As if freelancing wasn’t precarious enough, when you also throw a little global pandemic into the equation, it feels like you’re bound for a one-way ticket to instability, accompanied perhaps by some moderate amounts of crying.
However, if your income is going to take a temporary hit after lockdown living, then there are certainly worse places to be than in Lisbon, and no, I’m not referring to the 290 days of sunshine on average here each year, but sure, that’s nice too.
Having experienced living on a budget in Lisbon (are late invoices not the thorn in every freelancer’s side?) it’s a city that doesn’t have quite the same barrier to access to the privileged few commonplace in other cities, like London.
Is it somewhat to do with the relatively weak growth of the middle classes in Portugal compared to the rest of Europe? Perhaps, as socio-economic changes only really started to gather pace after the 1974 revolution. Though this gap has definitely decreased over time, it’s still very much possible to live pretty well and not feel the deep depths of despair looking at your bank account afterwards.
Once normal day-to-day activities resume once more, here are my recommendations for living inexpensively in Lisbon if you are looking to tighten the purse strings, without feeling completely deprived of the little joys in life.