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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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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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Kings Landing aka Girona

September 22, 2017

This was our third visit to Girona in the Catalan region of north-east Spain. Last year, whilst house sitting in Santa Christina d’Aro, we rode the 34kms each way (on a blistering hot day but that’s another story) and had a small taster of this magnificent medieval city. We returned a few days later in […]

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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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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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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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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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Medieval Villages of Catalonia

October 4, 2016

Spain’s north eastern region of Catalunya is overflowing with ancient medieval villages. On yet another glorious September day we took the car out to discover and explore what they had to offer.

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The Volcanoes of La Gorratxa

September 29, 2016

Our last week on the Costa Brava saw us venturing further afield and heading inland, north west of Girona, to visit the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa. This park contains 40 volcanic cones, 20 basalt lava flows and numerous small medieval villages.

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The Catalan coast of Spain and Cork??

September 19, 2016

After the winding drive along the rugged and spectacular Catalan coast of the Costa Brava we finally saw our destination – Tossa de Mar. The thing that immediately struck us was the walled ramparts and towers we could see on the promontory above the beach.

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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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Bus from Chiang Mai to Sukhothai (same same but different!!)

March 15, 2016

This was our first experience of using the Thai bus system and by and large it was ok (once you work out where the buses leave from)

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