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Finally a sabbatical – A TIME-OUT! – and you can afford it

You have enough of your nine-to-five-Job, every day the same. You need a break – a TIME-OUT! – to recharge your batteries and to sort out yourself. You dream of traveling, exploring the world, without a time-limit of a couple of weeks. But you don’t know, if you can afford it.

YOU CAN DO IT! Read this article to learn how.

How are we able to travel the world for five years continuously? We must be very rich!

That’s what we hear from many people who long for a time out of their daily routine and want to explore the world like we do. But it’s not that we swim in money and can spend indefinite luxury vacations. We found a way to live and travel with very little money. That’s the whole trick basically.

How we can live and travel with very little money

In this newsletter I focus on how we skip the costs for accommodation. After a year traveling in Southern Africa, South America and the United States in 2013 and 2014 we were tired of living on campgrounds and laying in cheap beds of hostels.

In the United States we met friends who asked us to care for their dog during their holidays. Soon after my uncle asked us to care for dog and country home in the Netherlands, as he planned to travel to Iran. A great excuse to stay some time in one of our favorite countries of Europe.

Well, this is great! How can we get more house sits like this?

I set up a website www.animalcarers.com but that didn’t do the trick. Who is going to find our website when looking for a house sitter anyway? And jeez! it’s a lot of work to write articles of a certain quality every week to get some readers all over the world. That wasn’t going to work!

I started to read blogs of world travelers

Most of the authors of these blogs were backpackers – young women and men – in between or after studying and before starting a career. Staying in bunk beds with bedbug-ridden mattresses in dorms with another seven buddies – no problem at that age!

Other bloggers were young women or men doing short trips in their holidays or families managing to travel with a bunch of lively kids like a bag of fleas without going nuts. Both categories weren’t quite in my stage of life. Only later I learned about world travelers which started their new life as world nomads after their careers.

Combining the love for animals and traveling

As I started to google for blogs of world nomads in a later period of life after family, kids and careers or early retired travelers, I learned that they often travel luxury by house sitting around the world.

That’s when I stumbled over a few websites dedicated to connect house owners mostly with animals to care for during their holidays with travelers like us. Most successful as for its most professional website, search, profile setup, helpline with live chat and reference system we found TrustedHousesitters.

How to start out as TrustedHousesitter without references?

We had a problem to get house sits when we put our profile on TrustedHousesitters initially. Why should a homeowner trust us with their precious animals and house if we didn’t have any references?!

There wasn’t a way around it as to do some house sits for friends and family which gave us their first note on our profile of TrustedHousesitters. But that wasn’t enough.

We couldn’t be too choosy about our first house sits

We went to the birthplace of the house sitting-concept, where it seems that everybody is totally comfortable and used to having house sitters in their homes every year over and over again – Great Britain. It was easy enough to find house sits from a few days to several weeks all over the British island, sometimes somewhat challenging with unruly animals or in not so nice suburbs and other times it was a treat.

All in all we spent six months in the United Kingdom having to pay only for five nights in hotels with the pleasant side effect of plenty references as TrustedHousesitters, handy for future house sit – hunts with large numbers of applicants from all over the world.

Now we can choose and pick our house sits

Thanks to the house owners which took the time to write us great references, we get new assignments more easily. We were able to meet up with the expectations and spent a wonderful time making two and four-legged friends in many parts of the world.

After having lived in so many houses, slept in many beds and used all kind of kitchens, we are probably home experts of best living space, most comfortable mattresses and where to find anything in someone else’s kitchen.

Try it for two weeks, a month or longer – live as a local in somebody else’s home

You see, it’s not too hard to start off as a house sitter. Choose the continent, country or region where you’d like to stay for some time and you’ll most probably see some open house sitting announcements.

You can even signup for emails to get new house sits real time into your inbox. If you want to apply for a house sit, do it immediately. The longer you wait the bigger the chance to lose out as many apply in the first days that the new house sit pops up.

Get in touch with us if you want to know more about house sitting, our experiences and the tasks which come with it.

Good luck and have a good time house sitting around the world!

 

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PS. Sign up by click on the image of TrustedHousesitters or this link. you’ll get 20% off of your subscription to TrustedHousesitters and we’ll get two months for free. Great for you and us!


 

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Praslin, Seychellen – Reiseführer

Ich kniete vor der Aldabra Riesenschildkröte und richtete meine Kamera auf sie, während sie auf mich zu lief. Dabei unterschätzte ich wie flink sich diese urtümlichen Reptilien bewegen können. Eine weitere, unvergessliche Begegnung mit Wildtieren während unserer Reisen, diesmal auf Praslin in den Seychellen, während einer Tagestour zum Curieuse Marine National Park.

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Während unserer Reise in die Seychellen stiessen wir auf Praslin, eine Insel mit nicht nur bildhübschen Stränden, sondern auch mit als UNESCO Weltnaturerbe gelistetem Naturpark, dem Vallée de Mai, und dem Curieuse Marine National Park in der Nähe. Ein einzigartiger Ort für Naturfreunde, die die einheimische Tier- und Pflanzenarten über und unter Wasser entdecken wollen.

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Die sch̦nste Insel der Seychellen РLa Digue

Die schönste Insel, die ich bisher gesehen habe, ist La Digue mit ihrer gelassenen Atmosphäre fast ohne motorisierten Verkehr und paradiesischen Stränden.

Kristall klares, türkisfarbenes Wasser umspielte die Insel La Digue. Ein lieblicher Wind bewegte die Palmblätter über den einsamen Stränden. Granit-Felsen kontrastierten wie Glatzköpfe mit dem schneeweissen Sand.

Die wohl eindrücklichsten Tage unserer Reisen in den Seychellen standen uns bevor. Continue reading “Die schönste Insel der Seychellen – La Digue”

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What We’d Do Better On A Future Visit To Granada, Spain

Granada is worthwhile to visit as a cluster of Arabian and Spanish culture, Moorish Architecture, all nestled between the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. But learn from our mistakes to be able to make the best out of your trip.

Visiting Andalusia, we were struck by the number and height of the mountains, which otherwise in Europe can only be found in the Swiss alps in such concentration. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountain tops, often covered in a powder sugar layer of snow, lays Granada, a town which astounded us. Continue reading “What We’d Do Better On A Future Visit To Granada, Spain”

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Kruger National Park In The Summer

What’s your favorite animal? On our recent trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa – one of our favorite places – we had an amazing time. Enjoy our first video, more to come.

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Moving pictures of our last visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa. First time to visit in the lush summer time after good rains, when newborn are numerous and birds are abundant.

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Kruger Nationalpark im Sommer

Bewegende Bilder unseres letzten Besuches im Kruger Nationalpark, Südafrika. Zum ersten Mal reisten wir im üppigen Sommer nach ausreichendem Regen,  wenn Junge zahlreich geboren werden und Vögel in Scharen anzutreffen sind.

5 Most Common Myths About Visiting The States

If you think you know it all, you’re probably mistaken. Don’t fall into the trap to believe the 5 myths about the States.

Learn from our guest author, Wendy Dessler, what the States are about for real.

The main things that separate the States and Europe is not an ocean or the colonial history; it’s actually the modern-day, cumbersome load of cultural misconceptions. Continue reading “5 Most Common Myths About Visiting The States”

Visit Cluny, France, with famous Monastry, Church and Medieval Town between the Vines of Burgundy

Cluny is a medieval town with an important history. The monastery and church are impressive, as are the remnants of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.

Visit Cluny during a fair and you will see that the town still boast of life after 1107 years of existence!

Some of you know that we moved to Burgundy, France, a few months ago. We decided to visit Cluny, France, on one of our first day trips, excited to explore our new home region.  Continue reading “Visit Cluny, France, with famous Monastry, Church and Medieval Town between the Vines of Burgundy”

Seychellen Ferien – Pro und Kontra eines Inselparadieses

Seychellen Ferien, ideal um dem Winter zu entfliehen. Aber, ist alles so toll wie die Broschüren versprechen? Pro und Kontra : Schau hinter die Kulissen und entscheide selber.

English  |  German  Versteh mich nicht falsch, du solltest Seychellen Ferien in Betracht ziehen, was auch immer du hier lesen wirst. Die Seychellen sind wundervoll, aber, einiges gab mir trotzdem zu denken.

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Seychelles Islands – The Pros And Cons Of Alleged Paradise

Seychelles Islands, is it paradise? How is snorkeling and diving really, the infrastructure, costs of living and do they care for environment and wildlife?

English  |  Deutsch  Don’t get me wrong, the Seychelles Islands are stunningly beautiful and worth a visit or more, no matter what you may read here. But still, a few things really got me thinking. Continue reading “Seychelles Islands – The Pros And Cons Of Alleged Paradise”

Mauritius: Fünf Gründe Diese Insel Zu Lieben Oder … Zu Hassen

Unsere ehrliche Meinung zu Mauritius: Wo hat die Insel uns positiv überrascht und was hat uns enttäuscht. Die zusätzliche Information, das Salz in der Suppe aller fast ausschliesslich positiven Reiseberichte.

Die unverblümte Wahrheit über die Traumferien-Destination Mauritius, ohne Blatt vor dem Mund, für Reisende die mehr wissen wollen als in den Tourismus-Broschüren steht.

Deutsch  |  English   Ehrlich? Es ist nicht alles paradiesisch, aber vieles davon schon. Bevor unserer Abreise nach Mauritius recherchierten wir auf diversen Reiseblogs, welche uns fast unisono den Eindruck vermittelten, dass Mauritius so paradiesisch schön ist, wie die Bilder in Reiseprospekten versprechen. Es ist nicht ganz so, aber ich kehrte seither trotzdem bereits zweimal zurück.

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Mauritius: Five Reasons To Love Or Hate This Island

Where Mauritius matched our expectations or even excelled them and where it became short on fulfilling the promises of blogs and tourist brochures of being the tropical island paradise of every bodies dreams.

English  |  Deutsch  To be honest: It’s not all paradise but a lot of it is. Before our visit we read up on Mauritius on several blogs. Most of them described Mauritius as beautiful, like cut out of a promotional leaflet of the tourist office. It’s not quite like that! However, since then I’ve been back two further times. Continue reading “Mauritius: Five Reasons To Love Or Hate This Island”

Wo sich die Alpen aus dem See erheben ➜ Brienz, Schweiz

Eingebettet in den Schweizer Alpen entdeckten wir das zauberhaft schöne Dorf Brienz am Brienzersee. Ein freundlicher Ort voller Tradition und Handwerkskunst, deren Künstler den friedvollen Reiz der Landschaft in ihren Kreationen reflektieren.

Deutsch  |  English  Wir finden immer einen Grund für einen Abstecher in die Alpen, wenn wir die Schweiz besuchen. Dieses Mal entschieden wir uns für die malerische Route von Luzern am Vierwaltstättersee über den Brünigpass, welcher die Zentralschweiz und das Berner Oberland verbindet, nach Brienz am Brienzersee. Als wir die Kurven vom Brünigpass hinunter fuhren, lichteten sich die Wolken, um einem märchenhaft, unvergleichlich schönen Alpenlandschaft Platz zu machen. Continue reading “Wo sich die Alpen aus dem See erheben âžœ Brienz, Schweiz”