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Lynne Martin
Home Sweet Anywhere was a best seller its first day on the market and is enjoying continued success in bookstores worldwide. Californians Lynne and Tim Martin sold their house, ditched most of their belongings, and narrowed down their essentials into two suitcases. They took off to live internationally without a home base. They have lived in nine countries in the past three years. Lynne’s blog, Home Free Adventures, became popular after her article appeared in The Wall Street Journal in 2012. They have lived in nine countries in the past three years and are currently living in Paris.

Entries by Lynne Martin

Reasons To Love Paris In August!

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 8:24 AM

When we announced that we would spend June through August in Paris this year I could see dismay in our friends' eyes. Even though most were too polite to say anything, I knew they were thinking, "Oh, my God, August in Paris? Really? It's going to be jungle hot with...

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Love in a 32-Inch Suitcase

(11) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 2:56 PM

My head snapped around when I heard my husband Tim say, "If you're going to live in a 500 square foot apartment in a country where you can't speak the language, you'd better really like the person you're with." The woman seated next to him at the dinner party giggled.

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20 Vacation Rental Homes In Three Years

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 12:32 AM

Imagine learning to cook in 20 different kitchens, operate 20 different washing machines and TVs, find the 20 best bus stops, subway stations, ferries or taxi stands, all without speaking the native language!

Those challenges have been part of our daily life for three years. We sold our California house...

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Pack a Spice Rack in Your Suitcase!

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 7:05 PM

The first few minutes after we enter a vacation rental unit we are usually happy, finding unexpected qualities that delight us. "Oh, Tim, look, I had no idea the ceilings were so tall, and check out the lovely view over the tile rooftops," I might chime as he points out...

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The Check-In List: Don't Leave Home Without It!

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Both my husband and I were early adopters of vacation rentals, but in the seventies and eighties when we began renting places at the beach or mountains to celebrate holidays and other events with big groups of friends and family, rentals were arranged with local real estate companies. We never...

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Five Rules For Choosing A Vacation Rental

(8) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:24 AM

All furnished rentals are NOT created equal. I say this with authority because my husband and I have been living internationally in other people's rented spaces for almost three years; from Portugal to Turkey, from Paris to Morocco, in Mexico, Berlin, London, Italy, Ireland, California, and Buenos Aires.


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Waterloo, Up Close and Personal

(7) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 2:17 PM


"Would you look at that?" my husband whispered as we stood under the electronic sign listing regional train departures from London's Waterloo station last Sunday evening. He inclined his head slightly toward a stocky young woman wearing thigh-high black studded boots. She had chosen...

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How We Downsized 2,000 Sq. Ft. Into Two Rolling Duffles To See The World

(15) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 6:33 AM


Becoming home free is a lot like mature people starting a new marriage. It boils down to what we do with your junk and my THINGS. The minute we decided to disengage ourselves from most of our house and possessions so...

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Repositioning Cruises - A Travel Bargain for Retirees

(7) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:01 PM

My husband Tim and I discovered repositioning cruises when we "un-nested" in 2011. We sold our California house, flew the coop, and we have been living abroad ever since, staying in different countries for at least a month at a time, sometimes longer. We rent apartments and houses and love...

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How We Became International Senior Gypsies In Retirement

(49) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 7:13 AM

Our children gasped and our friends were speechless when we sold our beautiful California house along with most of the furniture, put our treasures in storage, and set out to live internationally without a home base. At 72 and 67, we have been home free for two-and-a-half years, lived in...

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