Exploring Ireland and Europe

As ass-end boomers, “mature travellers” and international housesitters we travel the world on a retirement budget, with the occasional splurge. We decided we wanted to make Ireland our home so we could explore all the possibilities of travel here and in Europe. Canada is an incredible country to grow up in but sadly not an affordable one and I know it sounds weird but Europe can be much less expensive, and of course, travel here is effortless and cheaper(none of those long flights from Canada).

Exploring Ireland and Europe/xyuandbeyond

International housesitting makes us sound like James Bond wannabees but it is a brilliant way to visit places you may never have been able to afford to, see historic sites, live in different cultures and enjoy some of the best food the world has to offer. 

We have been exploring Ireland, Northern Ireland, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, London along with Cyprus, Spain, France, Malta, Turkey, France and Italy. We hope to spend many more years exploring Europe at our leisure.

international housesitting, hubs and I plus our friends in Spain
That’s us in the middle

On XYUandBEYOND hubs and I explore the places we are privileged to live in. Having autoimmune issues and some mobility issues I’m not a hiker, camper or backpacker but I can send hubs up the mountain or legions of staircases to check out the views.

I have to add here that my issues are relatively mild compared to some travellers and it doesn’t stop me from doing anything I want to do. I’ve never been a hiker or camper so I don’t miss either of these. Check out our Web-Stories which are like little mini videos of some of our posts.

Exploring Ireland

We are lucky and have Irish passports even though we were raised in Canada and have found that an EU passport gives us access to many more places to experience slow travel. Being based in Ireland we have discovered the perfect place to both live and explore from.

Exploring Ireland - Spectacular Tullan Strand, one of Donegal's renowned surf beaches, framed by a scenic back drop provided by the Sligo-Leitrim Mountains. Wide flat sandy beach in County Donegal,

I like to keep my readers informed about issues of access and mobility for those that have walking concerns and to hopefully inspire you to head out on that longed-for journey.

It also drives me nuts when I read other travel articles and they don’t provide me with the information that I find useful. For example, when I travel I like to know the “how of it”. We recently took the ferry from Ireland to France to housesit but nowhere could I find the information on how it works, what to expect, or what the procedure was. So when I wrote the article I tried to explain all of that – what I consider critical information to make the trip easy and less anxiety-ridden.

exploring Europe

At the tail end of the baby boomer madness, we over 50’s, from Generation Jones are seeking ways to travel that won’t break the bank but allow us to enjoy travel in a meaningful way. Not only does this appeal to us older folks, but we are finding that many GenX and millennials are fascinated by the potential to explore the world and not camp or backpack.

I also contribute practical information and resources to promote an easy-going travel lifestyle. In short, I provide content geared for mature (that can be debatable sometimes), active (well given the ageing factor), and curious travellers.

Exploring Ireland and Europe/xyuandbeyond


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5 thoughts on “Exploring Ireland and Europe/xyuandbeyond”

  1. the result of having many different jobs in a lifetime and being a mentor to other small businesses through my local small business centre – I can wear many hats…lol…

  2. Hi Mary yes absolutely there are lots of single ladies housesitting. Check out my article on housesitting for Newbies you will see lots of resources there to check out. In particular join the FB groups about housesitting you will see lots of single women housesitting and you can get a feel for it. Many of the women I know will go for 2 or 3 weeks as a mini vacation if you like and they go by themselves.

  3. LOL sure you can say that I just took a look at their photos and its true (although Stuart wouldn’t take kindly to the comparison…lol) Thanks for the words of encouragement that just made my day. I just double checked that I was following you on all your channels as well love some of your posts have bookmarked the Coliseum one as we hope to get back there soon.

    1. Thanks Faith. The Colosseum is definitely a must do one day. Love your posts as always. I’ve just followed you on the rest of SM as well. Maybe someday we’ll run into each other in some corner of the globe. 😉

      1. That would be a treat – we shall have to keep in touch. I am off to Northern Ireland for 6 months at the end of October really looking forward to that. If you are there you must get in touch and we shall meet for coffee.

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