Many people who start a new life living in Portugal see it as exactly that – a chance to start a new life but although the change in lifestyle from your home country to Portugal may see many positive changes happening it won’t solve all your problems in one fell swoop.
That may sound very obvious to anyone sat at home thinking about living in Portugal but it is amazing how carried away you can quickly get when it comes to moving to a new country and with a new home, new work, new schools, new friends and new lifestyle is is easy to see how you can start to think that all your problems can disappear with the clouds that you left behind.
In truth and speaking from experience I can safely say that yes, many of my problems simply vanished when I moved to Portugal and started to live here full time. Money problems were all resolved before I left the country so that was a huge weight off my mind and child care problems were sorted as I changed the way that I work, while old issues with former colleagues, friends and family members were quickly forgotten about but as with everything a new start brought with it new problems.
My new problems now involved dealing with people in a foreign language, trying to work out how to fight through mountains of paperwork and negotiating matriculation of a car.
So I had a new life and I had my new problems but I have to say that these new problems were far more preferable to those I left behind! And this is the point about moving to and living in Portugal, life is not going to be perfect for anyone but when you look at the bigger picture about being here the things that trouble me here are far less than those that troubled me back in the UK.
And when it all gets on top of me here I also have the fantastic option of being able to stomp it out along a beautiful beach or along a gorgeous cliff top rather than having to sit in my car in a multi storey car park with the windows up to let out a little scream of frustration (you get funny looks for doing that I found).
Basically Portugal is not the answer to all your problems and if you come to live here to escape problems then you probably find they catch up with you in the end so make sure that when you choose to come and live in Portugal that you resolve as much as possible back in your home country so you can start a new life, and new problems in Portugal!