What do you do when you desire a full time, slow nomadic travel lifestyle, but have been told by all the so called experts you can't afford it, and must wait till you retire.
You make a decision to leave the experts and normal behind & go "Living Beyond Normal" & embrace early retirement.
We did and you can to!
This is the story of how our House & Pet Sitting Global Lifestyling journey began...
Have you ever felt like you are living “ground-hog day”, where days, weeks, months and years just seem to blur into each other, doing the same thing day in day out?
That’s how we were feeling with our lives. Uninspired, frustrated and sick of working just to pay bills. We had spent years living the traditional lives of owning our own home, investment properties, working long hours and raising a family.
We had travelled the island of Bali and been on a great adventure to Africa to volunteer at a Lion and Tiger breeding park, followed by a safari trip and some travel around Tanzania.
But they were expensive trips and we couldn’t see ourselves having the money to do more travel for quite some time. We felt stuck because we knew we wanted to do more travel, but believed we couldn’t afford to travel.
It was during a short break away at a friends house, while walking along the beach, that an idea came to me...
To travel around Australia camping and house sitting. House & Pet Sitting was something I didn’t know much about other than what a friend had shared with me, some time ago, but with it decided...
This could be affordable!
At first I felt excitement by the idea, then I dropped into fear around what Gavin would think about it, and the actions that would need to be taken to make this happen. On a practical level, we would need to sell/ get rid of most of our stuff and downsize to whatever would fit into our choice of transport.
So here we were faced with this new opportunity to travel and experience life living differently.
Could we do it?... Should we do it?..... How would we do it?
I spoke to my friend who had done some house sitting to get more information about it, and we decided to start there, to see if we even liked house sitting. We needed to know if we could cope with living in someone else’s house, sleeping in their bed, adapting to temporary accommodation and taking care of other people’s pets.
So we summoned the courage, made a decision to trust and went for it.
After completing a couple of house sits within 200km of where we lived, we decided it was worth continuing.
We acknowledged that it would take some adjustments but we felt to give it a trial period of 12 months to see if we enjoyed this way of living differently.
Also, I had not done much camping so staying in caravan parks and free camping were also going to be new experiences.
Not to mention living in a confined space together.
The change in mindset came down to a decision to try a new way of living and embrace a Nomadic Travel Lifestyle.
Of course we did some research into house sitting and camping and spoke to a few others who were doing it, which gave us more confidence and reassurance.
But in the end you just have to give it a go!
A direct experience is the only way to know what you don't know right?
And now experience showed us how much we didn't know!
Until next time...
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How and why we got started on this Nomadic Travel Lifestyle and how it has unfolded as we travel within Australia and globally.