We are retired people who love to travel. Our student days when we hitch-hiked through Europe with Frommers "Europe on $5 a Day" have long since gone. But we have discovered that there are other innovative ways of seeing the world on a limited budget which can be as interesting and rewarding. In this blog we want to share our experience and invite others to share their ideas for affordable travel.
We are experienced home exchangers.... at least we thought we were, until we experienced the unexpected: a heart attack in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It had been the end of a lovely day, just the two of us hiking and having a wonderful time. Toward the end of our hike, Johannes started to feel unwell with pressure building up in his chest, sweating and getting sick to his stomach. All the signs of a heart attack. What to do? Whom to call? How to call? We had not prepared for this eventuality: didn't know how and whom to call in an emergency. These details had not been discussed between us and our hosts before they left. The bottom line is that everything turned out all right thanks to the quick thinking of a wife and friendly helpful neighbours. But it could have turned out otherwise because we had not planned for this eventuality and have looked after the details as we should have.
Home exchanges are wonderful, but be prepared for the unexpected!