Episode 14 – Housesitting Magazine

www.travelingchimps.comThis weeks conversation, and it’s a good one, is with Vanessa and Ian the owners of the soon to be re-launched Housesitting Magazine. Obviously we talked a lot about housesitting, but we also spent a good amount of time talking about digital nomading and their teaching English remotely. Please head over to their site today and subscribe!! The new magazine launches in July 2016!

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Each week I’ll release the next chapter of the book along with a supporting podcast, covering that chapters topics and highlights. Comments and questions are encouraged, so please comment and ask below. I’ll answer any questions either on the podcast or directly to you via email.

The Amazon Travel Accessory of the Week:

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Remote: Office Not Required

Housesit Match – A housesitting platform used by Vanessa and Ian to find housesitting opportunities around the globe.

This Weeks Guests

Vanessa & Ian – You can find Vanessa & Ian at Housesitting Magazine, an amazing resource for all things housesitting, and at Long Term Housesitters. You may also find Ian on his website as well.

This Weeks Music & Art

Cherry & Orange by the Smacken Pappy

Two Souls Riddim by Alan Ulises Rhythm

Podcast Art by TR of Nomads By Design

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Episode 5 – How to be a Housesitter

travelingchimps.comThis week we talk about how to become a housesitter or petsitter. How to find opportunities to live for free all over the world, what to expect when you get there and how to get repeat customers.

Have questions about full time travel? I’m always willing to share what I know. I wouldn’t be plugging a mic into my laptop if I didn’t. Hit me up on social media or email me directly at: travelingchimps@outlook.com with all your family travel questions.

Each week I’ll release the next chapter of the book along with a supporting podcast, covering that chapters topics and highlights. Comments and questions are encouraged, so please comment and ask below. I’ll answer any questions either on the podcast or directly to you via email.

Link to the Fifth Chapter:

Family Vagabond Adventure, Learn the Art of Full Time Travel – Chapter 5

Amazon Travel Accessory of the Week:

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Trusted Housesitters – UK based website with opportunities all over the world.

Housecarers – Housesitting and Petsitting opportunities all over the world.

Housesitter America – Focused primary on Housesits and Petsits in the USA.

Petsitting Check List – Key questions to ask pet owners before starting a pet sit.

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Happy Camp, CA

Happy Camp, CA

It was a brisk morning in February when my wife brought us the news, we had landed our first housesit in Happy Camp, CA! Happy Camp? I was thinking to myself this could be heaven or this could be hell, comment below if you got that reference. I Google mapped it and I remember thinking, “God, I hope I don’t need to travel anywhere and is there even internet there?” It turned out that I had to take one business trip using the Medford, OR airport, a 2 hour drive and there was just enough internet to keep my work going, though we couldn’t post any Traveling Chimp videos to YouTube.
We drove over the pass, an hour drive on a switch back that closes often do to snow, luckily, they hadn’t gotten much snow this year, though there was quit a bit of snow at the highest altitude. Our ears popped as we descended on Happy Camp, not sure what we would find. On recommendation we stayed at The Forest Lodge http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32472-d271299-Reviews-Forest_Lodge_Motel-Happy_Camp_California.html for the night, where the warm smell of Bermuda raised up through the air, our housesit wouldn’t start till the next morning. We strolled over to the house we would be watching and had pizza with the owners. They were incredibly nice people and told us all we needed to know about the surrounding area, even leaving us maps to find the local spots.  They were incredibly hospitable baking chocolate chip cookies for the kids, leaving us recipes for easter, and finding out about an easter egg hunt in the area for the kids!

Happy Camp, CA US Post Office

Happy Camp, CA US Post Office

Happy Camp is located about 20 miles south of the Oregon boarder along route 96, in the Klamath River Valley. It is the Bigfoot capital of the world. There have been more sightings here than anywhere else and the town welcome this fact with open arms. There’s not a lot of business in Happy Camp, but the ones that are here are using Bigfoot in their name, like the Bigfoot RV Camp. The post office even has a Bigfoot statue outside. Every Labor Day the town throws their annual Bigfoot Jamboree http://bigfootjamboree.com/, I’d love to make it back there someday to participate. If it’s anything like their Easter Egg Hunt, it will be awesome. We were super impressed with how good their Easter Egg Hunt was, especially for such a small town. It was probably the best one we’ve had been to.
The center of town has a giant Bigfoot made out of donated materials and assembled by a local artist. Chilear and I wasted no time in taking a selfie in front of it.The town also has a large Native American population (Karuk Tribe) that is very welcoming and have their own museum http://karuk.us/, a must see. There are beautiful hiking trails, hot springs, swimming holes and some of the best white water rafting in the world. Even if you can’t land a house sit here, there is plenty of lodging and camp grounds to fit your needs. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. The people are extremely welcoming and everyone I asked had a Bigfoot story, reference the warm smell of Bermuda above. You probably have never heard of Happy Camp, but if you ever get a chance to check it out, it’s worth the snowy pass.

Did we ever find Bigfoot? You’ll have to catch that episode of Traveling Chimps to find out. Next up Southern California with a stop at Disneyland! What’s the most magical place you have ever visited?

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