July 2015

Aren’t you AFRAID to travel by yourself?

July 19, 2015

I hear this a lot.  But only from women (and their men) who have never traveled alone.  There are some women I know who aren’t even comfortable going to a restaurant by themselves. I guess I have always been more independent and adventurous than most women. And an introvert who likes being alone, rather than in a gaggle of people traveling together, which actually has …

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House-sitting as a way to see the world – for free.

July 12, 2015

  A daily email arrives in my inbox from Housecarers.com.  All the new house-sit opportunities that have been listed that day from all around the world.  It is enjoyable to read them, look at their pictures and dream. I found out about house-sitting as a means to travel and see the world about five years ago when I began to follow a couple who actually …

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Why I Make Mazatlan My Home Base

July 6, 2015

I read an article recently that listed some of the drawbacks of choosing to live somewhere other than your native country – in other words, becoming an expat.  Some of them include: Losing touch with family and friends, missing important occasions and gatherings, feelings of loneliness and isolation. All applicable to me at least once in a while.  But much more so to other people …

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A Solo Trip: Planning

July 5, 2015

Sometime in March of this year, I began to think about taking a trip somewhere in May.  Although I never need a reason or an incentive to travel, this time I was inspired.  My father had been placed in a home with Alzheimer’s in February.   He had been struggling on his own in the family home in Toronto, where none his three children lived nearby.  My …

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Reykjavik

July 4, 2015

I landed in Reykjavik at 6:30 am, suffering with jet lag.  To my body, it was about 2:30 am.  I wondered if the hotel would even let me in my room when I got there, or would I have to wait until the afternoon. I had no idea how one gets to Reykjavik from the airport, but after grabbing my bag I noticed signs for …

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Road Trip Through Mexico

July 3, 2015

My friend, Gwen, and I had a road-trip adventure together in May of 2014.  The ’98 Jeep parked in Houston ever since Mike, my husband, had left there in April to go and work in Kuwait for a couple of months, needed to be driven down to Mazatlan.  I asked Gwen to meet me in Texas and play co-pilot and navigator. Since it was to …

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Love Airbnb

July 3, 2015

Many people have likely heard of Airbnb by now and maybe 50% (I’m guessing) of you have tried it, either as a Guest or as a Host.  I am writing this for those who are curious and would like to know more about it from a first-hand experience basis.  I do not receive any compensation from Airbnb. I have stayed in 10 or 12 different …

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Oh, those Latin Men!

July 3, 2015

Mike and I went to one of the ocean-front restaurants last night for some delicious fish and seafood.  (La Fonda).  As the youngish waiter served us, I caught a subtle look from him – a slightly flirtatious smile and glint in his eye that instantly made me feel good.  It hit me then that this happens all the time and it’s not because I’m some …

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Adventures Driving in Mexico with Big Red

July 3, 2015

I recently drove with my most excellent house/dog-sitters, Anne and Mike Howard of www.honeytrek.com, who are globe-trotting travel bloggers of some renown, from Puerto Vallarta to Austin, Texas.  I needed to renew my permit for the Jeep for another six months, which means a trek to the border and re-entering with a new permit. Anne and Mike had been staying at my apartment with the …

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Guanajuato and Guadalajara, Mexico

July 1, 2015

On a journey back to Mazatlan from Alberta and Houston in September 2013, I took an opportunity to take a side-trip on the way and check out Guanajuato.  Since I was taking a direct flight from San Antonio, Texas to Mexico City on the Mexican airline, Interjet, that arrived at noon, I decided to take a luxury bus that afternoon all the way to Guanajuato, …

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