Rent was our biggest expense and besides a few plants (which Nik’s mom graciously adopted for us), we had nothing holding us back.
How can we eliminate that expense and live freely anywhere we wanted?
To this day I’m not sure how house sitting even came on my radar. It was likely a combination of googling (obviously) and reading the book that first inspired us to live an unconventional life called Art of Nonconformity by Chris Guillebeau.
I casually through out the idea to Nik, “I think we should house sit for people”. He looked at me with a is-she-kidding-or-serious expression at first. He thought for a minute and then said, “I think it’s going to be a lot harder than you think. But … if you line them up then I’ll follow you anywhere.”
We decided to give it a year since it’s a lot easier to take a massive leap outside your comfort zone when you have a back up plan. We quit our comfortable jobs, gave up our bi-weekly direct deposit, sold nearly all of our belongings and headed West.
Our plan was to snowboard in Bozeman, MT for the winter while housesitting for Nik’s Auntie Barb (yes, I’m a 32 year old woman and she will always be “Auntie” to me even when I’m 104). We’d then work to line up other sits as the weeks progressed. If ends didn’t meet with Nik’s freelance web development work, we’d move back to Minnesota and get “real” jobs again. Maybe even buy that house and riding lawnmower.
January 2019 marks our 5th Year Anniversary of being digital nomads.