Most of our posts are focused on the locations we are visiting rather than on the details of our accommodation. We are now in the beautiful village of Metchosin, just outside of Victoria, British Columbia, but it is our accommodation that is the adventure, thus the focus of this missive.Continue reading “Housesit: We’ve chosen Metchosin”
We’re house- and cat-sitting in Calgary for a few weeks, next we’ll be doing the same in Vancouver for a month, followed by a sit in August in the Okanagan region of British Columbia. And we’re booking more house- and pet-sitting gigs for the next leg of our journey, across the pond. Continue reading “Shelter Showdown”
This post is different from our others. Since we’ve received so much value from others who have shared the nitty gritty details about their travel expenses, we thought we would return the favor to the travel universe. So, if you’re just following us to keep tabs on where we are and what we’re up to, you can probably skip this one. If you’re travelling, or planning to be, and looking for another perspective on the cost of travelling in Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama, then read on.
We spent 2 1/2 weeks in San Alejo, a small fishing village between San Clemente and San Jacinto. Here are a few final notes about this area.
Like most computer-savy, cost-conscious travelers in our demographic we typically hit our favorite online travel sites (Expedia, Red Tag, Google Flights, etc.) or airline sites for travel deals and to make our own travel arrangements. I have learned about a better way–what others refer to as flight hacking–for finding deals and booking flights.
Most modern careers are enhanced with numerous multi-function communication devices. Mine was no different. Loaded with a BlackBerry, iPad, in-car wireless service, and computer, I had the ability to keep up to date with business news and communicate to anyone wherever cell reception would allow. I became extremely reliant on technology as I fed my “Fear of Missing Out” syndrome (FOMO – it’s a thing).
In sales and business development, image is important. The clothes we buy and wear are influenced by how we feel we need to present ourselves and there is a tendency to buy newer and fancier clothes to define our image. Having worked in this career for several years, I had amassed a significant inventory of bespoke suits, ties and dress shoes, doing my best to impress clients and meet image expectation.
We reached a couple of home-themed milestones last week–both positive, but each with quite different emotional impact.
I’m not very good at small talk, and getting to know new people is a challenge for me. I can manage, but I always feel a bit awkward. (Luckily, Ken is completely the opposite and can strike up an easy conversation with just about anybody.)
Life has a way of throwing pie in your face. Sometimes it stings, sometimes it introduces you to a yummy new taste to savor, and sometimes it does both.
At the beginning of October 2015, we were just beginning the 10-month planning stage of what was to be our triumphant leap out of the full-time workforce and into Phase Next when the unexpected happened. The high-tech company that I was working for announced another round of cost-cutting and my position was eliminated. Only a few weeks into planning and the factors have changed. Now what? Given the current economic climate in Alberta, and the fact that Ken works for a company heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry, it is highly possible that his job will be eliminated in the near future as well. Double now what?
See Our Story for what came before Now what?