Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
— Ben Franklin

in 2018-2019, i embarked on an epic journey of living internationally rent-free for nearly a year. You can do this, too: as a short 2-week stint, or a longer stretch. Even if you have kids. Think your own personal international writing retreat, a cheaper way to do research for a book, a break to fill your creative well.

This is the ultimate creative life hack for writers.

:: In this time, I wrote four books, did deep research for two of them that required i visit archives and sites in three countries, and paid off nearly all my debt (rent-free, remember?). On the way, I visited some of the wonders of the world, crossed a few things off my bucket list, traipsed about beautiful cities, played with some great animals, and lived in other people’s international homes. I even, for a time, had my very own English garden. ::


Read More About My Housesitting Experience Here


Want to do a quick trip down the housesitting rabbit hole? Head on over to the Inspiration Portal, where I’ve got some key links to begin your research. While you’re at it, check out my Sits Ahoy! Insta, where my husband posts our random adventures while we’re abroad.