I’m going to cut straight to it – I have big plans for 2020. The last couple of years have been an absolute whirlwind of adventures, heartbreaks, animal rescues, anxieties, accomplishments and the absolute destruction and re-building of nearly all of my comfort zones.
Now back in the UK (with no plans to leave) I have finally managed to stay in one place long enough to allow some of the many ideas running around in my head to materialise! Materialise into more than just ideas and endless planning sessions. I’d like to tell you about one part of my crazy 2020 plan.
The Nomad Plan
Right now I work completely online. All I need is my laptop, a decent WiFi connection and I am good to go!
Last year I was renting a room in Vietnam, which was completely doable due to the lower living costs (rent was £120 a month, meals out were £1-3, money stretched far!). Then in August I decided to move back to the UK, during what should have been a 6 week visit, and have since then, I’ve been reluctant to commit to renting and staying in just one place.
So, I’m not going to.
There are two main reasons for my massive urge to not settle in one spot.
Two years in Asia didn’t make me broke, but it also didn’t allow me to maintain a level of savings that I am used to having. Most of what I had built up previously went towards various flights, visas, and a few unexpected costs. So, when I made the un-planned decision to stay in the UK, I soon became aware that I didn’t have a decent enough safety net stashed away. The highest cost of living for a single, childless, car-less person is obviously rent, so the quickest way to do some financial first-aid is to try and live without this for a while.
2. General Wellbeing
I work on my own, and honestly one of the reasons I’m back in the UK is so I can be less on my own. I have wonderful friends and have had amazing house-mates, but they have their own lives and most of the time I just had me. There are plenty of things that I love doing on my own, but being alone and being lonely are two very different things. The thought of renting a room, sleeping in it, working in it, eating in it, doing absolutely everything on my own day-to-day – it’s not appealing. Moving around the country and planning my trips around friends and family is uplifting for my overall health, and prevents me from becoming a moody hermit creature. Yay!
So these are my motives, and since I have this rare luxury of location-freedom, I’ve decided to make full use of my situation and set myself a goal: To spend one year living everywhere.
You might be thinking how the heck are you going to do that? Let me reveal my secret weapon:
All over the world, people are looking for trust-worthy individuals to look after and care for their homes and, most importantly, their furry family members (the 4-legged ones at least).
Since 2017, I’ve completed 7 house-sits for cats, dogs and fish, which have ranged from 3 days to 4 months. As I publish this I am in my 8th hous-sit, the second sit of 2020, with some beautiful furry friends.
The Benefits of House-sitting
- House-sitting has opened up a whole new world for me. It’s not just about the affordable accommodation that makes it so great – I adore getting to temporarily adopt new friends! I also love that between staying with family, I can have some time for me, with a whole home to myself, complete the facilities to cook my own meals (compared to a hotel for example).
- It’s also great to travel. I’ve always been on the move, it’s become part of who I am.
- House-sitting has let me live with awesome animals, meet wonderful people, and see beautiful places in a more authentic, less touristy way.
- My family and friends are spread out all over the UK (and the rest of the world). Working online paired with house-sitting in places close to them gives me the freedom to see them more often, at times when they are free, and without needing to rely on them for a place to stay.
Do you need a House-sitter?
If you do, feel free to reach out to me and we can have a chat about it. I do have a vague itinerary in my mind for the next few months – I’m particularly interested in places near Weymouth, Bristol, Falmouth, and Brighton, as these are where most of my friends and family are based – but I’m open to going somewhere new!
Additionally, if you’re confident with animals and would be interested in giving house-sitting ago, I am happy to answer questions (may well do a blog post on it in the future). Instagram is probably the best place to ask them.
To summarize, here are some reasons I think this is a great idea:
- It stops me from getting bored or worse, lonely!
- Seeing the people I love is awsome.
- Meeting new people and exploring new places is fun.
- Floofs to cuddle.
- I’m only 25 so I can use age as an acceptable excuse not to settle anywhere for at least 5 more years (that gives me 5 years to think of a new excuse).
- I really can’t see myself doing anything else.
- I might find somewhere I really, really want to stay.
What do you think of my crazy idea?
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