Expat life

April 2018 – A wedding, Frankfurt and Spain

January 24, 2019

The first two weeks of April saw us completing two house sits before continuing our travels overseas with a special Business Class flight! A few days prior to our departure we attended our niece’s wedding on an unseasonal and bitterly cold Autumn afternoon. Wedding’s are very special days and this one was no exception. However, […]

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March 2018 – Australia

January 8, 2019

Having concluded our Asian sojourn we returned to our hometown – Melbourne, in mid-February. Our return was to honour a commitment we’d made a few years earlier to a dear friend that had asked us to pet sit her two little doggies. As chance would have it our niece was getting married in mid-April so […]

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Monarch Butterflies – A Winter Holiday in Mexico

January 6, 2019

Introduction Millions of Monarch Butterflies make an epic journey every year from the USA and Canada to Central Mexico. I had seen this natural spectacle on one of Sir David Attenborough’s natural history documentaries for the BBC many years earlier and it had always fascinated me. Whilst investigating how to fill in a two week […]

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February 2018 – Ancient Kingdoms and Modern Metropolises

January 2, 2019

February was a very busy month as we travelled to, and through, 4 countries – Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The ancient Khmer Kingdom of Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember so I was very excited that we were finally going to see this architectural wonder. […]

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You can see sunsets like this on the Mekong River as you travel the world for less than $100 per day

2018 in Review

January 1, 2019

A New Year generally starts with a reflection of the previous year and in our case this was no different. What was surprising to us though were the “figures” that accompanied that review. To be frank – they were quite staggering. We never imagined that over the course of 2018 we would have visted 16 […]

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2 days in Guadalajara

December 3, 2018

We had a few days to fill in between house sits in Ajijic, Mexico. The second largest city in Mexico – Guadalajara, is just an hours bus ride away so we decided to spend 2 days in Guadalajara.

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Travel the world full time for less than $100 per day

August 26, 2018

Introduction On 9th April 2017 we set off on our worldwide roving retirement having sold almost every possession we owned. We had taken an adult gap year (read about it here) during 2016 and had an idea of what our full year costs would be and budgeted accordingly. We had hoped that we could travel […]

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Begur, Carcassonne and Provence

May 30, 2018

I’m finding that writing a blog post takes too much time so I’m experimenting with doing a short weekly video review of our travels. In this first video I cover the week up to 28th May, 2018. Having spent the previous 3 weeks on a repeat house sit in Sant Feliu de Guixols on the […]

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It’s been a while

May 20, 2018

My last post was January 28th, 2018 – almost 4 months ago!!! I’m not particularly happy or proud of that because there are so many things I’ve wanted to blog about. It’s just that, for those that have never done a blog, they take an inordinate amount of time to put together. We went back […]

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6 months down – how much has it cost??

November 19, 2017

We recently celebrated 6 months since starting our roving retiree lifestyle on 9th April 2017 and thought it would be great to see and share how much it has cost. We think you’ll be amazed at just how much this lifestyle costs.

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The City of Mosaics and Moses’ view of the Promised Land

Madaba – the city of mosaics Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics”, is 30km south of Amman, along the 5,000-year-old Kings´ Highway. The remains of the oldest known map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land can be found here on the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. The mosaic map comprises more […]

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Jordan – The Roman Ruins of Jerash

October 31, 2017

Our Jordanian adventure started when we arrived at Queen Alia airport after midnight following a delayed flight from Barcelona. Our rep guided us through immigration and to meet the other members of our tour group who had been waiting for us. The 40 minute taxi ride into central Amman saw us finally put our heads down […]

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

October 25, 2017

The Middle East is full of amazingly interesting countries however safety and security prevent many from visiting this part of the world. When I suggested we go to Jordan for a week on our way back from Europe to Thailand Jacqueline was a little  apprehensive. 

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Our first six months as roving retirees…

October 17, 2017

  Six months into our new roving retirement and we are loving it. Having sold virtually all of our possessions we left Australia on April 9th, 2017 to pursue a new approach to life – full time, slow travel providing House Sitting services as a way to offset our travel costs. It’s now mid-October and […]

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Avignon – a broken bridge and home of the Popes

July 6, 2017

During our recent house sit in Provence, France we were fortunate to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Avignon. A spectacularly preserved medieval town on the Rhone River surrounded by it’s original fortified city walls.

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Our first week in Provence – Sommieres and French Bull Fighting

June 6, 2017

Our first full week in the South of France and we’ve been busy little bees getting out and about enjoying all that this region has to offer – beautiful rolling hills, vineyards and medieval towns.

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We’re famous – well almost!!!

April 29, 2017

“How can you afford to travel full time??” friends and family have asked us. Well, part of the answer is in an article

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What a year!!! (part 1)

January 1, 2017

Who knew that as we set off on November 5th 2015 what a wonderful, exciting, adventurous, enlightening, educational year it would turn out to be for us.

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The Silver Temple

October 17, 2016

Chiang Mai has an abundance of Buddhist Wats but there are a handful that stand out as just that bit special. The Wat Sri Suphan, or silver temple, is one.

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A change in approach….

September 4, 2016

It’s been a while since I posted here. There are so many things we’ve seen and done on our 10 months away (so far) that I’d like to write about.

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The Big Buddha – Hong Kong

March 31, 2016

Today we took a trip to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha at Ngong Pong village

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Living costs in Chiang Mai

March 6, 2016

How much does it cost to live in Chiang Mai? Read on to find out…

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