This month’s edition of 8 House Sitting Questions we caught up with a couple we met while living in Panama; Clyde and Terry Coles from the good ole U.S. of A, and founders of the travel site: Along the Gringo Trail. One of the fun things about house sitting is you build a network of fellow sitters. We introduced Clyde and Terry to some friends and fellow sitters in Nicaragua and they’ve met up a few times in both Nicaragua and Panama!
Names: Clyde and Terry Coles
Hail from: Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A.
Question #1. How/When did you become a house sitter?
We have only been house sitting for a few months. After an extended trip to Europe, we got the travel bug and decided to see more of the world. But How? House Sitting seemed to be the answer. We got on the internet and within a few days had our first house sit lined up in Mexico.
Question #2. What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you while house sitting/travelling?
Our last house sit in Costa Rica was to sit two dogs. Our main job was to drive them to the beach twice a day so they could exercise. One of the dogs was a mixed pit bull and we started calling her “Houdini”. One day we had finished our each walk and had returned to the truck. (They had loaned us a truck to take the dogs to the beach and to explore). She would not get in the back of the truck. I told Terry, I will just start up the truck and start to leave to see if that will make her jump up in the bed of the truck. We got in the truck, turned around and she was sitting in the back seat ready to go!
Question #3. What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you on your travels/house sitting?
No real bad experiences. We just have to realize that no house will ever measure up to Terry’s standard of cleanliness.
Question #4. What is the single most important item (aside from laptop/phone/electronics) that you take with you to every house sit?
An open mind to enjoy the adventure!
Question #5. How long do you plan on house sitting?
Hard to say, but I imagine it will be for years.
Question #6. What’s been your favorite house sit so far, and why? (location, awesome pets)
We enjoyed our house sit in Ajijic, Mexico. We were able to explore so much by bus and it was a beautiful area. And the wonderful Mexican food was CHEAP
Question #7. If you could improve one thing about house sitting in general, what would it be?
If I could take my own bed and pillow along, that would be nice!
Question #8. If you could offer one piece of advice to would-be house sitters, what would that be?
Research not only the area you are looking at going to, but the people you are going to house sit. Skyping with them is a must. Try to build that relationship before you meet them in person.
Bonus question: What’s your favorite movie?
There’s something about Mary.
Franks and beans! A classic comedy, one of our fav’s too. And it stars a young Brett…Fah….vvv…rrr…uh.
And totally agreed about having an open mind. Being open and flexible is super important with house sitting, which I mention in my eBook; Sell All Your Stuff and Become a House Sitter.
Anyway, you can check out more from Clyde and Terry’s Along the Gringo Trail website.
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Now go sell all your stuff!