When you imagine a trip to Portugal, and explore on-line guides and articles - many wonderful places come to mind: Lisbon and Porto, the Alentejo and Algarve; The Centro and the Douro; and Madeira and the Azores. But there is something to consider as well: Ribatejo. Read more →


Fado is the song of those without luck, cursed by fate, and lost in a fog of the past. It is the song separation, of homesickness and longing. In Portugal, the Fado is sung not only in Lisbon but also from the Alentejo to Coimbra to Porto. And, wherever one finds a community of Portuguese, they will find the Fado, too. That is why the Fado can be a song of places – and in that spirit we have picked our five most haunting Fado’s of places and nostalgia. We call it Fado to Travel By…. These are Fados of longing for a place – full of the sadness of one who misses home. Read more →


Castles, yellow trolley cars, pasteis de nata, colorful streets and river views – no doubt these things are part of a true Lisbon experience, but they are also a bit overdone. Guidebooks can be helpful when you’re exploring a new city, but they all seem to focus on the same old attractions, suggesting the same – maybe overpriced – restaurants, and lead you to places packed with tourists chasing that Instrgram-worthy shot. Read more →


It’s often said that travel broadens the mind and perspective. It’s also an excellent way to round out your education, especially for young people looking to expand their horizons. Being in unfamiliar surroundings forces you to adapt to new situations and people whose values and lifestyles are different than yours. It can be intimidating, but travel can also instill confidence and self-reliance in young people just learning how to take care of themselves. Read more →


Portugal won 25 awards at the World Travel Awards Ceremony last week, also known as the “Oscars of Tourism”, which was held on the Portuguese island Madeira for the first time. In addition to Portugal being named “Best Destination in Europe” once again, Madeira won the "Best Island Destination" award.... Read more →