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Robin Davis
22 days ago

Portugal’s Not Complete Without a Porto Travel Itinerary

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Sure, Lisbon is Portugal’s big bustling capital, but Porto has all the charm. And the vibe is way more chill—in a good way! Here’s why you shouldn’t skip the smaller city when planning a trip to Portugal.

The food scene is diverse and eclectic.
Porto has all the good traditional eats you’ll find in Lisbon, but also a trendy and innovative food...
Sure, Lisbon is Portugal’s big bustling capital, but Porto has all the charm. And the vibe is way more chill—in a good way! Here’s why you shouldn’t skip the smaller city when planning a trip to Portugal.

The food scene is diverse and eclectic.
Porto has all the good traditional eats you’ll find in Lisbon, but also a trendy and innovative food scene. One of the best meals I had was at Tapabento, a recommendation from the late great Anthony Bourdain. The food was incredibly fresh and the menu (which changes often) offered so many great options (like foie gras toast, oxtail empanadas, wild shrimp) we could barely choose.

Brunch at Rosa et al Townhouse was not at all what I expected. In a country where meat and seafood reign supreme, this bed and breakfast had delicious healthy meals featuring produce plucked from the land. Not to mention that the décor is Pinterest-worthy. On a warm day, have your meal outside in the garden and enjoy the lush scenery.

Save room in your luggage—it’s a book lover’s paradise.
It seems like everywhere we look, bookstores are vanishing, but bookworms, fear not! Porto has an infinite amount.

Live out your Harry Potter dreams at Livraria Lello, the bookstore that inspired J.K. Rowling! You’ll have to buy a ticket and wait your turn to take a picture on their famous staircase, but if you’re a true Potterhead, it’ll be worth it. (For me, the bookstore wasn’t as beautiful as the pictures made it seem online, but hey, do it for the culture.)

If you’re looking for a Portuguese author to round out your bookshelf, I highly recommend José Saramago. Pick up one of his books while waiting for your staircase picture (I recommend Blindness, an enthralling novel in which a country is hit with a plague where everyone has lost their vision).

Explore the Douro Valley and sample Portuguese wines.
Porto is located near/in the famous Douro wine valley, and along the riverfront are tons of wine houses that offer both tastings and tours everyday. Make sure you sample vinho verde (light, bubbly and crisp wine in a green bottle), a wine unique to northern Portugal.

Riverside lounging is a must do.
Porto has a well-developed riverfront area full of restaurants, bars, the aforementioned wine houses, and shopping. Go shopping in the artisanal market where you can buy everything from jewelry to home decor to linens. Or just lounge along the riverside. It’s one of my favorite things to do (and apparently the Portuguese feel the same way).

If you want to take a picture of the river, the best views come from the bridge. But be careful—it might look like a pedestrian bridge, but it’s not! Watch out for the train that comes barreling through every so often. Instead, take the cable car to get sweeping views of the river and the rest of Porto.

Relaxed vibes for a relaxing time.
There’s a reason Porto consistently shows up on the list of best places to visit. You don’t need an itinerary to enjoy yourself (though you’ll still have fun if you abide by one—I see you, Type As). 

Whether you’re lounging on the riverside, watching the peacocks in the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, or curled up in one of the many bookstores, it’s a trip you won’t regret. 
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Erin Papworth
11 months ago

And So It Begins

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My name is Erin Papworth, and I am the CEO of Nav.it, the travel and lifestyle app for women who run the world and want to see it. 

We have a saying at Nav.it: Be Borderless. For many of us, it feels like that was never a choice, it was just a part of who we were - citizens of the world.

In my early twentie...
My name is Erin Papworth, and I am the CEO of Nav.it, the travel and lifestyle app for women who run the world and want to see it. 

We have a saying at Nav.it: Be Borderless. For many of us, it feels like that was never a choice, it was just a part of who we were - citizens of the world.

In my early twenties, I went on what was meant to be a week-long safari in Africa. Thirteen years later I returned home, having worked for humanitarian groups in 15 countries across the sub-Saharan region. I’ve met so many incredible people in my travels, but what always resonated with me was how utterly universal and unique the female experience is.

You see, “travel” means much more to me than a week long vacation somewhere. It is a way of life; a form of incomparable enrichment. Through my work and the way I budgeted my money, I was able to establish a level of financial freedom that gave me opportunities to live out of the box (boxes have borders, after all), and deeply shape my understanding of life. 

I created Nav.it so that women can find the tools they need to navigate the world on their own terms; to understand their power and agency, and most importantly - to learn how to manage their money in a way that turns travel dreams into plans.

When my team at Nav.it says we are a community of female travelers for female travelers, it comes from the knowledge that women comprise two-thirds of the world’s globetrotters, and make 92% of all online travel purchases in the U.S. That is a lot of decision-making and a lot of travel stories to be told. Our team is a group of passionate, primarily former expats who want nothing more than to elevate other women’s lives through travel.

And here’s the thing. We didn’t want to be yet another travel app that simply shows you pictures of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen and tell you that you’d be happier there. Because...yah. Obviously. 

The barrage of #travelinspo content rushing across our screens every five seconds making us feel irresponsible for having jobs when we could be frolicking down some French Polynesian beach instead? It's not helping anyone get anywhere.

So we decided to change the game. Nav.it takes aspirational travel and makes it actionable. 

We firmly believe that wealth is experiential, but it does cost money to get places. Knowing how to manage your money and save what you have is paramount to freedom, whether you're traveling on a sexy shoestring or going on a luxury blitz. 

We don’t just tell you about amazing finds around the world, we help you get there. We give you the option to sync your bank account with our app, and set saving goals for trips you want to go on. We create monetizable city itineraries for you. We let you budget for every restaurant, hotel, museum and flight we review. And to top it off, we've created a community where you can share your tips and experiences with others while learning from their travel fails, their hacks and, most importantly, where to get the most amazing crème brûlée in Nice. We do this all focused on the female experience in the world. 

Women’s lives are not one-size-fits-all, so neither is the Nav.it experience. We are here to empower every woman to see the world in a way that is feasible to her, and we hope you come along for the ride!







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