Goldilocks in Český Krumlov

We recently visited Český Krumlov in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It is, without doubt, a beautiful place, packed with history and culturally significant – it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status back in 1992. To give you an idea of that significance, it’s the same status awarded to the Tower of London … … More Goldilocks in Český Krumlov

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