Name: Sarah V.
Lodging:Aegean Wildlife Hospital, Paros, GreeceDescription: In 2006, I had just finished teaching ESL in Taiwan and scraped together enough money to buy a world ticket. The price of the ticket alone ate up most of my savings, so I found myself getting creative with my lodging options in Europe. I found out about the Aegean Wildlife Hospital through volunteerabroad.com. In exchange for a few hours of filling water bowls and distributing food to recovering wildlife, I got my own room at the hospital's farmhouse....I'd wake to every morning at 5 am to the sounds of our resident chickens, peacocks and Leonides, the blind donkey. After bringing them breakfast, I'd take off on my scooter to explore the beaches, poke around the mazes of back streets in the neighboring towns or drink cold ouzo with the cute Greek waiters. I couldn't help feeling a bit smug about my free lodging when I saw the room prices at the posh sea-side hotels. True, I had to make my own bed and do my own laundry ... but did these other travels
have a peacock for an alarm clock?
Welcome to Our Escapes Month at Apartment Therapy!
Join us by sending in your own pictures or links to your favorite summer escapes. In return, if we post your photo, we'll send you the Apartment Therapy t-shirt of your choice (take a look here). Whether it's a summer place, a roof deck, a lake house, a hotel, a tent or a B&B in a foreign country, we're looking to share the touches, tips and inspiration that are brought home. Share the wealth.