Travel the World House Sitting
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:
Toulon, France (Provence)
Livorno, Italy (Pisa and Florence)
Cititavecchia, Italy (Rome)
Kusadasi, Turkey (Ephesus)
Piraus, Greece (Athens)
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.
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.
Clyde and Terry
All of these photographs were taken by Clyde with his Canon Powershot D30
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