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Getting Ready For Belize

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/Care Take In Belize

Packing 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 belongings, 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.

Storage Unit in Summerville, SC

Our Storage Unit in Summerville, SC

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 For Belize

Our stay in Belize will last between 3 and up to 12 months, and we are traveling very light. We are bringing 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, my computer bag with our laptop and Kindle, and a small back pack containing our camera and misc. items. That’s it!

We are following the 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.

House Sitting Stepping Stones Resort in Belize

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 place, and the only sounds are the cries of birds and the lapping of the waves, or so we’re told.

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 Fun in Belize, our house sitting experiences and this eco-resort when we get to the Monkey River Village and a bit settled in.

What do you think about our move to Belize? Think we’re crazy or are you a little bit jealous? Leave us a comment below, we would love to hear from you.

 

9 Responses to Getting Ready For Belize

  • Thank you, I’ve recently been looking for information about this topic and yours is the
    greatest I’ve discovered till now.

    • I want to go, let us know how it was

      • Hi Carol, we ended up staying in Belize for only two months instead of the original ten months. We met wonderful people in Belize – we’re still contact with many of them – but the resort was too remote for us and our living expenses were much more than we anticipated.

        We wrote several more articles under the ‘Fun in Belize’ category about our experiences in Belize.

        • Do you know if they might still need a house sitter? I don’t mind remote. My email is tallartist@hotmail.com. Thanks

        • Hi Gretchen, The fishing resort in Belize we were care takers for is no longer being maintained. We just received an email from the couple that live just down the way from it, we are still friends with them. Sadly the buildings are slowly deteriorating and the boat dock has already been claimed by the sea. Your best bet on finding a gig is to check out some of the house sitting/care taking sites on this page: https://www.jagerfoods.com/house-sitting/
          We’ve had the best luck with the ‘Luxury Housesitting’ site.

          Good Luck and have a fantastic year.
          Silke

  • I’m nit just a little bit jealous……I’m WAY jealous! I’ve wanted to move to Belize for quite awhile now. My husband is a bit more reluctant…..but I keep the faith that he will eventually come around! Maybe house sitting is a way to “visit” and give us time to be able to check around in the area for buying a home and/or investment property, and get a feel for the people and community there. Best of luck in your house sitting adventure! Can’t wait to hear all about what you learn!

  • Hi Janet, You should definitely visit Belize before investing in a property. A vacation or better yet, a house sitting gig, would be perfect. I have seen several house sitting ads online near Placencia over the past few years. Be sure to leave the tourist areas and venture out on your own to experience the country and its people.

    We are caretaking a property in Hawaii at the moment, its a little bit different than house sitting. Once we get back to living in our own home we will probably start house sitting again.

    Good luck in your pursuits Janet! It hope it will all works out well for you.

  • I want to house and pet sit in Belize. And get some pay to offset my expenses. I have friends living outside Hopkins. Any suggestions on how to find short and long term jobs ?

    • Hi Mary, This site is good for finding long and short term care taking positions:

      Also, word of mouth works if you could have your friends hang up some flyers or you could also post on Facebook pages specific to the region you want to go to. I know there are a few different Belize pages you can check out.

      Good Luck! Let me know how it turns out for you.

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