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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Portugal

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: October 2014

Solo Living

Solo living has become a significant trend all over the world over the past few decades, especially in large towns and cities in developed countries. This is noticeable in Portugal, as more and more people have moved to cities looking for better jobs. These days, many people choose to live alone as modern work patterns and financial independence enable them to choose the lifestyle they want. For such people, living alone doesn’t necessarily mean they are lonely. Some people who choose to live alone have more social interactions than those living in families. One important reason for their choice is the feeling of freedom, independence and peace of mind.

As an expatriate, you may have no choice but to live alone in Portugal, at least while you are still finding your feet. If you are in the country without any family, you may feel lonely at first. Modern technology can be a great help here, as there are different opportunities to communicate with friends and family all around the world, on the phone, on webcam links and via social media.

However, differences in language and culture can still make you feel alienated. Hence, the more understanding you have of Portuguese customs, and especially language, the better. Once you learn more about the country you are in and become more familiar with your environment, you should find that coping with expat solo life gets easier.

Moreover, as you settle in, you will soon start to meet and get to know people, such as your work colleagues and neighbours. There are also pubs, restaurants, clubs, leisure centres and shops, which won’t be very far away, especially if you live near a town or city centre. Additionally it should be quite easy to find expats from your home country, or people who share your interests, in certain clubs or groups. Soon you will find new friends, and, who knows, you may even meet that special someone.  

 

Dating

Dating in Portugal can be very beautiful and romantic. If you don't meet someone face to face, there is always online dating. There are many dating websites for people based in Portugal, as a quick online search will confirm. Different dating websites cater to different kinds of people.  Many dating websites give you suggestions based on the best match of certain characteristics between you and your potential other half.

Normally, you need to register yourself and create a profile when you use a dating website. You will also need to pay in most cases, though some sites do offer free services. However, make sure you have fully researched the site before you submit any personal information onto it.

You may need to buy credits, normally called ‘stamps’, to see others’ profiles or subscribe to the website’s services. You will normally need to pay different fees according to the length of your subscription. But be aware that some members are only interested in your stamps or your money.

Online dating scams have become a big problem all over the world. In the most common form of scam, the scamster makes a connection with you and gains your trust, then asks for financial help. At this point, your suspicions should immediately be aroused. Giving money to someone you don’t know very well or haven’t even met is almost always a terrible idea. The person almost certainly has no intention of returning the money or continuing with the friendship once they have got what they want.

If you do find or you suspect you have been scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the scamsters. You also can report them to your local police station.

 

 

 




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