Tag Archives: budget travel

The Road to Freedom

Many people we know and meet are envious of our lifestyle. They think we are lucky.  They think we are brave. Yes, there is an element of luck in how we have ended up together free of debt, free of … Continue reading

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Hitting the Heights in Hong Kong

We are now cat-sitting in Hong Kong, arranged through Housecarers.com, a five-week stay which will give us plenty of time to immerse ourselves in the culture, see the sights and of course drink copious amounts of wine and beer. Our … Continue reading

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Thailand Revisited

11 to 25 March Our four month long trip to SE Asia begins in Thailand. We were last here in March 2007 and notice one or two changes. Here are some excerpts from my Thailand travel blog. Bangkok Having left … Continue reading

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Chania house-sitters take to the road

February 2010 Back in Chania and with unlimited access to internet we’ve hardly seen the light of day as we spend hours searching and researching our next trip. After what we would see as a lazy couple of years on … Continue reading

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Questions you should ask – Part 2 – About the House

Household equipment and appliances vary from house to house.  Given a drawer full of manuals and a day or two, we can generally work out how most things work without too much trouble.  Nevertheless, it’s best to go over the … Continue reading

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Before you leave

When your house-sit comes to an end you will want to make sure that you leave everything just as (or better than) you found it. If you want to be asked back or get good references, the home owner must … Continue reading

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Questions you should ask – Part 1 – About the Animals

One of the most stressful things for pet owners going away from home is the concern over how happy and well looked after their pets will be in their absence.  Pet-sitting is an ideal situation for the worried owner. The … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Laptop

In the Beginning When Iain and I met in 2000, neither of us owned a computer. We used them daily at work and regularly kept in touch by e-mail but didn’t feel the need to have one in the house. … Continue reading

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The 13 Obvious and Not So Obvious Benefits of House-sitting

lets start with the obvious one – you get to live rent free you will be able to travel to and live in places that would normally be outwith your budget you get to settle in one place and live … Continue reading

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Positive Ageism in House-sitting

Well, there’s got to be some benefit to getting old and this is certainly one of them. Would you want to entrust your fragile ornaments, expensive art-works or beloved pets to a teenage gapper?  No, I didn’t think so.  After … Continue reading

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