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 have visited many countries over the last 25 odd years. We lived in Edinburgh for 8 years and thoroughly enjoyed the many experiences that living in a foreign country could offer. As such, exploring new, potential places to live presents few challenges for us. On the contrary, it excites 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 by 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 left for full-time travel on 9th April 2017.
More info about that period in our life appeared in this article on House Sitting Magazine “how we became international house sitters”.
This blog has articles about the way we approached our year away, places we’ve visited and our experiences along the way. It’s not a travel guide but includes interesting posts about places 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 and information about the places we have visited.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences too. Feel free to comment or contact us.