A must for all travelers and adventurers is a trip to the Earth’s southern most continent, Antarctica. The allure of Antarctica doesn’t stop at the mammoth icebergs, as it has a crystal angelic beauty about it that draws upon the curious-hearted. And even though it’s the coldest and harshest environment on the face of the earth, it has plenty of interesting living creatures. It’s possible to find penguins, seals, whales, and a whole world of bizarre sea creatures in the Southern Ocean. 98% of Antarctica is covered on average by an ice thickness of one mile, but from what I’ve heard from travelers who have ventured south is that the beauty is second to none.
(Photo by Jorge Royan, edited)
A gloomy fog had ascended from the north as I drove from the south, along highway 61. The morning started as a clear, beautiful October day in Duluth, with the passing of seasons visible upon every tree. The night was chilly and the day was tolerable, but “there’s certainly nothing else like Fall in Minnesota,” I found myself believing.
I had been living in Saint Paul, three hours south of here, and I had to leave. I needed to escape the monotony. I’m not one for staying put in places for too long and I had overstayed my welcome. Freedom along the open road is a thing that is often overlooked by many disconcerted hearts. Driving toward no particular destination and only your thoughts to keep you company is relaxing to the tempestuous and seemingly engulfing swirl of everyday life.
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What’s cheaper than bunking down for the night in a youth hostel? While hostels can be pretty inexpensive, if you don’t relish the idea of washing your socks out in the bathroom sink or maybe even sharing the bathroom with strangers to save a dime, you might want to take a serious look at another pretty enticing way to travel cheaply. Yes, even cheaper than a hostel. What am I talking about? I am referring to house sitting, an under-appreciated way of living well on less.
I started house sitting my way around the world about eight years ago and haven’t looked back. My international house-sitting business has enabled me to live in some fine homes while enjoying the amenities that these homes have to offer, for free. That’s right! It didn’t cost me one cent to live atop a 1700 ft. cliff on the tiny Caribbean isle of Saba. I lounged in the pool, enjoying a view of all of the islands of the Dutch Antilles from this spectacular vantage point. No out-of-pocket expenses required to live on a 57-foot boat in Baja California either. A cozy cottage on the English Channel was my home for a month and a half as I exchanged my services for the owner’s amenities with a smile on my face. It’s a tough life, but someone has to do it.
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