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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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Living an adventurous roving retirement

November 10, 2018

We really are blessed with the wonderful lifestyle that we enjoy. Travelling the world and seeing wondrous things are just part of our ‘normal’ roving retirement life. On occasions we are able to write about some of the things we’ve done and have articles published in magazines. In November, we had another article published in […]

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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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Jacqueline’s favourite place

August 9, 2018

Care for Dogs A good part of our travels to date have included, when we are not house sitting, spending a few months each year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. You’ll find a number of posts about our time there elsewhere in this blog. (Hint: look under the THAILAND section in the PLACES menu item). However, each […]

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Rhine River Cruise and Cycle

August 6, 2018

Ever wanted to cruise down the Rhine River in Germany viewing the castles on the vineyard covered hills? Come with us as we discover this magical area by boat and bicycle.

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Aigues Mortes and Flamingo’s

June 3, 2018

The first part of this week was drab and dreary weather wise. A total contrast to the glorious weather we enjoyed at the same time here last year. However, we had a smile on our face when we were confirmed for a sit in Mexico in late October. Once the sun shined on Friday we […]

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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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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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The Benefits of House Sitting – we’ve been published

January 11, 2018

I’ve had a two page article detailing the benefits of house sitting published  in International Living Magazine Australia. You can read the PDF via this link – The Benefits of House Sitting Hope you enjoy it.

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UXO – the legacy of the Secret War in Laos

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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Jordan’s Grand Canyon, Crusader Castles & Natural attractions

December 15, 2017

Our long bus trip along the King’s Highway from Amman to Petra was broken up with a number of very interesting stops. On the way we were amazed to see Jordan’s very own Grand Canyon. Whilst not as large as it’s namesake in the USA it is nevertheless very impressive being 3.5 km wide in […]

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Blogging Competition

December 8, 2017

As many of you will be aware Jacqueline and I house sit around the world as a way to experience non-tourist locations and save on travel costs. We obtain the house sits via various house sitting websites and I intend to write some more posts about our house sitting lifestyle and how it all works […]

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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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