As ass end boomer travellers and what are considered “mature travellers” and house sitters we travel the world on a retirement budget, with the occasional splurge and we hope to introduce folks to fantastic food, places, people and beautiful areas that they may never have discovered on a traditional vacation.
Hi, my name is Faith (Coates) and I have been travelling and house sitting now for 5 years. My hubs and I ran away from home over 5 years ago and haven’t looked back. We are “mature travellers”, which makes me laugh since we are the least “mature” people we know. It’s a sort of 50 is the “new black” or something like that.
Hubs would zip line, skydive, sail, swim in cenotes and jump of large cliffs. I, on the other hand, am a little more subdued and due to things like RA and a few other conditions a tad less inclined to jump off cliffs.
Our first travel foray was when we moved to Mexico, Chelem on the Yucatan Peninsula to be exact where we lived for a year.
Although we made some great friends and had a wonderful adventure our hearts were really into exploring Europe so we moved. We couldn’t really afford to live in Europe with a very limited pension and a small online income so we took up house sitting and travelling that way.
At the tail end of the baby boomer madness, we over 50’s are seeking ways to travel that won’t break the bank but allow us to enjoy travel in a meaningful way. We discovered house sitting and we are currently in Europe and planning on exploring house sitting internationally for the next few years. Not only does this appeal to us older folks, but we are finding that many millennials on a budget are fascinated by the potential to explore the world and not camp.
We are exploring having a home base and have chosen Donegal, Ireland as our base so you will be seeing a lot of information and articles on Ireland as it has truly stolen our hearts.
We are not millennials we are ass end boomers, lucky enough to retire in our mid-50’s we don’t have a bottomless pension but we choose to spend our money on travel and experiences.
We concentrate on destinations and experiences many in our age group desire: historic sites, beautiful gardens & parks, cities and cultural destinations, food and drink, active travel, and personal connections.
On XYUandBEYOND we explore the places we are privileged to live in and write about them on our blog if your audience is mature travellers like us or simply people who feel the need to travel the world feel free to come and work with us.
We also contribute practical information and resources to promote an easy-going travel lifestyle. In short, we provide content geared for mature (that can be debatable sometimes), active (well given the ageing factor), and curious travellers.
We are often called “brave” for taking the leap and getting out of the consumer culture we were living in. We sold everything and we miss nothing about our “stuff”. Our readers and followers are our inspiration, we truly love to share information about house sitting and travelling and we are passionate about sharing the places, destinations and experiences that mean so much to us.
Currently on the move to Spain for a couple of months house sitting on the Med and then back to Ireland to discover more about this beautiful country we will call home.
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