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Click on any of these four ingredients to begin building your Sample This Life trip.

A Great Place to Stay!

 Experiences with Locals

 Best Ways of Getting Around

Lots of Extras, Lots of Support, No Herding, Hardly Any Schedules

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What’s the Cost?   What’s Included?

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$2799

per person, double occupancy

only $600 single supplement

Included in the package are:

  • A Great Place to Stay: Two weeks accommodation in an excellent apartment (pre-inspected by us)
  • Experiences with Locals:  Being  part of the rich social network  of locals is the secret ingredient that changes this from just travel to a life
    • Two meals with fellow participants and locals; a welcome and farewell dinner in a local restaurant well-reviewed and frequented by locals.
    • Two morning coffees with opportunities to meet  locals
    • Two excursions (of your choice) with locals.  Here’s an example.
  • A Way to Get Around: 2 days Car rental  (yes, just two days…we think the public transportation is excellent  and there are just a few places that you do really need a car.  Don’t worry, if you want a car the whole time we can arrange that as well. )
  • Lots of Extras, Lots of Support, No Herding:  We meet you at the airport, bring you to your apartment, give you an extensive orientation, help you get set up with a cellphone, and your local staff persons stays connected and offers ongoing support s for you to explore and sample this life your way.

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In some ways, we’re a package and in some ways, we’re the absolute opposite of a package.  We do put our services in a bundle, and we require a longer stay  — 2 weeks minimum and 3 weeks highly recommended.

So that is kind of package-y.

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But if a package means  “One size fits all.” we’re the opposite of a package.

 

 

 

 

You choose the people who interact with.  You choose your excursions.  You choose your apartment and you choose your schedule.  You design exactly the stay  — the life — you want.  Our secret ingredient: a rich connection to a variety of  locals who belong to this place, love it and will  enjoy helping you belong too!

                       

      The Difference

Sample a Life

Feel  you know this particular place. Almost like you lived here.

Stay Longer. Pack and unpack less.

Hang out with locals.

Meet local people who share your interests.

Treat yourself (like it’s a vacation but without the tourist bubble.)

Plenty of stuff to do; no rules on how you do it.

No herding, no schedules but lots o

f things you can do when you want to do it.

Do things you like, not what the guidebook says you “must-see.

Feel like you belong from Day 1.

Feel like you’ve got a posse from Day 1.

Forget you aren’t from here.

Never get ripped off because you’re a tourist.  You’re not.

Invite the local you met to have dinner at his favorite place to eat.

Buy a piece of local art from the person you painted with that day.

Just Travel

If it was Tuesday, that must have been Belgium.

Move everyday.  Pack and unpack a lot.

Hang out with nobody.  Feel out of the loop

Meet an occasional taxi driver

Eat in only restaurants; stay in only hotels.  Get tired of “treating yourself”

Stay with the group.  Suitcases outside your door at 7am.

Plenty of stuff to do; plenty of rules,schedules and herding.

Do things  the guidebook says you “must-see”. Often wonder why.

Start longing for home.

Feel lonely in crowds.

Never forget for a minute you aren’t from here.

Worry constantly: “Did I get ripped off because I’m  a tourist?”

Eat every meal with your fellow tourists.

Buy stuff in a souvenir shop you hate even before you buy it.

Delve into any of these topics…with a trusted local resident who can help you explore them.

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