This Valentine’s Day is going to be a bit unusual for Kenin and myself. This is the first year of our relationship that we will be celebrating without a pet. It’s really difficult to get in the celebratory spirit while still trying to cope with our loss. Since Zoe’s passing last year, we have an almost uncomfortable new found freedom. I find myself daydreaming of far off places as of recently, of long plane rides or trains crossing continents. Over the past three years we traveled mostly by car and took very short trips without Zoe. This year however, once we leave Canada in early April, we have the option of going anywhere. The world has become completely available to us and to be quite honest, it is a bit daunting.
When I decided to start my online business four years ago, I knew I was done with the unappreciated 70+ hour-work weeks at the office. I wanted so much more from my limited time here on this planet. I wanted to grab life by its ripened fruit and squeeze every last drop right out of it! So I quit my job and decided come Hell or high water I was going to figure out a way to spend my life traveling and make money while doing it.
“Travel is expensive!” “How can you afford it?” “Where do you sleep?” Any long term traveler can tell you that these are questions they answer pretty much on a daily basis. Whether you’re in line at the market buying some fresh fruit or at a freeway rest area walking your dog, once someone finds out you travel full-time the list of questions begins! I decided to put together this Rambling Guide to Affordable Long Term Travel Accommodations in order to put some of those questions to bed (see what I did there??) and to help any traveler (full time or part time) save some money on their next trip.
Recently my husband and I were perusing a bookstore in search of a gift for our nephew. We almost always bribe him with toys (hey we are the aunt and uncle, that’s what we do) but for Thanksgiving we decided on getting him a book instead. After reading to him on our last visit we came to the conclusion that we can get him something practical but have it still be enjoyable. Kenin and I both love reading and we both love traveling. We put together this list of 10 fun travel books to help instill a bit of wanderlust in your kids.
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.