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5 Amazing Advent Calendars For A Happy Christmas!

5 Amazing Advent Calendars For A Happy Christmas!

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If you're thinking that it's too early to start thinking about Christmas, then you're right. It's 82 days from today, but who's counting?! One of our favourite things about Christmas is getting a lovely advent calendar. Traditionally, we go for the chocolate kind and it's always Cadbury's (other chocolate brands are available). Have you noticed the growing trend in 'alternative' advent calendars? Have you received one? Was it any good? FOR FILM LOVERS Here are 5 of the best that we've noticed so far. What's the first film you think of when it comes to Christmas? Home Alone? Elf? Die Hard? Well for all the Die Hard fans out there, you'll be pleased to know that someone has invented a Die Hard advent calendar! Available on Etsy, this version is…
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Our shortest campervan trip to France

Our shortest campervan trip to France

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We made a last minute decision to spend a week in France in the campervan...would we get stuck in traffic and miss our ferry? Would we eat our bodyweight in baguettes and croissants? We never travel in August, ever. Why? Because the cost of travel is insane and the traffic is well known for being ridiculous. But, in an attempt to spread out our annual leave, we ended up booking a couple of weeks off in August with no real plan of how to use it. As the time got closer, the weather wasn't looking great for a break in the UK so we booked to go to France. Going on the Eurotunnel would mean selling a couple of kidneys, so we booked the ferry from Dover to Calais instead.…
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EP11 | Linda Wilmott | Independent Hostel Owner

EP11 | Linda Wilmott | Independent Hostel Owner

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When the opportunity came for Linda Wilmott to leave her well established career in the civil service, she jumped at the chance. Her organisation were offering Voluntary Exit packages, and having got to a point of high stress and dissatisfaction with her job, she knew it was time for a BIG change. At the age of 47 she left the security of a career with nothing else to go to. Linda applied for a voluntary role with Stirling Youth Hostel for six weeks, and in that time, she was inspired to try something new. She was already a keen hiker and loved the outdoor life. So after speaking with her partner and sister, she decided that buying a Youth Hostel would be her next step.  With no experience of hospitality…
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EP10 | Kelly Hayes-Raitt | International Pet Sitter

EP10 | Kelly Hayes-Raitt | International Pet Sitter

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Kelly Hayes-Raitt admits that she sleeps around (usually with pets!) as a full-time international pet sitter. Fifteen years ago, after a 30-year career as a political activist promoting social and environmental justice, Kelly ran for public office and got her butt kicked. She decided to take a sabbatical from politics and ended up in the Middle East working with refugees. She’s housesat throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.  She’s visited more than 70 countries, including pre- and post-U.S. invasion Iraq, from where she reported. She's written several essays about her trips to the Middle East that have been published in a variety of anthologies, literary journals and newspapers. She's also written the definitive book about housesitting called How to Become a Housesitter: Insider Tips from the HouseSit Diva, available in soft cover or Kindle on Amazon or as an ebook from her web site www.HouseSitDiva.com. Besides…
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7 delicious foods that we miss from Malta

7 delicious foods that we miss from Malta

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Malta - a little island with a big heart nestled in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by bright blue, crystal clear water. It was a place we called home for a couple of years and whilst we were there we fell in love with the food (and drink). We're hoping to get back there for a short visit this year so we can visit family and friends. But we also can't wait to eat our way around the island again! Here are 7 foods that we miss, in no particular order. Frawli (Strawberries) Let's start with something healthy as our list gets more high calorie from now on. Okay so you can get strawberries from anywhere, and at any time. But believe us, nothing compares to fresh Maltese…
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EP9 | Louise Dumayne | Living in the Yukon Wilderness

EP9 | Louise Dumayne | Living in the Yukon Wilderness

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Louise Dumayne lived in London and worked as an actor all her professional life. In 2012, aged 42, she made the life-changing decision to fulfil a childhood dream of moving to the Alaskan Wilderness. She now lives with her husband in the Canadian Yukon at their extremely remote, off-road, off-grid log cabin. In 2017, they featured in the Channel 4 series “Escape to the Wild”. Her short story, The Bear, was published in Words and Women IV (Unthank Books) and she’s currently working on a novel based in The Yukon. You can follow Louise's Yukon adventures here: Instagram: https://instagram.com/yukonbushlife Blog: http://yukonbushlife.blogspot.com ....... If you are enjoying our podcast and would like to support our work then you can buy us a coffee! Head over to the following site and check out…
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EP8 | Siobhan Daniels | Fulltime Vanlife UK

EP8 | Siobhan Daniels | Fulltime Vanlife UK

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In this episode we speak with Siobhan Daniels who has retired from her role in the BBC to travel the UK in a motorhome. Having sold her flat and most of her possessions, she bought a motorhome with no previous experience of vanlife. Siobhan talks passionately about using her retirement at the age of 61 years young to challenge ageism and ageist stereotypes. She also discusses her round the world backpacking trip at the age of 50 after taking a break from work. Siobhan can be found on social media here: Twitter - https://twitter.com/SiobhanDaniels Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/shuvonshuvoff/ TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@siobhandaniels6 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/siobhan-daniels-5a46a91b8 Blog - https://shuvonshuvoff.blogspot.com If you like what we’re doing with our podcast then feel free to buy us a coffee using the button below: This episode is also available on your favourite…
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EP7 | Natalie & Amanda | Fulltime Vanlife Australia

EP7 | Natalie & Amanda | Fulltime Vanlife Australia

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In this episode we speak with Natalie (from Australia) and Amanda (from Brazil) who are travelling full time together in a converted bus. The couple have been travelling around Australia, earning a living on the road through the sale of various online products. They share how they got into vanlife, their favourite places that they've visited and share the best and worse things about living this way. Follow Natalie & Amanda's vanlife adventures on Instagram You can also check out their ebooks and other social links here If you like what we're doing with our podcast then feel free to buy us a coffee using the button below: This episode is also available on your favourite music app: Spotify | iTunes | Stitcher | Amazon Music | Podcast Republic | Podchaser | Google Podcasts  Powered by RedCircle
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Our 7-day ultimate Vegan challenge

Our 7-day ultimate Vegan challenge

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On Tuesday 20th April 2021, we decided to challenge ourselves to eat only vegan food for seven days. How did we get on? Read more... WHY? For some time now we've both been moaning about our diet but haven't done anything about it. We've become conscious that if Ollie is going to eat healthily then we need to do the same. In the spirit of 'go big or go home', we decided to go head first into being vegan. No dairy and no meat for a whole seven days! HOW? This wasn't something we went into without any planning. Before committing to the challenge we did a bit of research on vegan recipes. The BBC Good Food website was a fantastic resource and helped us to narrow things down to…
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