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House sitting around the globe. A 6 year retrospective.

Since May 2012 we have been traveling full time. Experiencing the world, making wonderful new friends, and partaking in the riches (and annoyances) of new cultures for less money (and angst) than it would cost us to stay at home and work for a living.

But it wasn’t always that way for us:

Before setting off on this wonderfully crazy adventure, we were caught in the rat race.

We were working long hours in order to maintain our lifestyle, whilst living in one of the most expensive cities in North America, Vancouver, British Columbia.

We had bill’s, a shit load of stress, and were driven by other people’s agendas. We found ourselves overworked and underwhelmed. It was like we were living in a Peggy Lee song – we kept asking ourselves “Is that all there is”?

We wanted to pursue our passion for adventure and travel- but  didn’t know how to escape our self-imposed prison.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In late 2011 we made the decision to travel full time. We had no idea how we were going to pull it off financially. We just decided to do it come hell or high water.  Michael was 44 and had been self-employed most of his working career.  Yvonne was recovering from the sting of a failed business and the stress of dealing with business partners with a shameful lack of integrity. 

On one hand we had no pensions, but on the other hand we had no kids.

The most powerful weapon in our arsenal, was our determination to jettison the 9 to 5 (or in Yvonne’s case the 9 to 9) and pursue our passions. Our dream was to be financially free and to be able to pursue our passion for travel.

Once we made that live changing decision to pursue our dream of living life on our terms, we threw caution to the wind. With our security blanket cut adrift, the doors of opportunity opened for us. It was just as Joseph Campbell said it would be:

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”

Joseph Campbell

The ‘Aha’ moment came in late 2011 when Yvonne discovered the concept of house sitting. This was the door that became the game changer for us. Reducing our expenses by house sitting for at least part of the time, made our dream of travel become a financially viable option.

Our first house sitting assignment was Tuscany Italy – it was love at first sight. We thought we had gone to heaven without the inconvenience of dying.

We knew at once we were on to something good. We have not looked back since, until we decided to write this post that is.

The following photographs are to give you a glimpse into the awesome world of house sitting   – a world we have been fortunate enough to be experiencing for six years now.

 

Tuscany, Italy 2012

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Near Cadiz Spain 2012

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Vineyard in France 2012

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London during the 2012 Olympics (with Figgy)

Figgy

San Jose, Costa Rica 2013

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Boquete Panama 2013

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Belmopan Belize 2013

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Placencia Belize 2013

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St Lucia 2014 to 2017

The Infinity Pool

Barbados 2014 to 2016

Boogie Boarding Dogs

Bequia, St Vincent & The Grenadines 2014 to 2017

Caribbean Villa

St Vincent 2014 to 2017

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Grenada 2015

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Paute, Ecuador 2016

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Quito, Ecuador 2017

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Celestun Mexico 2017

Big Wet Kiss!

El Gouna Egypt 2018

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Cyprus 2018

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“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”

Joseph Campbell

We have found our Joy.

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About the author: Michael was born under a wanderin’ star. He is an Engineer who became an explorer, a photography enthusiast, and hack traveller writer with the propensity to be snarky. Retired at the age of 44, he and his wife Yvonne travel and house sit around the globe on a full time basis grazing on awesome food along the way. Michael’s mission is to inform, inspire and empower people who are interested in travelling extensively in their retirement.

2 comments… add one
  • Liz and David Dundovic

    Your story is what we have been talking about doing for the past year. We have our own business and have done the time! We are both gypsies at heart and dream of doing what you are. We LOVE travelling and dogs! We thought we could combine both to our advantage. Any tips, hints, suggestions and things to be aware of, would be greatly appreciated! Happy travelling!

    • Michael Bauche

      Hello Liz & David

      House sitting is an amazing way to travel – especially long term. I would suggest checking out our complementary house sitting report on this site.

      We have also set up a Facebook group “Nomadic Retirement Living” as a forum for folks either on the road or itching to get on it.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/478043109022433/

      Feel free to contact us through this blog or the Facebook group with specific questions.

      Cheers

      Michael

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