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HouseSitting in Australia: Big Adventures on a Tiny Budget Paperback – December 29, 2011
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Nikki has written not only an inspiring book about how to transform your life, but also a practical and information rich guide to house sitting. This is a must read for anyone searching for a bit of adventure in their lives and who would like to try house sitting as a way to travel on a budget.
Kylie - AussieHouseSitters.com.au
From the Author
This is not just a story about my travels and adventures, but also the story of how I got to where I am today. This is a story of hope and maybe just a little courage.
When times were tough, I looked ahead and set goals and went with what was in my heart. It worked for me. It is also about housesitting.
Many people have asked me how I got into housesitting. Others want to know if it could work for them. Maybe it could. Housesitting gave me a lifestyle that many people dream of, and I didn't need to be rich to get it.
This year I have learned so much about myself and about what makes me happy. I learned about love, and life, and about making your own fun. This is my story and I hope it might inspire you so try something new for yourself. It might be housesitting, or it might be hang gliding. It could be writing your own story or maybe running a marathon.
If my story helps at least one person begin a life of passion and adventure then I will be happy.
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I found the author's voice to be judgmental. She sounded like Goldilocks, this house was too nice, this house was too small,
this house was too boring. Her frequent references to not having any money became tiresome,, but just went you
thought she was going to figure it out, she was rescued by the mysterious Phil who owns a yacht and works in a mine.
There are parts of the book that are helpful if you are interested in house sitting, but her overall writing style was disjointed and difficult to follow.
As someone who loves and understands dogs and has done my share of dog sitting, her comments regarding her charges
left me wondering why she even wanted to house sit for dogs. She jumped between calling herself an adventurer and
then "just a grandmother". As a kayaking, biking, hiking, equestrian, yoga grandmother I found her comments about being a
grandmother a bit insulting. It appears that other folks have given this book high marks, sorry I cannot be one of them.
And had I known the book would detail the author's situation leading into her house sitting foray I'd probably have been scared off. People documenting their salvation is definitely not my thing. Who wants to read, read and read about someone going off to bed, feeling god's presence and waking to discover they can play the guitar, or whatever.
Back to house sitting: I found Nikki Ah Wong's book joyfully fascinating. The author is such a skilful writer with a wonderful sense of timings that she makes the seemingly mundane rather grand.
So now I know a lot about Nikki's motivation plus heaps about what house sitters do and what house sitters get lumbered into. But none of that is very important because this book is quite a surprise it's an interesting story read. It's a great entertainment; a fondness for those who know economical travel and a step up point for anyone desiring to travel on a budget. Five stars.