Mind the Mini – When Your Spa and the Sex Trade Intersect

Spas, Spas and More Spas We pre-booked a room at My Home Guest House down a little alley, in the backpacking district of Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival we banged our roller bags up some stairs, squeezing past the parked bicycle on one side and the bins of rice on the other, to the… Read more »

Alexis Paul & Pasitos de Luz – Volunteering while Traveling

Volunteering We were going to be in Puerto Vallarta on a house sit for over a month so I wanted to find a place to volunteer. I contacted several organizations but my only positive response came from Pasitos de Luz which translates roughly as “Passageway of Light”.  I learned from their website that “Pasitos de… Read more »

The Hand Off – International Pet Sitting

You cannily hide it for as long as humanly possible, but these are canines. We’ve experienced it too. Pets. Almost from the day you set that travel plan in motion, they just seem to know. You’re leaving. The new purchases from the travel store, gear check, hats, extra online time, that big smile on your face? What are… Read more »

2016 A Year of Travels and House Sits

  It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were in the Seychelles doing our second house sit (the first being September 2015 in the Tenderknob, SF). Our travels still seem unreal but we are still at it, and loving it. In the past year, we have learned: Friendly Vietnam Can be Chilly in Winter… Read more »

Murals and Arts in Mexico

  Theresa and I have always enjoyed our stays in Mexico, especially near the ocean on the Yucatan Coast. With recent house sits in Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende, as well as visits to Guanajuato and Mexico City (images above), we like Mexico more than ever. We’re continually astounded by the wide range of visual arts found in… Read more »

No Tell Motel

In Phnom Penh we made a waterfront bordello our base of operations for several days. Okay, it was more of a no-tell motel than a bordello – the transactions were made at the bars around the corner. It was a welcoming place, this hostel in the red light district, with red walls, pop music, a real… Read more »

A Touching Experience in Vientiane, Laos

We began settling into the rhythm of life along the Mekong by the end of the first week at our house sit in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. How could we not? There were several little makeshift restaurants right along the river, serving local food and really cold beers. We had the full use of a lovely modern… Read more »

Waxing and Whining in Hoi An

It seemed like a good idea.  It was cold, rainy and Têt, the Vietnamese New Year celebration when everyone heads home to spend time with family and EVERYTHING shuts down.  We planned to escape the bone chilling wet by going south to the island of Con Dao, so I wanted to get waxed in preparation for beaches, warm water… Read more »

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  • Mind the Mini – When Your Spa and the Sex Trade Intersect

    Spas, Spas and More Spas We pre-booked a room at My Home Guest House down a little alley, in the backpacking district of Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival we banged our roller bags up some stairs, squeezing past the parked bicycle on one side and the bins of rice on the other, to the… Read more »

  • Alexis Paul & Pasitos de Luz – Volunteering while Traveling

    Volunteering We were going to be in Puerto Vallarta on a house sit for over a month so I wanted to find a place to volunteer. I contacted several organizations but my only positive response came from Pasitos de Luz which translates roughly as “Passageway of Light”.  I learned from their website that “Pasitos de… Read more »

  • The Hand Off – International Pet Sitting

    You cannily hide it for as long as humanly possible, but these are canines. We’ve experienced it too. Pets. Almost from the day you set that travel plan in motion, they just seem to know. You’re leaving. The new purchases from the travel store, gear check, hats, extra online time, that big smile on your face? What are… Read more »