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Five Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World – November 2017

  Have you heard recent stories about people who live in cruise ships? They’re cute stories about seemingly eccentric singles who decide they should set up camp right there in a stateroom — and stay forever. Well, Fort Lauderdale’s ROW Management LTD. took the concept one giant step further. The World, is their 644-foot, 16-level […]

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Tarjeta Dorada: Spanish Discount Train Travel for the Over-60 Crowd

  Simple Easy Discount Card: Tarjeta Dorada. In English it means Golden Card.      Conrad and I love Spain. Over eight years, we’ve house sat on the side of a mountain, made great friends, and made Spain a major stop last year on our longest house sitting adventure to date. We’ve tootled around the […]

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How Much Does it Cost for Eight Months of Travel Around the World?

      When I tell people Conrad and I traveled around the world for eight months, they invariably think we must have an overflowing bank account. But in reality, taking a trip of this magnitude is less expensive than you may think. In this post, I’ll list all the costs, along with the grand […]

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Stay Extra Days with Your Homeowners and Make Lifelong Friends

October, 2016, I rang the doorbell on a charming Galmpton Village home, high on a hill overlooking lush horse fields in southern England. Pretty terra cotta pots brimming with flowers and vines perched on every surface, creating a fragrant obstacle course to the front door. I marveled at how we came to be here. Two […]

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Everything You Need to Know About House Sitting Delivered in a Summit over the Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

    Get your free ticket here   House sitting is my thing. And I want it to be a thing for many more people. I’m a house sitting crusader! What I have experienced through this low-cost way to travel the world is more than I ever dreamed. Conrad and I have saved tens of […]

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Traditional London

  How does one describe a city as diverse as London? Pulling from my Interior Designer Days, I describe design in three main categories: traditional, classic, or contemporary. Touring London had “traditional” coming to mind at every turn. Traditional, according to Oxford dictionary, “long-established, handed-down, habitually done.” That’s London through and through. Here are two […]

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Who Were the Highly-Motivated Humans That Built Stonehenge?

Standing on the grassy Salisbury Plain of Wiltshire, England, I am one of dozens of modern-day curious tourists gazing at the huge stone monoliths of Stonehenge. With cell phone cameras held aloft, we jockey into position to get the best photos – made fabulous on this particular day by the long shadows in the setting […]

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Bicycling Scandinavia: Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen

Comparing Three Cities and Their Biking Culture While Walking Denmark in 2010, I witnessed more bicyclists than I had ever seen on the network of ample, hedge-rowed manicured paths. The Scandinavian bicycling philosophy became clear to me. It’s serious business. More accurately, bicycling is an entire way of life in Denmark.   At the top […]

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Don’t Call it a Vacation: This is Living on the Road

This year Conrad and I are traveling for eight months. Two years ago we spent two months in Spain, and in 2010, we set out on an adventure that lasted three years. I travel with intention that is often misunderstood. What I do is not a vacation. Seeing new lands and experiencing cultural differences pulls […]

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Has House Sitting Changed?

  In 2009, wide-eyed and anxious, Conrad and I won our first house sitting assignment. “We’re going to Denmark!” I said. And during the first two weeks we were there, eating meals in the lush backyard garden, we kept gleefully stating, “We’re in Denmark!” We’re pretty simple people. Not rich. Not prone to staying up […]

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House Sitting Sites Evolved: A Review of

It has been six years since Conrad and I joyfully applied for our first house sitting assignment online. Back then in 2009, was the oldest and largest platform for matching up house sitters to homeowners. Ian White of launched his innovative site in October 2000 and is still going strong. The format Ian […]

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Travel Photo Roulette #111, Theme: Repeating Shapes

And the winner is: Carole from Travels with Carole. Everything in this somber photo lends to the tone of the ancient graveyard. Its monochromatic overall look, including the deftly placed gray olive trees in the foreground, make me feel the respect this final resting place deserves. As for the repeating shapes, they are a swirling […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World: July 2015

  In an “epidemic of narcissism and recklessness,” as told by the New York Times today, travelers are making asses of themselves. This is a story of the selfie gone terribly wrong, where the desire to post one’s photo or video on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, is causing folks to pose naked or cause drunken […]

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Full-Time Travel: How is it Financially Possible?

In the three years I’ve been writing this blog there has been huge growth in numbers of full-time travelers – and those who dream of full-time travel. The dreamers gain inspiration from the many gorgeous websites and talented bloggers who show us what a life-changing experience full-time travel really is. So the question shows up […]

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Momos, Death Avenue, and the New Whitney

You’d think that having spent part of my growing up years on Long Island, living in Manhattan during my wild and crazy 20s, and taken dozens of trips to the city for business and pleasure, that I would know every neighborhood, sight, and attraction. But New York City has evolved – from the 1960s hopeful […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World: April 2015

    1. An article in last Sunday’s New York Times travel section resonated with me. And while it’s not urgent news, the words should be heeded and remembered by all travelers. In a nutshell, GET LOST! Stephanie Rosenbloom starts out by telling the reader she came across the bronze statue of Michel de Montaigne […]

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What’s Your Angle? Travel Photo Roulette #98

AND THE WINNER IS . . .  Carrie’s stunning photo from Morocco, was taken from the gull’s angle. I appreciate the photographic excellence it took to achieve the simple elegance, too. Bright light usually blacks-out everything else in the frame, but the gull’s details here are fully there, including the smug look and his beady […]

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Language Schools: Surprising Travel Resource and Memory-Maker

  In order to travel deeper, to get more out of the experience, I have to dig. It means seeking. It means connecting. And when I find myself in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language, my lack of skills automatically means my relationship with locals is curtailed. That bugs me. Behind the […]

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Modern-Day Lewis and Clark Unconventional Guide

    She’s done it again. Nora Dunn, aka The Professional Hobo has written another fact-filled, value-filled book. She knows what she’s talking about. Dunn used to be a financial adviser, so on her website you’ll find her paying it forward with responsible advice for folks who want to keep on traveling indefinitely. The new […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits for February, 2015

      Do you have a drawer full of leftover foreign currency? Every time you come home, there’s always a few Euros or Lira you haven’t used. Right? Enter Travelers Box. At some airports around the world you can find this clever kiosk that allows you to convert that extra coinage and bills to […]

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Cordoba: Where Muslims, Jews, and Christians Once Thrived Together

    On a recent 2-month trip around Spain, I had the great pleasure of staying 4 nights in Cordoba. And even though its tight neighborhoods had me longing for wide open spaces, the whole experience gave me the big-world view of how Spain became Spain. Here’s what I found out: Over the course of […]

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New Trend in House Sitting: The Ultra-Short Assignment

I admit it. I read all the house sitting assignments that come through my email each day. It’s an obsession. Six years ago, when Conrad and I first found out about house sitting, I remember clamoring to get my hands on a computer, so I could look up house sitting match-up sites. As soon as […]

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Free Airfare 101

Conrad and I just got back from Spain, and earlier this year we flew to Los Angeles and San Francisco. And we have enough miles leftover for us to fly to Europe again. We paid nothing for airfare. But I get ahead of myself. Here’s how it started: In the mid-1980s when my kids were […]

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Home Exchange vs. House Sitting: Which is Right for You?

House sitting is my passion and I enthusiastically embrace the role as its champion. There’s simply no better way to travel and truly learn about the world. House sitting suits each party – homeowners gain peace of mind knowing their home and pets are looked after and travelers have a free place to stay. We’re […]

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What is Your House Sitting Quotient? Take this Questionnaire

There’s no doubt about it — house sitting is a fabulous way to see the world on the cheap. You incur no cost for lodging while spending weeks or months at a time in the country of your dreams. You delve into the local culture, make friends with locals, learn a new language and expand […]

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I Took a Tour to Turkey and Loved it – To a Point

I’m not a fan of travel tours. Travelers are rushed through cities and countries, see only the main tourist attractions, and have little or no time to explore on their own. The valuable component that is missed on travel tours is cultural immersion. You know, those sweet times when you meet a local and discover […]

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The Felines of Ephesus

Tiger-striped and thick-furred, a friendly cat pushed her cheek against my tentative hand before lithely flipping on her back, inviting me to a tummy rub. Taking her up on the invitation, my fingers gave a hearty scratch but I could feel thick oily dirt coating my fingertips, so I withdrew my hand with thoughts of […]

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Nora Dunn’s New Ebook: How To Get Free Accommodation Around the World, is Out!

  In the world of travel blogging, Nora Dunn, aka: The Professional Hobo, is one of the big shots, the queen of solo travel, a veteran with experience and savvy galore – and well deserved, too, after her amazing seven years on the road traversing the globe. And I know her new book will soar […]

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Close to Home: Surprisingly Rewarding for House Sitting

Most of the time, house sitting and travel to far-off lands go hand-in-hand. After all, house sitting means you can travel farther and longer – I preach it constantly. But it’s not the only way to reap the benefits of house sitting. There is another way to approach the whole philosophy of free lodging. Why […]

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Don’t Ignore This One Action if You Want to House Sit

It’s unanimous. Every house sitter agrees. There is one vital action you must take when applying for house sitting assignments. So if you slack on having the greatest profile photo, or in getting that third letter of recommendation, okay, but you can’t ignore this one action. Without it, you will not be house sitting. Here […]

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