About Us & This Blog

Roving retirees - picture at Sukhothai, Thailand. Lambies Travels
Sukhothai, Thailand

About Us

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’.

Roving retirees - Lambies Travels
Hong Kong

We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences too. Feel free to comment or contact us.


  1. Hello, Jacky and Glenn,
    We are a Mexican couple of retirees with 3 independent, grown up sons.
    We live in chihuahua, city, near Copper Canyon, which you can visit by train called The Chepe.

    We love to travel and we are excited to visit different environments. we have been traveling a few years and also sitting homes since 2015.
    This is how we got to know you, Lovely Rose from Rio Gordo Málaga, told us about you, after we went to sat her house, next time you both went and had a great experience with you.

    We do not smoke and we are healthy and strong.
    I would like to know more about the possibilitie to go to Australia for a year. Not to hot, not to cold…jejeje
    maybe you can advice us in how to start…
    We are only starting with the idea, maybe rent our home as you did, or look for a swap.
    You can contact us whenever you like …
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Miguel and Ana


  2. Hi Jacqui and Glen, just been looking through your blog, looks like plenty of excellent adventures for the two of you.
    I also see that you will be back down under soon, be good to catch up for a coffee/hot chocolate…

    Happy New Year for 2018 be seeing you soon

    safe travels


  3. I have worked all my life and will be 65 in October. I am very interested in doing something like housesitting. How do I set myself up to do this . Kind regards Maxine


    1. Hi Maxine, thanks for stopping by our blog. We bet you’re looking forward to October.
      To get started we suggest taking a look at the post we wrote explaining what house sitting is and how to get started.
      Click on this link and it will take you to the post https://www.lambiestravels.com/house-sitting/
      If it’s something that still appeals to you after reading the information then contact us again and we’ll see how we can help you.
      Glenn & Jacqueline


  4. Well done. I am pre retirement and looking at ideas! I like yours very much and would like to know more;
    keep in touch and learn from you.

    Thank you for being who you are and what you do !


    1. Hello Joe, thank you for your kind words. Please feel free to contact us via our contact page if we can be of any help in the future.
      Glenn & Jacqueline


  5. You folks are a trip! Looking very young there…we’re travelers, too, but usually had to stagger our trips, .i.e. he bikes Bali while I watch the snow fly, and now I do l lots of lovely house and pet sits in the Northwest in the summer and autumn, while he takes care of the farmette here near Mt. Shasta. Retirement is such a boon! Ciao!


    1. Hi Kathi, thanks for commenting. Yes, retirement is fun and there are so many options if you’re prepared to look for them. House sitting can work in many different ways just as it is for you. Keep enjoying life (and your retirement!!!) Glenn & Jacqueline


  6. Hi Glen and Jacqueline,
    Loved the interview. Spent my 20s backpacking through Asia and Europe. My super practical partner has just retired and we are looking to rent out our houses and do the house sitting thing. We love animals. We thought it might be best to start in Australia and get good reviews and go from there. Is that how you did it?
    Thanks for your time.
    Kind Regards


    1. Hi Regina, thanks for stopping by. Glenn did the backpacking thing as a young man many years ago too. That started his love for all things travel! Your plan sounds excellent as references are one of the most important things when getting started house sitting. We didn’t have a grand plan as we started sitting once we were already travelling during our gap year. As such, we just applied for anything and everything to get started and get those all important references. So our first house sits were in Thailand and Hong Kong!!
      We would generally recommend exactly what you are doing.
      Feel free to reach out to us for any assistance via this website or our facebook pages. 🙂
      Glenn & Jacqueline


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