August 19, 2017 20 comments

Exciting News!!

Those who have been following us for the past 2-1/2 years know that our Vagabond Retirees lifestyle has come into fruition largely because of a fantastic company, Trusted Housesitters. We’ve completed 16 house sits through them now (on our 17th here in Scotland), and we’ve had the best time EVER!! So much so, that we’ve chosen to take on more assignments than originally planned, almost turning it in to a full-time gig. What started off as wanting to do enough assignments to cover 2 or 3 months a year, has ended up being about 42 weeks of sitting for 2017.
So, let’s get to the point of this post. Last week we were housesitting in Brighton, UK (a great, vibrant, lively beach city!), when we received this email (I’ve taken out names, email addresses but Geoff is the homeowner who we just left in Cornwall) from Trusted Housesitters.

Dear Linda and Mark,
We have heard at Trustedhousesitters that your currently in Brighton and that you have been travelling all over the world via the trustedhousesitters website.
Geoff came to us today to ask for us to set up your retrospective dates so they can leave you a glowing review and explained to me that you have committed to this for the last couple of years and we would love to hear from you as its always a pleasure to speak to people who have gained so much experience through us.
My colleague (removed by us), our social media representative asked me to give you her direct email address on the chance she can talk to you and even meet you while your in Brighton as we are also located here! Her email is (removed by us). If you put your phone number in the email she will give you a call and chat further.
From all at the office, heres a big thank you for representing this company so well. Stories like yours inspire us to continue doing what we do.
Kind regards, (name removed)
Membership Services Advisor

Wow! We were flabbergasted to say the least! We emailed the Social Media Representative, and had to settle for a telephone chat instead of a face-to-face meeting. We were leaving that day for York, and she was finishing up her own housesitting assignment in London. She wanted to know all about our experiences, and mostly the “whys” behind our wanting to house and pet sit. Our primary reason for doing what we do is that we gain great satisfaction from helping people who want to go on holidays, alleviating the worry about what to do with their pets. They get to go away knowing that their fur and feathered family are being loved and cared for in their own homes, and we get to see the world, live like the locals, and get our fix of loving animals without having to pay for accommodations (the win/win for both parties).
So, by the end of our conversation, we were asked to be Ambassadors for Trusted Housesitters! What does this mean? Well, we will continue to do what we’ve been doing all along…singing their praises…only now we’ll have business cards that will enable us to represent the company on an official basis.

You’ll also find a “Join Trusted Housesitters” button on our pages throughout our site. You, our readers, will continue to receive a discount, and we’ll receive a small commission when you join through our website.
We ONLY sit through Trusted Housesitters, no other companies, and we are very passionate about what we do. So, for us it’s easy to promote a company that we truly believe in!
So, our page called “Housesitting” will be completed soon. Stay tuned, and Happy Trails!

Linda and Mark

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  1. How wonderful for you both! One question: being outside Canada for so long, how does this impact your Canadian pensions? Just curious for who knows at some point I might be interested in doing just what you are doing! What an adventure!

    1. Hi Gail! It has absolutely no affect on Canadian pensions (we don’t collect them yet, we’re 57 and 58), but even still, it doesn’t affect them. The only thing you have to really concern yourself with is our Healthcare System. We have Worldwide Health Insurance that enables us to be outside of Ontario for more than our allotted 212 days per year, and every province is different, and it provides us coverage when we come back and have to wait the 90 days for Ontario Health Insurance to kick back in.

  2. Wow! How exciting – congratulations! It’s not difficult to promote and be excited about a company you’re passionate about. I thoroughly enjoy following your travels and hope to follow in your footsteps very soon!
    Cheers from Chatham-Kent

  3. Hi Linda! I love following your lives! You are true vagabonds! I will pm you through your own FB page! Happy adventures! Glenda

    1. Hi Glenda! So glad that you are following our adventures…it’s been the best decision we’ve ever made. It also warms my heart that after all these years we are still in touch. Keep well, my friend, and maybe one day we can meet up and have a glass of Pinot! xo

    1. You’ve still got a lot of good years left in you!! You would definitely love it over here! Going to the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo on Tuesday night, so stay tuned! We arrived the day after the MacLeod Clan was performing! Would have liked to have seen that!

  4. Congratulations to you both…doing what you love and being recognized for it. As you said, it’s a “win/win” for everyone….

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  6. congratulations Linda and Mark your Dad would be so proud and envious of all the travelling. especially you Mark with the golf courses over there. He has probably had a hole in one on the heavenly greens. Love Joan

    1. Thank you, Joan. I’m sure dad is golfing alongside Mark, and yes, he’s probably had at least one hole in one up there. Take care, and we’ll talk soon. Linda xo

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