The Island of Crete: Breathtaking beauty, ancient architecture, world-class history and culture, the Mediterranean, fabulous food, and the birthplace of Zeus, King of the Gods!
Greece has been on my mind for a long time, but I was never sure how southern Europe was going to fit my itinerary.
Now that an opportunity arose that I can't pass up, I'm going to make it fit.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a notice online from a couple needing someone to look after their vacation villa on the island of Crete, which includes two dogs and a cat, for 11 weeks.
I figured it was a long shot, but I responded and introduced myself. We chatted online a few times, settled on the terms, and voila! Next Tuesday I'm boarding a flight to Crete.
All aforementioned plans have been put on the travel shelf.
It's not your typical house-sitting deal because I'm paying rent. But the cost is within my budget-travel range and at a steep discount from the usual price for a place like this.
Check out the web site for Yes Crete Retreat.
It's a beautiful property, and the animals and I will be the only ones there the entire time, an ideal situation for the writing I want to do and for exploring a place I've always wanted to visit.
Did I mention there's dogs?!!!
I'm really excited about this! Will keep you posted.
Quotes For A Good Life On The Road
"Smile a lot, talk to strangers, accept all invitations, eat everything offered.”
-- Sage advice from Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad, an inspiring story of how a dramatic change of life led to her travels around the world, one of the first books I read on my journey. Now see my complete collection of travel quotes online by clicking "Quotes For The Road" under "More" in the menu above.
Solas "Best Travel Writing" Awards
Saysha: What Happened?
13th Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing
(Read it here)
More About Me?
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow, solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 19 countries on four continents and right now I'm enjoying life on the Island of Crete, Greece.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and prolific author James Ritchie about our meeting in Kuching, titled, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
Also online ...
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