If you’ve been reading around here for a while, you know that back in 2012, after about six months of full-time travel, I made a commitment to live in beautiful spaces.
It all started because those first six months were very hit or miss as far as housing went. I stayed in the cheapest places I could find and sometimes they were wonderful (like the cheap Freiburg apartment I found overlooking the Black Forest) and other times they were less-than-ideal (like the guesthouse in Scotland, where I shared a bathroom with a crew of workmen with a pee-aiming issue).
So, after those six months of hit-or-miss, I adjusted my budget and started choosing places not based (entirely) on how much money they’d save me, but based on how comfortable they looked, how much sunshine they got, and how at home I thought I’d feel there.
Since then, I’ve been committed to finding beautiful spaces to live during my travels, with only the occasional mishap. And I must say that I was absolutely right back in 2012. Staying in a sunshiny, clean, beautiful apartment, B&B, or room makes a world of difference in my contentment, productivity, and general well-being.
Of course, last year I traveled very little and so stayed in very few beautiful spaces (though my long-term apartment was also pretty damn beautiful with its view of the imposing Jungfrau peak, even though my landlord turned out to be an asshole in the end). But this year, with a renewed passion for movement and change and a lot more travel plans on the horizon, I’m back to carefully choosing beautiful spaces for Luna and I to call our temporary home.
One of the first places of the year? An old stone farmhouse on Gozo, where I rented a small, warm room and shared the lofty house with a kind, semi-retired expat named Peter.
The room was small and simple and lovely, with old stone walls and an electric blanket for the cool winter nights and pretty African-inspired furnishings.
The house was equally as lovely—all exposed stone and sunshine and the smell of fresh thyme hanging in the kitchen.
I was sick for almost my entire stay, so I didn’t get much chance to take advantage of the fresh breakfasts Peter offered. But I can tell you that the house is beautiful, the location is just a short walk away from the prettiest coastal walking paths on Gozo, and the host is incredibly kind. He’s the one who drove me back and forth to the hospital and helped me arrange for someone to watch Luna in case I had to stay at the hospital overnight.
And so while the trip itself was hard on me, this year’s beautiful spaces are at least off to a good start. Because you really can’t beat living in an old stone farmhouse on a hill overlooking Gozo just steps from the cliffs.
You’ll find the farmhouse rooms listed on Airbnb. I stayed in the cozy cave and the larger upstairs room is also available. (Plus, the owner also rents out his yacht, which sounds like an interesting adventure.)
If you’re joining Airbnb for the first time, would you use this link? You and I both get a credit if you do.
Planning a trip to Europe? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here.