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

Train travel in Sri Lanka: 10 top tips to keep you on track

After two long train journeys in Sri Lanka, we learnt a lot. Here are our top 10 tips: Plan ahead Many of the longer distance trains have reserved carriages set aside in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class sections, which will guarantee you a seat. Some go on sale a month in advance, but go fast. … More Train travel in Sri Lanka: 10 top tips to keep you on track

How much will medical expenses abroad set you back?

We’re fortunate enough in the UK to be treated to medical care which provides us with free coverage the whole year round. The NHS has proven a godsend for British citizens – but as a result we’ve become somewhat spoilt when it comes to our wellbeing. The same privileges will not be extended overseas. Today, … More How much will medical expenses abroad set you back?

Medical tourism in Slovakia: a personal experience

I’ve always had small teeth. But in the 40-odd years that I’ve had my adult teeth, I’ve managed to wear them out a bit. Well. Quite a bit. And my dentist referred me to a restorative dentist in 2011. After much examination and photography, I was presented with a report (and a £150 bill) which … More Medical tourism in Slovakia: a personal experience

10 surprising facts about New Zealand

We’ve absolutely loved New Zealand and we’ve learnt a lot too. Here are 10 things that we didn’t know about the country until we travelled here. 1-In spring on the west coast of the south island, people go mad for whitebait. When we stayed in the tiny village of Haast, the owner of our accommodation … More 10 surprising facts about New Zealand

Top ten surprises from our first five days

There has been so much to take in over our first five days. But some things have come as a surprise. Here’s our rundown .. 1) Airline food can be OK. Nice teryaki chicken on Virgin Atlantic Heathrow to Chicago. 2) Kamloops–the landscape either side of Kamloops on the route on the Rocky Mountaineer was … More Top ten surprises from our first five days

A last minute peek at our whistlestop itinerary

So. Everything is planned and ready. Our biggest empty nest travel adventure is about to begin. All of those places that we’ve dreamed of visiting are now in reach and we can’t wait! Here is our itinerary for you to keep track of where we are over the next 57 days: 12 Sept – Depart … More A last minute peek at our whistlestop itinerary