Housesitting For The Win Win

So, how do we (a family of 6) afford all this travel? We’ve had this question over and over. To appease or travel bug we initially had the plan to buy an RV or 5th wheel trailer and travel North America via campsites. There would be a fairly large upfront cost of purchasing the RV and/or truck. Plus, since I work remotely, dealing with mobile internet options looked expensive at best. We love the idea of taking home with us though, there’s something to be said for having our own space which we could transport to any place. Plus, we’d mainly be staying in campsites, and we love camping. I also had an international travel itch and I worried an RV wouldn’t scratch my itch for long and I’d still be restless. Simultaneously, we looked into long term airbnb/vrbo hopping. Since monthly rates are much better than the standard rental rates, plus we’ve heard you can negotiate even better rates if you contact the owner previously.


After some discussion and research online we started considering housesitting. The more we looked, the more sense it made for us. There is even a website that connects sitters with those looking for house and pet sitters called trusted house sitters. We set up a profile and browse available sites and apply. It’s set up for pet sitting and house sitting, so not only do we get to watch for someone’s house, but we get to watch their pets too! There are dogs and cats of course, but also horses, chickens and even kangaroo! Saying goodbye to our own furry family members was one of the hardest parts of preparing for this lifestyle change for our family. So, we’re happy to have the option to include animals in our world travels.

Trusted house sitters has international listings too! So with a passport and a desire you can go sit all over the globe! We get to visit new places as we house and pet sit. It’s a classic win-win! We take care of someone’s home while they’re away and we get a furnished place to stay. The homes will have a home feel and furry friends to love while we save on our budget to do things while we’re there. Many house sits are in a home that has a stable internet connection already. Some house sitting are asking for a weekend or a few days, but some (the ones were more interested in) are for months at a time! We can stay in a country for a couple months at a time usually without even needing a visa, just a passport. So, our first house sit is in Colorado since we had some open time between a work trip and a family reunion. Then we’re going international and flying to the Pacific for a few more: 4 lined up in Australia and New Zealand through October!

House sitting seemed like a crazy idea when we first heard about it, but the more we looked into it, the more sense it made for our family and our plan. We were able to go international and have a home base that feels like a home (because it is), enjoy the company of pets and make some local connections with people that actually live in the places we visit. We have been able to secure 5 months of housesitting in under two months of membership. We’re still new to the site and the process, but as we go we’ll only get better at it, we’ll even rack up reviews from our sits that will better qualify us for future sits. It has been a slight struggle for us to find family friendly homes and pets, but enough opportunities that welcome us, appreciate our vision and are happy to have us in their home to keep an eye on things and walk the dogs.

If you’re interested in trying housesitting out, go check out trusted house sitters, (this link will give us both a discount). While the house sitting itself has no monetary exchange, you do have to sign up for an account on the website with a fee, which I’m ok with, since it ensures that the housesits and applicants are serious users and not just casual curious browsers or spam.

The itch

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

I’d like you to think that I’ve read Moby Dick, but I haven’t. I remember skipping that one in High School and somehow still doing well on the test. This quote alone makes me want to go read it though. I too share this itch. Call it a travel bug, wanderlust, antiestablishmentarianism, nonconformism, or simply weird, I know this itch. Life to me is not about staying put, planting roots and watching time pass. No offense to those who dream of nothing else, but I am restless and always have been. 

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough – Mae West

As for me, I am [blessed] with an everlasting itch for things remote. I want to go to new places and see new things. This world is too small and time is too short to settle where I am. This itch is shared in our family, as we were finishing our time at university, we walked in to join the peace corps and go to Africa for a couple years before figuring out life with a job. We we filling out the paperwork and it came out that we weren’t both US citizens… Who knew that only citizens could participate in the peace corps? We learned the hard way! But instead we ended up starting our family and getting that job and buying a house. We’ve been itching ever since! Though much of that time we were in survival mode and dealing with milk feeding schedules and nap times and diapers and a lot of it is a blur.

Now that the kids are a bit more grown and we can all communicate with words most of the time and sleep through the night we’ve had time to reflect and realize that those dreams didn’t need to die with our family life. We heard of families that lived in RVs and traveled a lot. Families who did homeschool and used extended road trips as educational opportunities. We remembered our own international experiences and the transformative experiences of living within other cultures and languages. We heard of people who worked from home remotely and were location independent. We could see ourselves in those scenarios and constructed possible ways to combine it all and make it happen for us. We even took a test 6 week road trip one summer and had such a blast we knew that was the life for us. It took a little while to arrange all the pieces, but we experienced the home school, inquired after remote jobs in my field and let our dream wheels begin spinning faster.

We’re excited that after years of dreaming and then more years of planning and arranging, we’re 1 month away from pulling out and beginning our journey.

I have a small collection of a few inspiring quotes I like to keep in mind to harness my itch for enrichment, enjoy:

Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.
Let’s make today an adventure kind of day
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St Augustine
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs
Never let your mind tell your heart not to wander
Not all those who wander are lost – JRR Tolkien
The unhappiest people in this world, are those who care the most about what other people think. – C JoyBell C.
Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life. – Bob Marley
The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask

Goodbye House

This week we got serious about selling our house. We paused a bit on the materialism purge and put our house (for sale by owner) on the market! We decided to jump with both feet and sell the house so we aren’t managing tenants from the other side of the world. Having to worry about things like refrigerator repairs or a leaky roof seems to be more difficult the farther away you get. It also helped that when we looked into it, the home values had increased since we’d last checked.

Selling our house makes the whole nomad wanderlust life a bit more of a leap of faith too. Since there will be no easy evacuation back to the home we’ve grown comfortable in for the past decade. But it is just a house, and though we made it our home, it doesn’t have to be. So, for the foreseeable future, we’ll live by the mantra “Home is Where You Are“.

Home is Where You Are

We won’t need a brick and mortar (or wood siding) house to call our home. We’ll shoot more for a state of mind, a state of family togetherness and being. We will be home with each other.

So we decided on Monday, when we had a neighbor list their house for sale, that we were running out of time and needed to follow suite. Luckily the housing market in our area had just kicked into pre-summer gear and things were hot. Houses were going faster than buyers could go see them and we’d even heard of some going under contract before the buyers even went to see the home. As we’re usually pretty DIY, we decided to give For Sale By Owner a shot since it is such a seller’s market and with the help of Zillow and Facebook (and Home Depot) we listed our house late Thursday. I honestly spent more time painting one night than I did sleeping. With the house listed, we set up an open house for Saturday and Sunday. We had a few calls from interested buyers and their agents and before our first open house already had an offer to consider!

Things are moving fast now and it’s making everything feel so much more real! We’re realizing that after so much purging already, we’re only just getting started! It only makes sense that as we say hello to a new way of life, we have to also say goodbye to the old way. You can’t turn the page without, well, turning the page.

It is nice to know though, that we’re only saying goodbye to a house, not our home. We’ll be taking the home part with us where ever we go, nomaderwhere.

Hello World!

Hello world, and goodbye to our stationary life. We’re becoming nomad.

We’re preparing to embark on a journey! Our goal is to tour the world. We have the next few months planned, but beyond that is still a mystery, and that’s ok with us! What an adventure it will be!


We are a young family looking to see what the world has to offer. We’ve got 4 kids under 12, all walking talking and potty trained (for the most part). We’ve been a homeschooling family for a couple years and recently became location independent. Meaning, Dad doesn’t have to go to an office to work, and now he has a full-time job that agrees with him on that. He works remotely as a front end engineer, if you don’t know what that means, he builds websites (like this one). Mom is our chief homeschooling manager to our 4 awesome kids. The kids are normal kids, into science and sports and enjoy music, games, books and exploring new places.

Hello World!

As a web engineer, I’m setting this site up in WordPress and if you don’t know, the first post is by default named Hello World (it’s a programming tradition) and I thought I had never had such a good use for the title, so I kept it.

Our family currently focused on purging our collection of things we have used to fill our home the past 10 years. As you can guess, we’ll need fewer things because we’ll have to carry them all with us wherever we go. So, for the next 6 weeks we’re navigating the process of thinning out our possessions: including our house and our cars and everything in between. We’re also navigating the process of becoming nomads, things like passports and travel insurance as well as global banking and travel, and not to mention the obvious, accommodations for our family. In short, all the paperwork, but our vision is what is keeping us going at this point!

The quick tentative version of our plan is to leave home in the southeast, go to the west and then jump to Australia and explore the south pacific and hopefully Asia until we make our way to Africa and Europe.

We hope you will enjoy following our travels half as much as we enjoy doing them, no matter where our nomading takes us.