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We are boomers who sold everything we own and now travel with a carry on each. As boomer travelers and housesitters 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.
Traveling as digital nomads and housesitters we focus on European adventures and we hope to eventually choose a place to call home. We have spent a considerable amount of time exploring Ireland and Spain and they have become our top 2 countries to live in but not yet – we are still exploring.
We are not millenials we are ass end baby boomers, lucky enough to retire in our mid-50’s that have no great income but we choose to spend our money on travel and experience. 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.
We also contribute practical information and resources to promote an easy-going travel lifestyle. In short, we provide content geared for mature, active, and inquisitive travelers. We also write about the practicalities of choosing a place to retire to. We are lucky enough to have Irish and Canadian citizenship and we show you how to get an EU passport if you have EU Ancestors. Or how to retire to areas like Mexico and Ireland if you want to live in another country.
We like to say that our kids wouldn’t run away from home so we did.
Alan and I met in 1993 and have been together ever since. Our 3 boys are now in their late 20’s and early 30’s and we tried very hard to get them to travel. So when they wouldn’t that was when we set into place our plans to run away and travel.
Alan took early retirement and we decided to move to Mexico. We chose a small village in the Yucatan called Chelem and we moved with 2 giant suitcases and settled into a rented house. The Yucatan, near Merida is a pretty damn cool place but it is relentlessly hot. So hot that when you get up at 6am and sit outside having a coffee you are drenched in sweat before you take a mouthful.
However, it was Mexico that inspired us to start housesitting. Our first job was a fill in for an emergency sit and it grew from there. We decided after a couple of housesits we would take the plunge and go full-time and try to get to Europe. We applied for dozens of sits and our first success was a job in Ireland with 7 dogs, sitting in Tipperary.
We have been non stop housesitting ever since. We have housesat in Dublin, Donegal, Tipperary, County Down, Cork, Berkshire in the UK, Yorkshire, London, Spain, and Cyprus. In between sits we find various accommodations from Air B&B, Homeway and we use a lot of Groupon coupons for great hotel stays. Sometimes we want a little luxury and sometimes we want a clean cheap place to stay.
On XYUandBEYOND we explore the places we are privileged to live in through housesitting and write about them on our blog.
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 housesitting and travelling and we are passionate about sharing the places, destinations and experiences that mean so much to us.
We started travelling full-time nearly 3 years ago and this year we created our blog XYUandBeyond. In less than six months our combined social media reach is over 15,000 active and engaged connections. We combine our professional background in journalism and marketing with our firsthand travel experience to bring our partners original, multi-platform media packages. We’re enthusiastic about providing custom stories for all types of print and online publications, and building reach and engagement through social media.
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