Jacqui’s Journey: Embracing Expat Life in Portugal with a Laugh

Jacqui’s Journey: Embracing Expat Life in Portugal with a Laugh
Updated on April 9, 2024

In December 2019, Jacqueline, fondly known as Jacqui, listened to her instincts and embarked on a life-changing journey to Portugal. Without prior visits, she left her Boston abode behind for a new life by the sea. A leap of faith led her to a land where the ocean whispers and the mountains echo with adventure. 

A Breath of Fresh Air: The Perks of Portuguese Living 

Urban life in America is a stark contrast to the tranquil existence Jacqui found in Portugal. Here, the absence of guns and the low crime rate have offered her a lighter and more joyous way of life. The bustling urban fears replaced by a peaceful community spirit has been a transformative experience for her. 

Jacqui’s mantra is simple – “Life is short, make it a good one.”  

Her desire to travel, meet new faces, and soak in fun is what fueled her move. For her, becoming an expat was about adding vibrancy and diversity to her life’s canvas. 

The Expat Equation: Challenges vs. Rewards 

While learning new systems in a foreign country can be daunting, Jacqui advises keeping a sense of humor. This lighthearted approach has seen her through the initial hassles and led to the building of a robust community – the biggest reward of her expat life, especially highlighted during the thick of the pandemic. 

Community: The Expat Fabric in Portugal 

In Portugal, the community is synonymous with resilience and interest. Jacqui’s social life is a tapestry woven with cultural events and dinner parties, a reflection of the dynamic and interesting expat view of the world. 

Lessons from Abroad: Family Resilience and Adventure 

The international move has been a testament to the family’s strength. “We will figure it out!” is their motto, reflecting their ability to adapt and overcome, transforming obstacles into adventures. 

Reflections and Realizations 

Given a chance to rewind the clock, Jacqui wouldn’t change a thing. Her journey is a patchwork of experiences that she cherishes without regret. 

The Expat’s Toolkit: Flexibility and Humor 

Flexibility and a healthy dose of humor are key in the expat life. Jacqui underscores that missteps are part of the journey, and it’s important to embrace them with a laugh. 

Finding a Dream Job Abroad 

Portugal didn’t just offer Jacqui a home but also her dream job. It’s a testament to the professional opportunities that await when one is open to change. 

Taxing Matters: The US Expat’s Duty 

Aware from the outset of her obligations to file US taxes, Jacqui emphasizes the importance of seeking professional help rather than going it alone to navigate the complex tax waters. 

Parting Wisdom: Educate and Don’t Assume 

Jacqui’s final nugget of advice for fellow expats is to educate oneself on tax matters without making assumptions. A good accountant can unveil tax situations that may be more favorable than one thinks. 

Your Expat Story Awaits 

Are you considering an expat life? Take a leaf out of Jacqui’s book and dive into the adventure. And when it comes to navigating the US expat taxes, remember, knowledge is power – and peace of mind. Embrace your journey with the same gusto and laughter as Jacqui, and who knows, you might just find your dream life in a place you’ve never been before. 

Have Questions? Not Sure What to Do Next? Get Help Early! 

For US expats struggling with filing their taxes, Greenback offers an easy-to-use platform and knowledgeable accountants that could be the solution you need to achieve peace of mind. Don’t delay, and get started with filing your taxes today. 

For general questions on expat taxes or working with Greenback, contact our Customer Champions

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