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Columnists > Vanessa Anderson


Vanessa Anderson
A full time international expat house sitter and publisher of House Sitting - The ultimate lifestyle magazine. Vanessa has been traveling the world continuously since 2013 with her partner Ian Usher, working remotely and looking after other peoples properties and pets. Having sold most of their possessions, they prefer the freedom to explore the world, living as locals for extended periods in different countries. Vanessa writes about the joys and challenges or living a nomadic expat lifestyle.


Vanessa Anderson

Where Do I Put My Stuff When House Sitters Arrive?

Posted by: VanessaAnderson on Sunday September 03, 2017 (21:25:59)   (9590 Reads)
Have you ever wondered what you do with your stuff when you use house sitters?

Using house sitters really is the perfect way to leave your home, pets and possessions in the hands of someone reliable, while you travel on a vacation, or go back home to see family and friends.

For many, the prospect of the pets being loved and cared for without any upheaval is enough reassurance to set-off on holiday, care free and sure that all at home will be tickety-boo!    more ...


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Do You Need A Break From Your Expat Lifestyle?

Posted by: VanessaAnderson on Sunday April 09, 2017 (21:00:35)   (10361 Reads)
Is your expat home remote? This is one we looked after in Australia
I'm sure many of us, as expats, relate to this scenario.

You dreamed of retiring and living overseas, and finally your dream became a reality. The excitement was palpable, as was the thrill of having something new to focus on.

I know, because as a serial expat, I've been there, watching as I and others slowly came down from the high and settled into a routine, with the eventual realization that the dream wasn't quite living up to expectations.    more ...


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How I Became A Nomadic Expat After Living In Panama

Posted by: Scar on Friday February 10, 2017 (16:49:31)   (2448 Reads)
For some of us, expat living wasn’t necessarily a conscious plan.

For others it might have arisen out of a need for dramatic change in our lives. Even retirement is a life changing event, where the urge or necessity to reinvent yourself finally becomes stronger than the desire to remain safe and secure in your present circumstances.

I have always had a love of travel and change, but I think my latest lifestyle choice took all my friends and family, including me, by surprise!    more ...


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Try Before You Buy With House Sitting

Posted by: VanessaAnderson on Thursday January 19, 2017 (02:46:52)   (15030 Reads)
Are you considering moving abroad? I'm guessing that's why you might be here, browsing the pages of "Expat Focus".

But how do you know you're doing the right thing when buying a home in another country?

How do you figure out if you'll even like living there?    more ...