Hi, we are Glenn and Jacqueline, two active “middle-aged” Australians that took a year off from our ‘real lives’ in late 2015 to search out options for how we might spend our retirement years. We love travel and had visited many countries over the previous 25 odd years. We lived in Edinburgh for 8 years and thoroughly enjoyed the many experiences that living in a foreign country offered. So, exploring new, potential places to live presented few challenges for us. On the contrary, it really excited us.
During our year off we discovered that we could afford to travel far more widely and cheaply than we originally envisaged. This was achieved doing house sitting as a way to visit places and not have to pay for accommodation. We returned to Australia in October 2016 and spent the next 6 months selling almost everything that we owned, rented our house out and then left for full-time travel on 9th April 2017.
Jacqueline wrote an article for the House Sitting Magazine covering our gap year and how we got into house sittng which provides more details on that period here – “how we became international house sitters”.
We have written various blog posts covering topics about how we approached our year away, some of the places we’ve visited since becoming full time nomads and our experiences along the way. It’s not a travel guide but includes interesting posts and information about places we see and experience that you may not be aware of. We hope it will provide insight for others that might be thinking of doing something similar as roving retirees.
All of the posts can be found on the Blog page however there is also a menu system where they are categorized under different headings such as:
Places (Countries, Cities, Towns, Villages) we’ve been to either hosue sitting or travelling
Travel Money (how much we’ve spent)
Preparing to leave home
House Sitting (what it is and how to get started)
Media articles we’ve written or featured in
Videos we’ve made about different places aroundthe world
and other topics.
Please enjoy flicking around the site and we hope you get some benefit from our experiences that might plant a seed for your own ‘excellent adventure’.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences too. Feel free to comment or contact us.