Portugal Journals

Portugal on Two Students Shoestring Budgets

An October 1991 trip to Portugal by Sierra

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Quote: When I had a semester abroad, we had 10 days off in October. A friend and I went to Portugal on bargain, round-trip tickets that cost £99 each. While I have never traveled so cheaply, it was one of my best trips ever.

Sagres, the End of the World

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The cliffs of Sagres, Portugal Photo, Portugal, Europe
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Our original goal when travelling to the Algarve had been Sagres, which is located at the southwesternmost tip of Portual - the very tip of Europe. The description in the YHI map sounded great - a small hostel in the heart of an fortress dating to the 15th century. We had gotten on the bus around lunchtime in Lisbon and made the trek cross-country; and Portugal is, indeed, a very beautiful place. However, as night fell, we were able to ascertain that Sagres was still a good 3 or more hours away, and we were dying to get off the bus. Seeing that we were coming into Portimao, we found that they had a hostel, got off the bus, and had the good fortune of staying in a brand new (only 2 to 3 m...Read More

Lucking Out in Lisbon

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October break was rapidly approaching on campus: 10 days to explore somewhere, anywhere in Europe. When first planning my semester abroad, I had expected to purchase a Eurorail ticket and spend those days seeing parts of Europe that had long been in my dream book: Vienna, Berlin, Switzerland, and Amsterdam. As mid-October loomed, my friend Christie and I looked at our budgets for the semester and quickly decided that a Eurorail tour was out of the question. Even if we planned all our travel time to sleep on the trains, we'd still have to eat, etc. We decided we could spare about £100 (roughly $190 at the time) for airfare, and we knew that wherever we went was going to have to be dirt cheap. We...Read More