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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Hippohelp – Work Abroad In Exchange For Food And Accommodation

Guest Post: To work abroad in exchange for food and accommodation is an excellent way to meet with like minded people and to learn new skills while exploring the world. Read about the new online platform which connects you with your future host and work place.

Hi! My name is Leopold, and I’m the creator of Hippohelp, a platform connecting hosts with travellers willing to work in exchange for food and accommodation. Continue reading “Hippohelp – Work Abroad In Exchange For Food And Accommodation”

Reise Blog | Travel Blog – Awards 2017

Sparpedia.ch nominated us for their Travel Blog Awards 2017. Your vote counts! Thanks for your support.

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Sparpedia.ch hat uns und eine Reihe von weiteren Reisebloggern aus der Schweiz für ihre Reise Blog Awards 2017 nominiert. Deine Stimme zählt! Danke für deine Unterstützung.

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Sparpedia.ch nominated us and other Swiss travel bloggers for their Travel Blog Awards 2017. Your vote counts! Thanks for your support.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Traveling

We travel slowly around the world for four years continuously. Does that mean that we are always happy what we are doing? Here you find our list of the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY of traveling.

On the road four years and counting, and not thinking of quitting just yet.

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi,Tanzania and Kenya to Argentina and Ecuador. To the USA and on to France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria and Germany.

Since the UK voted themselves out of the European Union they get a sentence (pun intended) all of their own. Continue reading “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Traveling”

4 Pro And Cons Of Couch Surfing from Grey World Nomads Perspective

Is it recommendable to use couch surfing by means of travelling on a budget? Isn’t couch surfing just for young world travelers and broke students? We share our experiences as world nomads and ‘old’ couch surfers.

Traveling Europe for a couple of months and then the United Kingdom for half a year I figured, our budget wouldn’t last long if we’d stay in bed & breakfasts and hotels between our house sitting assignments.

As we’d had a lovely couch surfing experience last year with a family in Durban, South Africa, I wanted to give it a closer look also for Europe despite the fact that most hosts were in their twenties.   Continue reading “4 Pro And Cons Of Couch Surfing from Grey World Nomads Perspective”

Hop On The Ferry With Dog To And From The UK

We went by ferry with our traveling Beagle, Vlou, from France to the UK and then to the Netherlands.

Read how to plan and prepare your travel with your pet in this guide.

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Before we went to the United Kingdom we were quite insecure about our journey to the UK and back by ferry and taking our traveling Beagle, Vlou, with us. We went from Dunkirk in France to Dover, England, and from Harwich, England, to Hook of Holland in the Netherlands. But it doesn’t matter really where you come from in Europe and where you access the United Kingdom. These tips count for all of the travels between mainland of Europe and Great Britain.

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Vlou, the travelling Beagle, enjoying the beach in England

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How To Make Your Vacation Getaway To Go Off Without A Hitch

A castle in France or a beach house in South Africa – Advice of the Grey World Nomads on how to find your dream holiday getaway.

Finally it is so far – you are excited as you are going to plan your vacation! Maybe you are looking for a romantic Getaway with your partner to be spoiled in a luxury hotel? Or, is it time for a family get together with all grand kids in a villa with swimming pool somewhere at the coast? 

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Newquay, Cornwall, England

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