Why I Might Not House Sit Ever Again

Notwithstanding friends and family, this is our second house sitting gig. It basically involves taking care of a house and usually pets + plants, and instead of payment you get a free place to stay.  While there are many obvious benefits to house sitting, after our experiences, I think the drawbacks outweigh them and I’m…

Seeking to be plausibly ordinary? Get a Canadian passport.

I have two passports, an American one and a Canadian one. Thank goodness, now I know which one to flash when I’m on espionage missions. Canada’s is the passport of choice “for spies, state-sponsored assassins, terrorists and just about anyone else seeking to be plausibly ordinary across a range of languages, ethnicities and religions.” However, the Canadian…

Is AirBnB getting creepy or what?

It’s just become less invasive to buy a house than it is to book one on AirBnB. When I started using AirBnB, I was put off by their service fee structure, but otherwise liked the experience. We stayed in cliffside houses overlooking the sea, urban lofts, and jungle cabins. Because other websites ask for basic information, I didn’t mind that…

Cheap Souvenir Ideas for People with No Room in their Bags

When you’re traveling, space is limited. Unless you’re willing to ship a box to mom and dad, you might stop buying souvenirs altogether. But there’s a problem with this approach. Even the smallest and cheapest trinket can flood the mind with memories. And it doesn’t matter how small or cheap it is, a souvenir for your loved ones will be…

The Secret to Traveling the World (It’s Not What You Think)

When I first considered living nomadically, my vision was to stay in each place for six months or a year. But it just never worked out like that for Josh and me. Visas always seem to come in the way of staying a long time, especially in the Schengen zone. Sometimes we end up not liking…

*SCAM ALERT* Be smart.

Today I found this Web site. On the surface, it looks like a legitimate booking agent for flats in Europe. Having seen many Web sites similar to this one, I took it at face value. The prices are excellent. So, I sent an inquiry regarding an apartment in Dublin and another in Berlin. The response…

What’s Inside My Bag (In case you were wondering)

It’s not a kilo of marijuana. That would be a stupid thing take to Malaysia, where being caught trafficking drugs leads to a mandatory death sentence. And you thought the USA had a bad drug policy. We are allowed alcohol so Josh and I agreed to pack up a box of beer for our stay….

Travel Tidbits and Tips

Istanbul 1. After seeing the “Feel like a Star” Turkish Airlines commercial in Germany, we were quite excited to see if the service lived up to the claims. The commercial features a good tune that sticks hard in my head. Well, Turkish Airlines was great. Check-in was seamless, and they offered us exit row seats…