We were harshly thrown into it when our spouses died. Whether it was cancer or a tragic accident, we had to find a new way of living when death came knocking at our door. We had to be brave then, and we will choose a new kind of bravery when our feet step onto foreign land having left our homes, families, friends, and jobs behind.
Jumping on the Airtrain to bring me to Howard Beach and the subway line, I ride the A train all the way to 59th and Columbus Circle. Stepping into the frenzied mid-town street, half blinded by the reflecting blaze of the afternoon sun on a glassy skyscraper I think if only happiness such as this could be bottled and bought. Out here, I sing, a fish can breathe.
It's when flying in a tiny aircraft, where the entire side of the plane seems like one elongated window, that you notice the landscape all around you: the sky, the forests, clouds and the sea. And on a clear sunny day, with no mist rising from the ocean surrounding the islands, it is possible to see for miles and miles in every direction.
The autumn months are when the British countryside is at its most beautiful, and traditional pleasures - cosy pub lunches, woodland walks and lazy afternoons by a fire with the papers and a pint - are at their most, well, pleasing.
In today's blog I'm going to cover a few points about housesitting. I'll address the questions I'm most commonly asked and provide some basic pointers and additional tips.
It was with this chant from my kids ringing in my ears that I take my place among nine other contestants at a chilli eating competition at a festival during the summer. Hundreds of chill enthusiasts stopped shopping for half an hour and joined the audience to watch us suffer.
Let's face it, in the UK Mexico hasn't got the best reputation. The news paints a picture of a country overrun with drugs cartels, violence, hurricanes and more. It's hardly surprising the average traveller in the UK still sticks to comfortable holidays in European or American resorts.
Almost two years ago now, I left that big mass of sun-scorched land down-under for the city which has now been ranked the world's most expensive to live and work in, according to a survey by global estate agents Savills.
Britain is full of vibrant beautiful bustling cities. Some are more famously so than others. I wanted to give you a run down of those that surprised me with their awesomeness...
Once upon a time, before graphic design and digital branding were a thing, chocolate boxes wore houses. Thatched ones; quaint ones; Georgian ones. In place of catchy slogans and garish letters, they were adorned with fairytale houses, the sort that everyone dreams of living in.
I'm in the Lake District for a few days... which often happens as a connoisseur of fine landscapes and excellent walking. But this trip is a little different. Sure, there have been a few walks, one of which I filmed, and I have caught up on my latest landscape viewing, but really I'm here now for a different purpose.
First up was an early morning visit to the Longues-sur-Mer gun battery. The battery is one of the most remarkably preserved sections of the Atlantic Wall, the extensive series of fortifications along France's coast that were created by Hitler to protect against seaborne invasion from England.
If you are spending more than a week in California, there's every chance you may be looking for a little stimulation that reaches beyond the bounds of Sunset Boulevard. So for anyone in Los Angeles who fancies drawing breath on the search for super stardom, here are a couple of spots to tickle a creative mind; Here's how to spend a day the Madame Allsorts way!
Habarana is close to many of Sri Lanka's ancient sites, including Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, so the Cinnamon Lodge makes the perfect base to explore the country's historic past.
I arrived in London on the Friday afternoon and caught up with one of Otto's dads. He filled me in on Otto's new routine, changes in Otto (Otto's got a bad eye, thanks to the mass of rumpled skin there. He's awaiting surgery). Otto's developed a new muscular physique. I can only presume he's been working out to impress the girl-dogs. He continues to look like a child's cartoon of a dog...
Whether you are a school-leaver, student or graduate, there are always opportunities out there. So, if you desire to get a real travel-job one day you need to get yourself out there and explore - there is a reason why they call you a travel-addict, right?