We love to travel and explore foreign landscapes, discover new and interesting animals and plants, swim with exotic sea creatures and meet people who are different from us. Writing about our adventures and taking photographs is one of the ways we keep in touch with our family and growing circle of friends and fans.
There are lots of travel blogs that show you places you can go. We help you put yourself in the picture by sharing all the lessons we have learned from almost continuous travel. We reveal our secrets for affordable ways to travel more, stay longer and have experiences most tourists miss.
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See what we discovered in the inviting beach towns of Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit Mexico-inexpensive groceries, delicious seafood, beautiful beaches and the MANY differences!
Coconut water (Pipa) is one of nature’s most nutritious, hydrating and healthful beverages. In Costa Rica, coconut trees grow everywhere, so Pipa is free if you know how to harvest it.
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I took a break from writing while playing tourist, using our City Pass to visit sites in and around Toronto. The pass is good for 9 days, so we had to cram it all in, even with our leasurely two months of time here! As we visited the big ciy, at first I was pretty...read more
By having a simple Wordpress blog set up as a house sitter web site, we are able to more easily show off our abilities, our experience, our qualifications and our personalities. Providing more information than we can fit in our profiles on the house sitting web sites,...read more
The Humber Arboretum is an enchanting mix of natural areas and cultivated gardens. We saw Lavender, Peonies in a dozen colors, Pentstemmon, 3-foot tall Drum Allium, and huge Rhodedendrons, which seem to do really well and grow to enormous size in Ontario.read more
We love finding ways of focusing on the things that we appreciate and are grateful for. We find that the more we notice what we like and enjoy, the more we find to appreciate and every moment is more positive. See what we mean with this game.read more
A good number of friends have expressed awe, appreciation, even envy over what we are up to. Depending upon my mood, I have different reactions. My most sarcastic response is something like this "You too can lose your house and most of your income and live this...read more
How do I value myself? I am certainly not the first to notice that we tend to evaluate our own worth by our ability to contribute or produce in the world. And, lately, I have gotten a lot of appreciation for doing meaningful work, supporting service...read more
This weekend is the unofficial beginning of spring in Canada because tomorrow is Victoria Day, and this weekend Canadians tend to head for "cottage country" to begin the summer parties and outdoor play. Last week the neighbor called to warn us the liquor store...read more
Our cross country trip from West to East meant that we lost time almost every day. Fortunately we had three secret weapons that kept us going and made each day a new adventure.read more
As I sit in Ontario Canada on a bit of a grey day, it seems a good time to get started sharing about this experience. I am choosing to start with the travel. The history of the decision to do this is vast and will fill in on other sections of our blog as time allows....read more
Finally settled into our family home base in Holliston, MA. Neil's dad is comfortably set up in the downstairs apartment they created for him just six weeks ago. We arrived a few days ago from Santa Rosa, CA with a short detour to Portland, Oregon to see our kids....read more
left our grown up kids in Portland, after a nice three days. Tonight we are headed for bed in Boise, Idaho. Next stop, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Read Nextread more