Roving retiree

Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang by bus, slow boat and plane

January 28, 2018

I’d read that the slow boat along the Mekong River from the Northern Thai border to Luang Prabang in Laos was a great trip. So I decided to go on a mini adventure from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang to find out for myself. Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang – first stop Chiang Khong The […]

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UXO – the legacy of the Secret War in Laos

January 11, 2018

My sombre visit to UXO Laos Visitor Centre in Luang Prabang revealed some staggering facts – more than 2 million tonnes of explosive ordinance were dropped on Laos in the Secret War – more tonnage than was used during the whole of World War II! Laos is the most bombed country in history with more […]

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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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Travel costs – June 2017 (France and the UK)

July 9, 2017

One of the reasons for doing this blog is to show people that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to travel full time. Every month I’ll post a blog showing our total costs for the month and you can see how we’re going – here’s Junes totals.

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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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Travel costs – the past month (well 23 days)

June 4, 2017

One of the reasons for doing this blog is to show people that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to travel full time. Every month I’ll post a blog showing our total costs for the month and you can see how we’re going.

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A walk in Andalusia – Ruta del Gollizno

May 31, 2017

After dropping the home owners off at Granada airport at the start of our most recent house sit in Spain we decided to stop off at Moclin – a hillside village with a 14th century Moorish castle overlooking a valley towards the Sierra Nevada. 

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Our first month of being roving retirees

May 11, 2017

It’s been one month since we left Australia on our full time roving retiree lifestyle. How much has it cost…

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Indiana Jones in the French Pyrenees

July 30, 2016

Straddling a deep gorge in the Pyrenees in the Basque region of Larrau, South West France is the Le pont suspendu d’Holzarte suspension bridge. The drive from Mauleon, in the Soule province, to the start of the hiking track takes you through magnificent rolling hills, valleys and quaint Basque villages as the road follows the Le Saison and Larrau rivers.

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Andalucia, Spain – El Torcal Natural Park Reserve

April 24, 2016

Today we drove to Torcal de Antequera Natural Area. It is one of the most dramatic and exceptional karstic landscapes in Europe.

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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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