Pet Sitting Internationally

Pet Sitting Internationally

Pet Sitting Internationally

Amazingly nine months have passed since we started out on our epic life changing adventure. To say the time has passed quickly would be an understatement. In those nine months we have seen some awe inspiring sights, made incredible new friends and bonded with fantastic animals. Pet sitting internationally was just a dream this time last year. However, one year on, it is our normal way of life and God willing, will be for the foreseeable future. Pet sitting internationally has opened our eyes to how life can be different from what most people consider normal. Now, I know this lifestyle isn’t for everyone and to be honest most people probably think we are crazy. But, having experienced it and seeing how our values of what truly matters have changed we wonder why we didn’t do it earlier. Could you see yourself doing this?

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To demonstrate what we have accomplished while pet sitting internationally, I thought I would give you a quick overview. As of 19th of May 2019 we arrive back in Brisbane. Having been gone for 267 days this is a list of interesting numbers

  • 13 House Sits totalling 161 days
  • Stayed at 4 places of Family members or friends totalling 39 days
  • 64 days of paid accommodation
  • 14 plane flights 3 of which were overnight
  • Hired 4 cars totalling 69 days
  • Taken 25 train trips
  • 36 buses
  • 16 shuttle buses
  • 4 ubers/grabs
  • House sat in 3 continents but 5 countries
  • Visited 8 countries
  • Travelled to/through 17 US states
  • Driven well over 12000 kilometres
  • Flown 45500 kilometres

This is just a few of the statistics, it’s pretty amazing looking back. We have yet to calculate the dollars we have spent but we will do that in the coming weeks.

How Can We Afford To Travel On A Tight Budget

Due to the fact that we are pet sitting internationally it will be a lot less than you would expect if you were to holiday for nine months. Having decided pet sitting internationally was our new life we sold everything. Hence the only monthly bill we have is our mobile phone, which is pretty cool. Carolyn works remotely which is our main source of income, and I am building our website, which is bringing in small amounts of money from affiliate marketing. My other focus is on to get our website to rank well on google. As they say content is king, thus content is my main goal currently. Therefore, I would love some travel stories from friends and family that I can post on Travel is Sweet. So, hit me with your interesting stories and submit at “Become a Contributor”.

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All our affiliate links can be seen on our main page at Travel is Sweet. It would be wonderful if you need any of those services if you could use our links, as the companies pay us a small commission, but it doesn’t cost you anything, to use our links. The main link that I feel would be useful for most travellers is our affiliation with Booking.com (click this link to go to our affiliate page with them). It is a great site for booking your hotel accommodation. We have been using them for years for great deals and savings. Also, we have an affiliation for those that may like to earn extra money teaching English from home. Click on this link for more information about how to begin. All my photos on our site are for sale. If you wish to purchase any please contact me.

Patience is a Virtue

As you can see it takes a while to start earning money from a blog but we are slowly getting there. Pet sitting internationally, is our new lifestyle and we are loving it. Thus, this gives me the time to work on our blog and bringing to life new projects. Please stay tuned, as they will be coming in the near future.

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So as our first year of pet sitting internationally comes to an end, we begin to focus, plan and book our next 12 months.

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Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

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Find Your Flights

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Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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My Photos Published in Street Machine

My Photos Published in Street Machine

My Published Photos

I love to take photographs of a wide variety of subjects, but I had never taken pictures of cars. Thus, this was a steep and quick learning curve as the shoot took place at dusk. Due to the light fading quickly, time was of the essence and each shot was quickly setup and captured. Hence, it is such a great feeling to see my published photos in “Street Magazine” January 2019. To have a look at the article please click on the following link Street Magazine.

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Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
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Bacon and Shrimp Pasta

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta

Sometimes it can be difficult to find different things to cook while you are travelling. You don’t always have all the right ingredients, and you can’t carry too much, due to excess luggage fees, and sometime you can’t find what you can at home. So it is really nice to find a dish that is simple, with not too many ingredients, that was super tasty. I found the recipe Bacon and Shrimp Pasta from “Delish”, click here to go to page.

I did have to make a few adjustments, so my picture looks a little different to the real thing, but it tasted amazing, and I would make it either way.

Here is what I did different

I bought cooked prawns, so when they went in, I didn’t wait long to put in the other ingredients, as the prawns were already pink 😊. I accidentally bought canned chopped tomatoes, instead of fresh. So I just drained them really well, and gave the juice to the dog (after checking with the owners of course), then I put the chopped tomatoes in, in place of the fresh ones. I always carry a few spices with me, so don’t use fresh garlic (unless the homeowner has stated I can use theirs), when travelling, I used garlic powder to taste.

I couldn’t find baby spinach, so used frozen peas instead. (I’m not a fan of wilted spinach, so if I did buy it, I would have just tossed it through at the end and not wilted it. No crushed red pepper flakes, just used chilli powder. My cheese was a mix of mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar, hence it being a little thicker. I bought it in a packet that way, much easier to sue for other dishes and no waste, while travelling. My spaghetti wasn’t angel hair, I just bought the thinnest and cheapest I could find, and it was very good. I garnished with grated parmesan, as I don’t carry stuff like garnish when travelling. Below is a picture of my Bacon and Shrimp Pasta.

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It tasted very similar to my favourite dish at the Cheesecake Factory, Bistro Shrimp Pasta.

So very simple changes, and it still tasted great. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Andrew & Carolyn

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Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
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Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

If you are on a budget, or don’t have a lot of ingredients, and you want a quick home-made treat, try this recipe.

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Ingredients

Makes: 12 cupcakes

  • 125g caster sugar
  • 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • 50ml lemonade or mineral water (or extra milk)
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1 pinch salt

Method

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:40min

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper cases.
  2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined. Add milk water and stir. Gradually add flour while stirring, and a pinch of salt. You will then need to use the mixer on low to get out any lumps, and check that it is the right consistency for pouring, if not add more liquid. Spoon mixture into prepared tin.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  4. Cool in tin for 5 minutes, then cool fully on a wire rack before icing with your favourite icing recipe.

Additions

Make your very own flavour combinations with any of these additions:

  • Stir in any of the following with the milk: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; 1 teaspoon almond extract; 1 tablespoon lemon, orange or lime zest.
  • Add any of the following in with the flour: 150g chocolate chips; 125g chopped nuts, such as walnuts or hazelnuts; 125g dried fruit, such as sultanas, cranberries or currants; 75g desiccated coconut; 100g chopped glace cherries.
  • To make a spice cake, mix in the following with the flour: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
  • For a chocolate cupcake, replace 1 1/2 tablespoons of the flour with unsweetened cocoa powder. Add 150g chocolate chips for a double chocolate version.

Icing

¾ cup of icing sugar
1 to 3 tablespoons of butter (depending on taste)
Enough milk for the icing consistency you desire
Pour icing sugar into a bowl and mix with the butter, and add milk gradually, until desired consistency for icing.

Cupcake 1

 

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Andrew & Carolyn

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Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
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Andrew Being Artistic

Andrew Being Artistic

Andrew Being Artistic

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Andrew being artistic on a shot he took on the Georgetown Loop Train. What do you think?

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Home » Carolyns Corner

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
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Andrew and Graham

Andrew and Graham

Andrew and Graham

At our first ever house sit we had 2 cats, Graham and Brian. Well this one day he wanted nothing to do with me and was following Andrew everywhere until he got a scratch. So here is Andrew and Graham having a some time together. When Graham wanted a scratch you knew it.

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Take care

Andrew & Carolyn

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Home » Carolyns Corner

Travel Tips

Find Your Flights

Skyscanner is a great tool for searching websites and airlines around the world to make sure you get the best available price possible.

Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

All images, photographs, and prints are exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without written permission of the photographer.
Disclosure: "Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission."

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