2014 “House and Pet sitting”
One of my best and oldest friends sent me this poster. I just love what it says……no more words necessary.
The first blogs I made were destroyed by mistake in February of 2015. I learned a lesson; “always keep your website in your own hands”.
I decided to start all over again, as this is my story from after September 2014; my “suitcase diaries”………..
I lived out of a suitcase for one and half year. It was a constant packing and unpacking, booking of flights, hotels, car rentals, insurances and many other things. Hours of investigation for the cheapest flying arrangements and the less flying hours.
House and pet sitting is a great way to have a free stay, but it is also very time consuming. I have been a member of around 5 different house sitting websites and you have to check them a few times a day. If there is an interesting house sit in a country or area of your choice, you have to apply immediately, as often you are together with another 50 to 100 people or even more, if it is a popular country. In my case, I was totally dependent on house sitting jobs, as I had nowhere else to go. That made it rather stressful. You never know if you can find something for the next week or the next month and you have to try to combine sits in one country to avoid travel costs. Of course sometimes you can stay at the regular family or friends place, but as the famous expression tells you “fish starts smelling after 3 days”, it is the same with visitors……..
House sitting is really great, when you can choose your assignments dates and when you don’t mind to go to “Timbuktu”…..I had to work according to a “bucket list” and Timbuktu was not on that list! So my choices were limited and my time also.
This year went by so quickly! I travelled from Portugal to Spain by car in the winter, back to Ontario in Canada, then back to the Netherlands, enjoyed Springtime in between the bulbs, had an amazing time taking care of a Quinta with goats, ducks, Koi fish and chickens in Portugal. Again back to the Netherlands, then off to Costa Rica, looking after a Retreat in the jungle, very exciting and isolated……From Costa Rica to Merida, Mexico, where I spent quality time, soaking up the culture and diversity of the country. From Mexico, I travelled to the Rocky Mountains, Canada, where I took care of a very sweet dog, in a beautiful house, in gorgeous surroundings.
After Canmore, it was time to say goodbye to Ontario and leave the place, where I lived for 12 years. Once back in the Netherlands, I continued packing and unpacking suitcases, travelling in between house sits and rental places and spending Christmas and New Year in Pedreguer, Spain again. It is great that people often ask me back! At least you know where you are going to!
Slowly, I realized that I needed a place to call “home”. A place, where I could drop my belongings, which had to be shipped over from Toronto and were now in storage in the Netherlands.
I still continue travelling, doing different house sits in various places and now and then visit my children in Canada and Australia.
These days my partner often joins me on my adventures.
My blog became an addiction; I will keep on writing and photographing!