S. or within Spain or Portugal
  • Accommodations
  • Food, aside from the expert seminars
  • Activity costs, aside from the expert seminars
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Got Questions?

We’re hosting live Q&A sessions on Google Meet where you can meet others considering the trip and ask us questions about the cost, itinerary, and more. Available sessions are on Thursdays at 7pm Eastern. If you can’t make that time, reach out to Jen with questions or join our Facebook Group for more info.

Join a meeting

Spain Seminar

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Hosted by Alison Johnson from Moving to Spain, you’ll enjoy complementary beverages and tapas while she shares her knowledge about life in Spain and introduces us to trusted local providers like her immigration attorney, realtor, and tax accountant.

About Alison:
“We moved to Spain in 2015 to take a year off from corporate life in Australia. It was just a short-term break from our big corporate jobs. Spain had other ideas for us, however, and here we are, still in Spain, almost a decade later. We instantly fell in love with the Spanish culture and laid-back lifestyle and found many like-minded people around us. We also love hopping on a plane and being in another European city in a couple of hours.”

Portugal Seminar

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Hosted by Expats Portugal, you’ll see a presentation from their team on how to move to Portugal, followed by a Q&A session with them and their team of experts.

About Expats Portugal:

“In 2005 Expats Portugal started as a mission-based organization with the sole intent of helping people move to and settle in Portugal. The outcome was a network where friendships were made and a community was created.

Today that community, under the leadership of Gerry Lawler and Astrid Fridenberg, has evolved to include over 12,000 Expats Portugal forum members, a team, and a group of professional experts who share in Expats Portugal’s values of integrity, honesty and passion for this beautiful country. Today, we are the most experienced and knowledgeable company that focuses exclusively on Portugal.”

Next Steps

  • Attend a Q&A session if you have questions
  • Make sure your passport is valid for six months after the trip ends (Around September 22, 2024)
  • FYI, ETIAS is postponed til at least 2025, so no visa needed
  • Book your trip with us, below
  • Complete required forms from us
  • Schedule your flight, and we’ll add it to your itinerary
  • Book your rooms, and we’ll add them to your itinerary
  • If you’d like to split rooms, we have Whats App group to coordinate


Book by 10/31: $500 per person, per country
Book 11/1-12/31: $625 per person, per country
Book 1/1-1/15: $750 per person, per country

Book by midnight Eastern time on the last day of the period to receive the discounted rate. 50% of the fee is refundable through January 15, 2024.

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