I’m starting to settle into a lovely routine here in Grenada; going for early-ish morning walks (this picture having been taken from one such walk to the neighbouring cove – a totally secluded beach), getting into a little yoga routine, then spending mornings sipping awesome Vietnamese coffee and working on my laptop.
Afternoons I’ll do anything from curling up with a great book (reading: what a novelty for me!), to hopping in the car and exploring the island. The bugs (which you’ll read about in a future post) get really bad at sunset, so I’m usually inside shortly after 5pm, cooking a lovely meal with fresh topical ingredients, then settling in to watch a movie or some tv shows on my laptop, capping of the night with a few more pages from my book.
A few nights a week, I might also head out for happy hour drinks at a scenic marina with a friend, or enjoy some “liming” around a barbecue. (Don’t know what “liming” is? Stay tuned. You will).
All in all, it’s a charmed life! Dengue fever and other buggy issues aside, I feel like I’ve stumbled onto one of the best house-sitting gigs I’ve ever had.
Here are my latest words of wisdom, including a profile interview I did for a very interesting e-book that has given (even) me a few ideas for how to travel creatively and inexpensively.
In your new excitement to live frugally, it’s important to avoid the pitfalls that might end up costing you more money in the end.
This article was (poetically) written during my stint on the Trans-Manchurian train, almost a year after my Australian train adventures – which ultimately inspired my involvement in the Ultimate Train Challenge.
Taking the train through Australia is an idyllic way to experience the vast countryside, watch the changing (and at times the monotony of unchanging) scenery, while enjoying views of the flora and fauna that reside only in this bizarre country of extremes. Fortunately, there are options for people of many backgrounds and budgets who make use of Australia’s rail system to experience these world-class multi-day rail journeys. Read on to find out more!
Why do good things happen to people with sunny dispositions (alternately, bad luck plagues those already under the weather)? This may not be a coincidence.
What if by playing a simple game for three weeks you could literally attract money into your life? Would you try it? Introducing: The Prosperity Game.
Profiles & Shout-Outs
Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes wrote an e-book called The Cubicle Escape Plan, which interviews a number of people who have escaped the cubicle to travel and live in creative ways. Not all of the profiles involve traveling either; different ways to escape the cubicle and make a living without leaving home include doing movie extra work, and even donating eggs. More travel-centric creative ways to escape the cubicle include volunteering (anything from Peace Corps to WWOOFing to House-sitting) to earning money (working as an au-pair or doing harvesting/planting jobs or working on cruise ships), and beyond. This book includes lots of interviews with interesting people living and traveling in creative ways that even I hadn’t considered (but will now)! I was interviewed for my experience with House-sitting. Check out the book if you’re looking for some refreshing ideas of new things to shake up your life and cubicle-bound routine!
Lastly, Women’s Adventure Magazine interviewed me about traveling solo as a woman, discussing matters etherial like the feeling of empowerment women get from traveling on their own, to matters practical like covering all your bases in the event of an emergency. You can see the article on page 20 and 21 of the Winter 2011/2012 issue, below.
Women’s Adventure Magazine, Winter 2011/2012