Ben Taylor moved to Portugal with his wife in 2009, after failing in love with the Algarve several years before. He launched a blog, movingtoportugal, to document his experiences, which gained unexpected momentum and evolved into the popular “Moving to Portugal” book.
Ben has written about Portugal for several outlets, including A Place in the Sun, Cheapflights.com and TheTrainline.com. That particular job was particularly inspiring as it involved documenting train journeys across the country! Ben is also a keen foodie, and has reviewed restaurants for local magazines and websites.
Ben currently lives in south east England with his wife and two young sons, but retains close ties to Portugal, with several family members located in the East Algarve. In 2017 he founded HomeWorkingClub.com, an advice site for aspiring home workers, after learning all about the world of home working from making a freelance living from Portugal. His advice on freelancing and remote working has appeared in many well-known publications, including The Huffington Post, Metro, USA Today and Business Insider.
Many of the trends that currently dominate the property sector are felt on a global scale. The Portuguese property market is certainly exhibiting symptoms that will seem familiar to people in the UK and even as far afield as the US and China.
Since its launch in 2012, the Portugal Golden Visa program has attracted around 12,000 investors and generated over €6 billion inward investment for the country. However, in February 2023, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced his intention to scrap the scheme, citing the need to “fight against price speculation in real estate”.