You may still have a few weeks to go before your upcoming WANDERFIT Portugal Fitness Retreat, but if thinking about packing/preparations causes you to second guess if you have everything and give you that dreadful pre-trip packing anxiety, then fear not. Put your mind at ease and take a look at a few of our pre-trip tips to give you a better understanding of how to start getting aligned, as well as what to expect upon arrival.
You need to arrive in Portugal, at Lisbon International Airport, Airport Code: LIS. We will pick you up on the first day of the retreat, so no need to stress about how you’ll be getting to Ericeira, we gotchu boo-boo. If you choose to arrive any day before the start of the retreat, you’ll need to organize that on your own since we don’t know your travel plans. We have a 2pm check-in on the first date of your trip.
And you’ll check out of the villa on at noon on the last date of your trip, so we will organize your dreadful journey back to the airport to catch your flight home or wherever you’re going to next. If you’re planning to stay longer, how could we blame you? We will do out very best to help get you set up so when/if you do leave, you’ll have everything you need.
The easiest way to arrange flights would be to tell a travel agent these dates and get them to help you. Otherwise, we recommend using SkyScanner or Kayak to find good, cheap flights.
If you haven’t booked flights yet, now’s the time, as Hopper believes the prices will only go up within a month of the trip start date.
Once you’ve booked your flights, please email the details of your flight to email@example.com. We’ll pass this information on to who will be picking you up so that we’re ready at the airport to pick you up when you come through the arrivals hall.
Speaking of our drivers, one of our amazing trip guides will be excitedly waiting holding a sign that says “WANDERFIT Retreats,” and will take you and your bags direct from the airport to the villa. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Visas on Arrival
Portugal allows travelers from various countries free entry without the need of a visa. Your country most likely will be included within these, but please double check here for a quick and easy check. Please let us know if your country isn’t on the list.
Also, it is important to ensure your passport is not within 6 months of the listed expiration date. If your passport life has 6 months or less, you’ll need to renew it prior to flying. That can take time, so we urge you not to put it off until the last minute.
WANDERFIT maintains full liability coverage for accidents and incidentals, but this won’t cover issues with your independent travel arrangements such as flight cancellations and other unpredictable occurrences. If you wish to purchase travel insurance, Pacific Primer Health and Travel Insurance may be one option for you. Companies such as Pacific Prime offer various protection plans designed for travelers to cover their risk of accidents, medical emergencies and other disruptions while traveling abroad. For more information, visit their website.
As with any international travel it’s always best to consult your local physician or medical professional before taking off. According to the Portugal website, “you will not require any vaccinations to visit Portugal, unless you are coming from an infected area.”
That being said, we’d like to emphasize that you will be staying in a superbly fitted-out villa with conditions consistent with high western standards, so this is just a foreign travel precaution just for playing it safe.
Packing and In-Flight Recommendations
From our experience, here’s a few things we recommend bringing that may have slipped your mind or we’ve learned along the way:
- If you want to stay nourished, bring plenty of snacks
- If you want to speed up customs or journal your experience, bring a writing pen in your carry-on
- If you want to minimize jet lag, drink lots of water on the flight (and upon arrival)
- If you want to ensure comfort on the long flight, bring a blanket and extra socks to keep your little feeties warm, a travel pillow for your neck and shoulders, and a tooth brush, paste and face wipes to keep that extra fresh look and feel
- If you’re taller than the average bear, we recommend asking for emergency exit seats when you check in for your flight
- If you get woozy, bring some dramamine. Remember, although it’ll be on very calm waters, we’re going on a boat for our farewell cruise so this could also be helpful if you are prone to seasickness or motion sickness
- If you have a sensitive stomach, having some Imodium handy will help help your belly feel better
- If you’ve been told you’re a “sweater” – not the kind you wear – bring an extra pair of workout shoes
All of these things you can get once you’re in Ericeira if need be, but why waste valuable travel time?
Balance of Payments
If you’ve only paid the deposit so far, please ensure you settle the balance of the retreat as soon as possible. You can check the email you received upon paying the deposit for information on how to do so.
If you can’t find your invoice email, then let us know and we’ll shoot across another link to settle up. All balances are due 30 days before the trip start date.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns that arise before you depart for Portugal, we’re happy to help out.
We are so excited to have you here with us for this special week of fitness and adventure, and the friendships forged here will last well past the time spent in this beautiful coastal nation!
See you in Portugal!!
The WANDERFIT Team