About Clyde and Terry

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Hello!  We are Clyde and Terry from Corpus Christi, Texas.

In 2011 I (Clyde) was injured on the job as a Firefighter/Paramedic and had to retire at the age of 57.  I very quickly realized that I could NOT afford to live out my retirement in the United States as I simply did not make enough from my pension to survive in the states.  I would have to find another job or come up with a different plan.  Who knew we would
Travel the World House Sitting.

And come up with a different plan we did.

We did our research and retired to Panama!  Yes, Panama the country with the big canal.  We were able to live there on my small pension.  Panama was very good to us and we lived there for five years.  By the way, we have some friends that have made the move to Panama and have done a great blog on how to do it, It is called Retire in the Tropics.

A few years ago, we made the “mistake” of going on a Mediterranean Cruise.   Off to Europe we went.  First we visited Paris, France for four days and then flew into Barcelona for our cruise.

On the cruise we visited the following places:
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Barcelona, Spain
Toulon, France (Provence)
Livorno, Italy (Pisa and Florence)
Cititavecchia, Italy (Rome)
Naples, Italy
Mykonos, Greece
Istanbul, Turkey
Kusadasi, Turkey  (Ephesus)
Piraus, Greece (Athens)
Venice, Italy

WOW!  We were hooked on traveling!  We had to travel, but how were we going to do it?

I won’t even tell you how much of my savings was spent on the cruise.  When we returned home to Panama I was talking to a friend about how we both wanted to travel but could not afford it.  She recommended “House Sitting”.

We found the site Trusted House Sitters and did some research and did our first house sit in Ajijic, Mexico.  It was a four week house sit and we there to watch a cat.  Right after we that one, we found another four week house sit in Costa Rica taking care of two dogs and then we were off to a three week sit in Ambato, Ecuador with one dog.

We were doing it!  We had three long vacations in a row without paying for accommodations!   OK, to be honest we paid for a hotel here and there close to the airports and for further exploration.  But we did it!
The big question came to us, can we do this full time?  We wanted to see the world!  Could this be done?

In June of 2016 , we decided to go for it!  We sold everything we could and gave away the rest.  We packed up two carry on suitcases and a backpack each (We needed to Travel Light) and took off to our first house sit in Thailand.  We were on our way to Travel the World House Sitting!

So here we are eight months later.  We have done a month in Thailand, three months in Italy and we are on four months in the UK.  (We spent three months in England and are currently spending a week in Wales and after that we have five weeks of sits lined up in Scotland).  We are going to spend a few weeks exploring Ireland after that and then we are are off to Spain for three months.

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It CAN be done!  We have no plans on slowing down.
Follow us as we “Travel the world House Sitting”.
This web site is dedicated to helping whoever we can
to get started with their own House Sitting Journey.
Whether it be a free vacation or even doing it full time like us.

Good Luck!
Clyde and Terry


All of these photographs were taken by Clyde with his Canon Powershot D30
To find out more about the camera, CLICK ON THIS LINK


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13 thoughts on “About Clyde and Terry

  1. Hello and thanks for sharing, It is so good to be able to travel and to see the world and this is one of the things that I want to do and that is to see the world and experience different culture and to eat and taste the many foods. Traveling is just so great and awesome. This is and awesome post and i am sure that your readers will love what you are sharing. Your post is well detailed and filled with great information.

  2. So you travel around the world and get free housing? That sounds almost too good to be true. I have a question? How did you afford travel fees? Flying around can get pretty expensive.

  3. Well, I think house sitting is an excellent alternative idea for holidays. A lot of home howlers look for sitters also so they do not have to put their pets in kennels or catteries. And I think in UK, where I am based, the idea is taking on more widely than people think. The only thing that may worry a home owner going on holiday and leaving their belongings (and their beloved pet) in the hands of strangers is security. How do you ensure that you are trusted when you take on an assignment? Do you present references, etc?
    Thank you. Giulia 😃

    1. Giulia,
      You bring up some interesting points.

      House Sitting is something is based on trust from both sides. The number one reason we are house sitting is for the pets. But, we are also keeping an eye on the house. We pride ourselves on being honest people who will take care of the animals as there owners would and keep the house meticulously clean. On the house sit sites, the owners are able to comment on us as house sitters. When we do a good job, we are able to get more sits! WE also have police background checks to offer the home owners.
      Check out this post and scroll down and look at our reviews we have received.
      https://traveltheworldhousesitting.com/pet-sitting-resume-our-house-sits.
      Clyde

  4. House sitting sounds like a great idea!! I could see myself doing this (without the pets).
    What about insurance? How does this work for yourselves and those whom you are house-sitting for?
    Also are the regulations for house sitters different in each country?

    Thanks
    Jackie

    1. Hi Jackie!
      Thanks for your inquiry.

      #1 Most of these sits DO involve taking care of an animal or two
      #2 What type of insurance are you asking about? Health Insurance or in case something goes wrong?
      #3 No regulations really, however when you are entering a country other than your own, you are coming in as a tourist “staying with friends”. If you were to say you are coming in to “house sit”. They would take that as employment.

  5. Hi Guys
    It is the first that I hear of this type of house sitting, how does the trust issue work?, how does the client trust strangers to house sit their house?, I would have a great big problem with it, well you guys have been doing it for a while and seems to be working for you,
    Your website looks good and informative, all the best to your future.

    Regards
    Gary

    1. Hi Gary,
      Our goal is to build trust when we apply for the house sit. This is done with communication. We do this through many emails and then finally a skype interview. IT seems like once you talk to someone and see their faces it helps a lot. Also, we have quite the resume of our successes in housesitting that we share. Remember, there needs to be trust from both sides and both parties know it is a gamble from both sides. Check out our resume at https://traveltheworldhousesitting.com/pet-sitting-resume-along-gringo-trail and see what I mean.

      Clyde

  6. I was just talking to a friend earlier about what to do when we reach the retirement age. Each year, my physical strength deteriorates a little so I know I won’t be as strong as I am now, say 10 years from now.

    Hence, I’ve been experimenting with various ways of making money online for the past 3 years. But I also have the travel bug and hope that when I am generating a stable online income stream, I would be able to explore the world just like the both of you.

    Interestingly, I work in the veterinary field and pet caring is nothing new to me so I’ll definitely check out the house sitting site that you recommended. Seems like they have a few interesting destinations worth staying for the long term.

    Question – How’s the application process like? What advice do you have for someone who has never done house sitting before?

    Thanks a lot.

    1. First of all, my apologies for the delay in responding to you Cathy. WE are in Morocco now and have had poor to no internet

      I do go through the process of applying for a house sit on my BLOG.

      If you go up to the top and click on “house Sitting” you will have three items appear.  “How to get a House Sit for free accommodations” is  the one you want to look at.  It will show you how to set up your profile.  Once your profile is set up, then you can start looking for House Sits.  Here Again, I recommend Trusted House Sitters as the go to site as they have the most sits.  This is where we find most of our sits.

      Cathy, I hope this helps!  Please contact me if you have any more questions!

      Clyde

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