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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — March 2013

1. Whole Foods Markets launched a new travel company Whole Journeys this year. Next month marks their inaugural trip to Turkey. Eleven more tours are planned including an epicurean biking trip through Italy and a hiking trip on a caravan road in China where horses used to carry teas. Prices range from $2,800 to $4,500 […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits from Around the World — February 2013

 and its ascendance in hipdom continues with the renovation of the Karakoy district, formerly an industrial seaside district where workers went only for electrical supplies or a visit with prostitutes. In 2010, two restaurants opened — Lokanta Maya and Bej — opening the floodgates for artistic types to flourish with stylish hole-in-the-wall boutiques and coffee […]

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Trusted Housesitters Survey Results & House Sitting Tips

  TrustedHousesitters.com Survey Results & House Sitting Tips Earlier this year, house sitting website TrustedHousesitters.com surveyed its ever-growing base of members, both house sitters and homeowners. The statistics that have come back and the feedback from both home owners and house sitters has been very interesting and the good news is there’s some clear pointers […]

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Five Off-the-Beaten Track Must-Sees for the New Year

Planet Earth holds wonders plentiful and marvelous. No one could ever experience them all but I offer up five places that slide under the mass-media radar. They are nevertheless priceless nuggets that offer design, history, sunshine, iconography, and whimsy. Enjoy!   If you need design stimulation of the first degree, get thee to the streets […]

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Integrity and House Sitting

There is a disturbing trend in house sitting lately. House sitters are reneging on their commitment to take an assignment. How is that happening? Here’s the scenario: A house sitter accepts a house sitting assignment, but then they find a “better” assignment, reneging on their commitment to the first homeowner. The house sitter leaves the […]

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8 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — January 2013

1. Upon disembarking your plane, wouldn’t you love to eliminate the shoving, pushing and general cattle round-up at the baggage carousel? Now you can. For 30 bucks and up, United Airlines will deliver your luggage to your home, hotel, office or other final destination. Not all cities on board with the optional service, however. But […]

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The Language of House Sitting – What does “Variable Dates” mean?

So you’re interested in house sitting and you spend some time looking through the posts for house sits — like the one above. Most of them have dates that tell you when the assignment starts and ends, May 15th to July 20th, for instance. But then you see some that don’t have a start and […]

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For the Love of Wine

It’s what keeps the economy chugging in Spain’s Catalonia – and they’re pretty darned passionate about how to grow the grapes.   Grapevines “You make together – the plant with the wire,” says Joan Raventós, an exuberant restaurateur and vineyard owner whom I met while touring Europe. He trudged ahead of me down one row […]

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New Year’s Eve in Baltimore, U.S.A. — A Photo Essay

Conrad’s and my house sitting gig is coming to a close soon here in Baltimore, Maryland in the good ole U.S of A. And since I have also recently been trying to improve my photography skills, (there’s so much great competition out there and I have much work to do to merely keep up with […]

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6 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — December 2012

 

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When choosing where to house sit, should you try a remote location?

If you’re anything like me, you drool over the posted house sitting assignments on match-up websites like HouseCarers.com. The places! The photos! Wouldn’t you love staying in a romantic and charming French country estate or a rugged Australian outback boutique farm complete with small herd of cattle? Or a thatched-roof hut in Fiji? What would […]

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Remote house sitting in Italy

Create a Successful Profile to Win the Best House Sitting Assignments

To become a house sitter, here is the short list of how to begin: Number 2 on that list is to post your profile. It’s one of the first things you do on the road to becoming a house sitter, and in my opinion, one of the most important. It’s the first impression of you. […]

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Set Your Criteria Before Searching For a House Sitting Assignment

If you’re on the hunt for house sitting assignments out there in the world, then you know they vary wildly. Where should you begin? With a tiny apartment in London, a farm in the Australian Outback, or a stone house overlooking the hills of Tuscany? What are the differences and what will work for you? […]

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The Pros and Cons of House Sitting

I firmly believe that everything in life is a trade-off. Here’s my take on the Pros and Cons of house sitting:   It’s true that house sitting is a responsibility to watch over someone else’s home. There’s no daily maid to make your bed with newly starched sheets. No one to cook your meals. And […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — November 2012

 will be able to use it to visit Turkey. Starting January 1st, 2013, Holders of the Global Pass and Select Pass can get to Turkey via Bulgaria on Turkey’s state railway T.C.D.D. offered by The Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France upon your arrival. The hotel, actually in the Caribbean and on a tiny island […]

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Starting a Freelance Writing Career? Here Are My First Three Years

In 2010, I retired from my career as a shop-at-home window treatment saleslady. Yes, I was that person that arrives at your home with the van-full of samples for blinds and drapery. I was good at it and now often miss seeing the fabulous homes. Here are some photos from my portfolio.       […]

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A Behind the Scenes Look at HouseCarers

            In 2000, Australian Ian White was an aspiring IT worker in what he thought was a secure position. One day a coworker came to him with a personal issue that would soon prove prophetic in Ian’s life. The coworker told Ian about a failed attempt to land a house […]

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My Crazy Science of Pie Crusts

Pies can be savory or sweet and presenting one is always sure to bring on the Ohhs and Ahhs. They’re fun. They’re versatile. And they taste so yummy! Now I fully admit that making pies is not a quick five-minute undertaking, and I never attempted one until after the kids were grown, (except for the […]

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6 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — October 2012

who no longer want to be in the building management business, are selling off foreclosed properties at huge discounts — up to 80%. Catalunya Caixa, Santander, and Banesto Bank are amongst many banks slashing prices on mostly large developments in tourist areas. Mar de Canet, for instance, a complex in a beach town south of […]

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Should You Pay for Utilities While House Sitting?

who had purchased THE HOUSE SITTING BOOK from me. (“A wonderful book,” he said. Thanks John!) (Editor’s note: The book is no longer available.) After reading the book, he went through all the correct procedures to land a gig. He lost his desired house sitting assignment over failed negotiations about payment of the home’s utilities […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — September 2012

The Royal Penthouse Suite at The Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland goes for a mere $65,000 a night. It includes: Bullet-proof doors and windows twelve rooms, twelve bathrooms Billiard room Private elevator Library Fitness center Call a few friends and lets go! Hmm, if we invite 130 people, that’s only $500 per person! For […]

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Photo Essay: Our House Sit In Baltimore

This is the nice family we are house sitting for now in Baltimore — and in that house. The family is on a three-year work assignment in Italy. We agreed to 1 and 1/2 years. This is Lancelot. He has a nice big aquarium with a personal swimming pool. On instructions from the homeowners, I […]

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Capture the Colour Contest

This fun contest is sponsored by Travel Supermarket and is called “Capture the Colour.”  Each person posts photos related to five colors: Green, White, Yellow, Blue, and Red. There are prizes involved, so I invite you to check it out and enter. Each person also invites five more folks to enter. Here are my five […]

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Modern Clocks while traveling in Europe

6 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — August 2012

  . The biggest savings is time when you waltz through security without undressing or pulling out your laptop, and then quickly clear customs at many U.S. airports with the special Global Entry sticker affixed to your passport. After paying a $100 non-refundable fee, filling out an application and participating in an interview, you get […]

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Is the World Becoming One Homogenous Population?

Australians flock to America. Cheaper airfare has caused an 81% increase in travel to the U.S. by Australians in 2011. Other reasons include a stronger Australian dollar and young professionals seeking opportunities overseas. In this Round World Discussion, 5 savvy chicks give their take on this important question.   It’s definitely heading towards a homogenous […]

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Photo Recipe Basics — Cutting Bread

  Cutting Bread What’s so hard about cutting bread? Well in truth it’s not an earth-shattering issue, but I believe that these little details can make your food preparation more efficient and save you money.  

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Photo Recipe Basics: Keeping Leafy Veggies Fresh

  Keeping Leafy Veggies Fresh This tip is so simple, and maybe I’m the one who’s behind the times, but it took me years to refine it to this point. After years of throwing away days-old  wilted vegetables, I finally got smart and combined 1/3 common sense, 1/3 science, ans 1/3 experience.  

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The 350 year-old front door is adorned with hammered metal lion's heads.

Goofy Google

A kooky trend has come to my attention as of late. It sneaked up on me. You know, you’re just going about your days trying to keep up, to outrun the bills and if you’re lucky, make a difference somewhere, somehow. So I write blogs.   Whenever a topic pops into my head, I go […]

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Immersion Travel in the Tirolean Dolomites

Stealing — or — Follow the Golden Rule. Maybe both?

I stole a knife from Gasthof Locher in Italy for a planned picnic and hike later that day. Just as I was sneakily dropping the knife into my purse, Frau Weifner, the proprietress entered around a corner and our eyes met. I know she saw me steal but she remained gracious as ever, never uttering […]

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To Tour or Not To Tour. . .

Long before I knew what a travel tour was, I was inherently against the idea. After all, I thought, wasn’t the idea to discover new stuff by examining it on your own time at your own speed from your own angle? That last statement basically sums up my “M.O.” in everything I do, by the […]

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