Care for pets and get free accommodation: pet-sitting opportunities

Here at thetimeofourlives HQ, we’re always on the lookout for vacation ideas that are a little out of the ordinary. And we’ve recently become intrigued by the opportunity for empty nesters of pet-sitting. So how does it work? There are lots of people out there who want (or need) to travel, but would prefer that … More Care for pets and get free accommodation: pet-sitting opportunities

Six hundred miles and Sri Lankan smiles: views from the back seat

The creases in Ranjith’s shirt sleeves were razor sharp. Two first-timers to Sri Lanka in the back, with a 600 mile wish list, and no pre-booked transport? This was a big day for him. At the wheel next to Ranjith: his friend Nandana. Sensing a flinch as we squeezed between two tuktuks and a trash … More Six hundred miles and Sri Lankan smiles: views from the back seat

World Travel Market: our first visit

From 6th-8th November 2017 at the ExCel in London, the World Travel Market will be taking place. 50,000 visitors from around the world will converge to understand the latest industry trends and do business. We’ll be going along and talking to a range of destinations about our plans for 2018. Our shortlist is: UK Northern … More World Travel Market: our first visit

Tears, but no fears, on my first time safari

There were men in ties in Tissamaharama. Ties, in the midday sun. The clear sign of brisker business than we’d spotted at the straggles of roadside stalls selling coconuts, watermelon and fairly fresh fish along our long and dusty route. My stomach churned a bit at the realisation that we were closing in on our … More Tears, but no fears, on my first time safari

Kelmscott Manor review: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

We’ve been determined to discover places in the UK this year that will appeal to empty nesters. So, with lots of options on our doorstep in the Cotswolds, we have started local. Kelmscott Manor is best known as the much loved retreat of William Morris, the notable designer and craftsman, often referred to as the … More Kelmscott Manor review: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

Perfect gifts for travellers

Got someone who loves travel in your life? Here are some of tips for travel-themed gifts, that won’t blow the budget. Taking note: know someone who’s planning a big trip? Our round the world adventure took nine months to plan … starting off with ideas jotted down in dedicated travel notebooks, a bit like this one: Destinations … More Perfect gifts for travellers

Review: Danubius Health Spa Resort – Esplanade, Piestany, Slovakia

Introduction: Time of year: January 2017 – minus five degrees during the day, with snow on the ground. Purpose of trip: Nigel had decided to partake in some ‘health tourism’ in Slovakia as he needed some heavy duty dental treatment. We thought that we’d make a break out of it, as there needed to be … More Review: Danubius Health Spa Resort – Esplanade, Piestany, Slovakia