"We are Alan and Heidi Wagoner, both authors of the popular Travel blog Wagoners Abroad. Having lived internationally, as well as traveled to over 35 countries, and working 20+ years in the corporate world, we decided to make our own dreams come true.
In August of 2012, we sold most of our possessions, bought 4 one way tickets and settled in Southern Spain. With Spain as our home base, we have been able to explore more of Europe as well as Morocco.
With very flexible schedules, we find that house sitting really meets our needs. We not only get to explore new locations, but we get that ever so coveted pet time we miss. Having a free place to stay also fits in very nicely with our family travel budget.
After nearly 2 years in Spain, this summer we will venture over to Southeast Asia for a while, with hopes of doing house sitting there too. We try to be a true source of inspiration for others to live their dreams. Here are our tips for house sitter families:
Communication - For every house sit we've done, we've had ample communication with the host family. Be it the exchange of emails, phone calls, and even video calls, it's highly recommended that each side be comfortable with the other. More communication should make the expectations of both sides very clear.
Be honest with yourself about your expectations - What are you looking for in a house sit? If it's purely a choice of location, then it's an easy choice. If the house sit includes pets that you're either not familiar or comfortable with, then ask yourself if it's something you really want to do. If the care and feeding of the family alligator ("He's the friendliest alligator you've ever met!") is outside your comfort zone, then you need to be honest with yourself and the host. This is where Top Tip #1 comes in handy.
Explain the rules - If you have kids, be very clear that this is someone's home, and that the animals and property need to be treated with respect. It's not a hotel where the "occasional" jumping on beds is allowed. Treat the host's home even better than you treat your own.
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