Playing House in New Zealand

Have you even wanted to temporarily slip into someone else’s life? Unless you’re new here, you know that my partner, Karen, and I regularly get the chance to do exactly that. Thanks to several online house sitting communities, we are able to connect with people around the world, move into their homes, look after their animals, and free them up for their own travels. It’s pretty amazing.

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I Have a Confession to Make.

This isn’t easy for me to put into words. I feel the need to explain myself. Please read this post with an open mind. I know this is going to be very controversial. I can already hear the gasps; I can see the heads shaking in befuddlement; I can imagine you questioning my sensibilities. Deep breath. Here goes. Continue reading

My Vocabulary is Lacking.

I Don’t Have the Words for New Zealand.

In this instance, how to describe the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island? How many times can a person use words like beautiful, stunning, breath-taking, and awe-inspiring before becoming repetitive? I really don’t have the words to describe all that we saw on this recent leg of our trip, but I’ll give it a shot. Continue reading

New Zealand Ramblings

The ramblings that follow are the stream of consciousness type about first impressions, but they do follow some driving and walking around type of ramblings, as well.

One constant with travel is learning. Even in English speaking countries with a history of British colonization, we feel a little like fish out of water and are pushed to learn a bit each day. This is good; it keeps the grey matter going! Continue reading

Flying Solo Down Under

Alternate title:

How Leah Got Her Groove Back

Somewhere along the line, I lost my solo travel groove. Sure, I’ll go on road trips in Canada, but even those are genuinely on well-known routes with friends or relatives waiting at the other end. When did I lose the ability and interest, or worse, the confidence to travel by myself?

I have zero internal compass. Zero. I’m that person who will wander through a shopping mall, searching for the way out, and then not be able to find my car when I do get out! Basically, I could get lost in a paper bag. Continue reading

A Month on Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula, south of the city of Melbourne, is along the east side of Port Phillip Bay, and covers about 723 square kilometres.¬†We had never heard of the peninsula (said peninSHula) before we secured two back-to-back house sits in this region of Australia. With vineyards, cheese makers, beaches & beach huts, national parks, animal sanctuaries, restaurants, and sunshine galore, it’s good we ended up being here for a month.

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Loosey-goosey travel planning.

Being away from home for five months at a time means we can’t possibly plan our entire trip in advance.¬†Before we left Canada, we had our return flights booked, our first three house sits lined up, a rough idea of how we hoped to split our time between Australia and New Zealand, and that’s about it.

Some people would be uncomfortable leaving so much still up in the air, but in reality, this approach gives us very important flexibility.

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