I recently spent a vacation on a cruise that ended up all over the news. I struggled quite a bit internally for a few days on whether I wanted to write this article or not. I decided to put my thoughts out there and maybe it would help me cope. I was enjoying 7-days in the beautiful blue Caribbean waters working on indulging in some food and drinks, enjoying a nice relaxing trip (or two) to the spa, and reading in the suns warm rays by the pool. I was thoroughly relaxed and close to finding my zen when all of a sudden, like a thief in the night, my tranquility was swept out to sea.
Over the course of the past 3-years we Ramblers have discovered that slow travel has become our preferred method of travel. When you mix slow travel with housesitting you get an almost unbeatable combination. The blend of nearly free accommodations and having plenty of time to really take in a destination are both really great benefits. However, we’ve recently discovered another reason that’s even better. Over the last couple of years, we’ve had the ability to live the lives of completely different people while staying in these individual homes. The funny thing is, it took an old friend of ours coming over for a visit to point this out to us. We never really realized how much each house sit has impacted and changed our perspectives on life and the way it is lived by each individual person. We became very introspective on how geography, culture, and even gender can influence a person’s home and ultimately a person’s life.
I don’t get to see my mother as often as I would like. I live in America and she lives in Trinidad which is where I was born. We visit each other frequently, but it never seems like enough time together. With Mother’s Day around the corner I miss her so much it aches.
In an attempt to gauge just how good of a daughter I have been over the years, I sent my mum an email asking her to tell me what her “All Time Favorite” gift was. I also wanted to make sure that I was still the favorite child (my brother is also the favorite, my parents refuse to choose out loud, but I know the truth). Her response made me giddy and made me feel closer to her than I have ever felt.
It’s no secret that we here at The Constant Rambler love coffee. I find it necessary to function and essential to a happy day. This is one of the reasons that I adore Starbucks. Since becoming a blogger though, my love for this company has grown and now I find that they have become a necessity to my travel lifestyle.
I have an extreme love/hate relationship with zoos and their existence. I love animals! There is no doubt about that. I love all animals (even snakes, though it has to be from a distance). Throughout our travels, I almost always make it a point to stop at a local zoo or wildlife center. I’ve even visited some farms and animal sanctuaries. I am a huge advocate of the preservation and conservation of all animals. Where does my struggle stem from then? Well, I don’t know how right it is to keep animals in captivity.