Double Barrelled Travel
  • A zoo leading the way – Amaru Zoo in Cuenca, Ecuador

    I don’t like zoos. Animals aren’t meant to be locked up in cages for humans to stare at them. It’s not natural. Animals belong in the wild. Because of these beliefs, there was no way I was going to visit the zoo in Cuenca. No way. In my mind, a first world zoo is one [...]

  • Tips for creating a successful house sitting profile

    When people we meet on the road find out we’re living somewhere for ‘free’ through house sitting, their immediate question is, “How does it work?” After explaining that we get to live in a local’s home while they are away on vacation, in return for looking after their house and their pets, their next question [...]

  • 4 amazing dive sites in Dominica

    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, at 31 years of age I’ve learned to ski, back country hike, fly-fish and scuba dive – all in the space of a year. I’m not going to say I’m particularly good at any of them yet. I fell over a lot on the [...]

  • 5 tips for exploring the Amazon jungle

    I remember when I was 15 and living in France, my host sister went on holiday to the Brazilian Amazon jungle. I was amazed. Weren’t there anacondas living there that could suffocate you in your sleep? Wasn’t the jungle overrun with pumas that could attack you as you walked by? Weren’t there remote tribes that [...]

  • Why the tragedy of Flight MH17 isn’t going to stop me from flying with Malaysia Airlines

    The past few days we’ve been waking up to bad news, again and again. On Thursday we found out Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpar had been shot down over Ukraine. My immediate worry was for my friends living in Amsterdam – I really hoped they hadn’t been flying back to [...]

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Tips for creating a successful house sitting profile

Tips for creating a successful house sitting profile

When people we meet on the road find out we’re living somewhere for ‘free’ through house sitting, their immediate question is, “How does it work?” After explaining that we get to live in a local’s home while they are away on vacation, in return for looking after their house and their pets, their next question [...]

4 amazing dive sites in Dominica  

4 amazing dive sites in Dominica

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, at 31 years of age I’ve learned to ski, back country hike, fly-fish and scuba dive – all in the space of a year. I’m not going to say I’m particularly good at any of them yet. I fell over a lot on the [...]

5 tips for exploring the Amazon jungle  

5 tips for exploring the Amazon jungle

I remember when I was 15 and living in France, my host sister went on holiday to the Brazilian Amazon jungle. I was amazed. Weren’t there anacondas living there that could suffocate you in your sleep? Wasn’t the jungle overrun with pumas that could attack you as you walked by? Weren’t there remote tribes that [...]

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