Moving to Belize to house sit an off the grid property.
Belize will be our home for the next several months. In less than a week Nick and I will be sitting in a plane heading to beautiful Belize. So far this year has gone by in a flash, to say the least. This will be our first ‘out of the country’ house sitting experience and right now we are thrilled, scared and a bit exhausted.
A lot of planning has to go into a move like this. At this point we don’t know if we’ll be gone for 3 months or 1 year or maybe even longer. We will find out for sure once we arrive in Belize and had a chance to scope out the surrounding area. Scroll down to learn more about the country of Belize…
Getting Ready To House Sit In Belize
Packing up the office to House Sit in Belize
As soon as we returned from our winter trip to Germany, we were already starting to pack for our next trip.
Although we downsized when we moved from Minnesota to South Carolina back in May 2013, we had a garage sale and sold about 1/3 of our possessions, we still have a lot of stuff. It is unbelievable how much a person accumulates over a twenty year span.
Of course it didn’t help that Nick and I combined households about six years ago. It seems like we have a lot of items in duplicate and even triplicate. So, here we are again moving things into a storage unit for our upcoming house sitting job in Belize.
Our Storage Unit in Summerville, SC
While getting ready for Belize, we have rented a storage unit large
enough so we could fit in our car, a Ford Focus.
It’s a small car so we didn’t have a big problem finding a unit. The couple at All Safe Storage on Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville, SC, was super friendly and gave us a tremendously good rate, compared to everyone else around.
Our three bedroom townhouse will be rented furnished, that helps a lot. At least we don’t have to lug the big furniture around again. We are lucky to have a renter for the first couple of months already.
Leaving to House Sit in Belize
Our stay in Belize will last between 3 and up to 12 months, and we are traveling very light.
The following will be our only luggage for an extended house sitting job:
- 1 large suitcase filled with clothes and a few extra bottles of sun lotion,
- 1 medium sized suitcase for toiletries, gifts and a couple days worth of clothes,
- 1 computer bag with our laptop and Kindle and
- 1 small back pack containing our camera and misc. items. That’s it!
We are following the following travel/house sitting motto:
What we don’t have, we don’t need!
We will be traveling by bus from Summerville, SC to Charlotte, NC, this will take us all day Monday. Leaving at 9 am in the morning and arriving at 10 pm that night. Should be a fun day, NOT!
On Tuesday we will be flying from Charlotte to Belize City, Belize, arriving in the early afternoon! Our home owners are kind enough to pick us up from the airport and we’ll go from there.
Our future home, a small fishing resort in Belize
Steppingstones is a tiny resort nestled between
the jungle and the Caribbean ocean.
There is no road leading up to this off the grid place, and the only sounds are the cries of birds and the lapping of the waves, or so we’re told.
Do you think we are crazy to house sit in Belize or are you a little bit jealous? Leave your comments below.
Are you thinking about visiting Belize yourself? Read more about the best time to visit Belize from Kirsten on her ultimate Belize travel guide.
Learn more about Belize (Source: Wikipedia):
- Belize bəˈliːz/ is a country on the northeastern coast of Central America.
- It is the only country in the area that has English as the official language.
- Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea.
- Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide.
- Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons.
- From 1862 to 1973, its name was British Honduras.
- The Maya civilization spread itself over what is now Belize beginning in around 1500 BCE
- The country is divided into six districts: Corozal District, Orange Walk District, Belize District, Cayo District, Stann Creek District, and Toledo District.
- Belize is a country with a rich variety of wildlife, because of its unique position between both North and South America.
- Over 60% of Belize’s land surface is covered by forest.
- The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometers (190 mi) long section of the 900 kilometers (560 mi) long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.
- The National Flower of Belize is the Black Orchid.
We will write more about our experiences in Belize, our house sitting experiences and this eco-resort when we get to the Monkey River Village and a bit settled in.
Would you want to house sit in Belize? Leave us a comment below, we would love to hear from you.