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Posted 31 Mar, 2014 | 24 Comments
Posted in: Grenada, Our Story

Somehow, our two and a half months in Mexico and Belize have come to an end and we’re shocked that we fly out on April 1st, tomorrow! Over the past few months, we’ve been giving you little hints and mentioning that we’re going somewhere fantastic for our first pet-sitting job with Trusted House Sitters. Our subscribers were the first to know, but now it’s time to tell the world where we’re off to!

“Where?” you ask…

We’ve landed the ultimate dream job on the Caribbean Island of Grenada!

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Wondering where Grenada is?

We were sitting in the courtyard of our hotel in Shiraz, Iran when the email came through. We wanted to scream “YES!” through our computer when we read that we were asked to come to Grenada, a place we had been talking about visiting for a long time. Our stomachs fluttered and our hands shook as we wrote back the home owner. She wanted us to take care of her beloved pooch while she leaves on holiday.

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We were both so excited that I think we came off a little bit too anxious. We said a lot of things like “can you confirm?”, “we’re waiting for your response”, etc. Which may be a turn-off for a potential home owner, especially one who lives on a very slow-paced, chilled-out island in the Caribbean.

Luckily for us, after some back and forth emails, she agreed that we were the perfect candidates to take care of her pup!

Typically with house sitting jobs, you take care of a pet as well as a home. In this case, the home owners have a resort with 5 cottages right on the beach. Instead of looking after their house, we will be given our own private cottage with kitchen! The owners are also providing us with a vehicle, kayak, peddleboat and snorkel gear.

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Can’t wait to do some snorkelling and kayaking in Grenada!

Our duties include: loving and walking the dog, Spare, bringing our garbage cans up to the top of the hill for garbage day and doing some very light gardening near the house. Of course, we will be working on our website while we’re there. It’ll be the perfect break from travelling around and we should be able to get lots of work done.

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Meet Spare! Our furry companion for the next while

This job is a bit different from most because we are doing a split-shift. We sit from April 1 – June 9, then have 7 weeks off, and are back from July 29 – November 3 (ish)

We’re still not sure what we’ll do during our 1.5 month break, but we’ll either stay on the island or possibly go somewhere in Central America.

Where do you think we should go on our “break”?

The excitement is just oozing from our pores and we can’t wait to get to the island, meet our new furry friend and see our home for the next little while. We’re both looking forward to unpacking – something that we haven’t done in about 9 months.

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Our room in Belize. We can’t wait to have a place to put all of this stuff!

Stick around for loads of stories from this pristine island, information about house sitting, and of course, pictures and articles about our new home and four-legged companion, Spare!

GOAT NOTE:

As usual, there’s about a 4 week delay in publication on this website, as we are trying to get all caught up on our journey through Mexico and Belize. To keep current with what we’re up to, make sure to follow our Facebook Page and  Twitter Page

Have you ever been to Grenada? Any tips for us? Share with us below!

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,Β  WiseBreadΒ and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

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24 thoughts on “The Big Reveal…Where Are We Going Next?!

  1. Congrats on landing such a dream sit! It is so amazing that they reached out to YOU! Not the other way around. Two months is such a cozy amount of time for a sit! It allows for you to really unpack, get very well acquainted with the area, and (of course) catch up on the website!

    Hope that the sit is all you’ve hope it would be!!

    1. Thanks guys! We were pretty stoked that she contacted us as well. I think the 2 months with a break in between before doing 3 more months will be good…we’re looking forward to some nesting πŸ™‚

      Cheers!

  2. Wow, cool! Zab’s grandfather was from Grenada and he still has some family there, so we’d love to visit together (I’ve never been, though he has just once). I’m really interested to see what you guys make of the island!

  3. Enjoy it. I have been living vicariously through winter though your last two months of beaches and sunshine. Can’t wait to see how you experience Grenada.

    1. It looks like a beautiful place. I hope you enjoy our stories, tips and info from this island country πŸ™‚

  4. What a cool job!! A cute pup, too. Can’t wait to see what you guys have to say about Grenada… I love the new look of your site too!

    1. Thanks Katie πŸ™‚ We’re now in Grenada and I can say that Spare is even cuter in real life!

      Cheers for the comment.

  5. Congratulations that sounds absolutely amazing! Your blog has really opened my eyes to the possibility of continuing to travel through working abroad rather than putting all my eggs in one basket – savings.

    Have a blast, i can’t wait to read about it πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Lisa,

      So glad to hear that we’ve inspired you! That’s our aim πŸ™‚ There are many options when it comes to working abroad. we’ll be writing more about house sitting and other options in the future!

      Cheers!

  6. That’s so awesome! I would love to get to dog sit for just about any dog but to get to do it in Grenada is awesome! Hope y’all are having fun and enjoying getting to unpack for a while. It really seems like the perfect get up, especially since they provided almost everything you needed!

    1. Thanks Taylor. It seems to be just what we need right now πŸ™‚ We’re excited to stay put for a little bit and unpack!

      Cheers.

  7. Only four weeks? Wow, my delay is more around four months….oopsie! Don’t get me wrong, I occasionally pump out some immediate posts if the situation warrants, but not my personal posts.

    Anyway, CONGRATS on the new job! That is awesome….cannot wait to see some great photos and hear about life in Grenada. That should be a nice change of pace and maybe even give y’all a chance to get that four week delay down to four days πŸ˜‰ Have fun and keep in touch!

    1. 4 months! Wow, we thought we were behind πŸ˜‰ haha. We’re hoping to get lots of websiting done while we’re here, but also are really looking forward to hanging out with our new furry friend and exploring this island nation!

      Cheers.
      ps. what do you think of the design…? πŸ™‚

  8. Awesome score! Dog-sitting? I didn’t even know that was a thing!! Great work – can’t wait to hear about Grenada πŸ™‚

    1. haha, yep, it’s a thing!
      When people want to go travelling, it costs a lot of money for kennels and it’s so impersonal and not exactly a great place for a dog to be. This way, the pet gets to stay home and the owners are relaxed knowing that he’s safe and sound.

  9. Congrats guys! Grenada sounds like a great place to call home for a while.

    I’ve really wanted to try out house sitting… maybe I should finally fill out my profile πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Beth πŸ™‚

      We’re really excited to be here. House/Pet Sitting is a great way to see the world, especially if you’re location independent.

      Cheers.

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