260 Seconds – Mark Meyers
International House & Dog Sitter
FWM: How did you become an international house & dog sitter?
MM: I have always loved to travel and when I was in Ecuador, I met a couple who did extended stay travel by house sitting. They introduced me to the online house and pet sitting community. So, the next winter, I decided to give it a try and spent three months house and pet sitting in Ireland. The following year I went to Tuscany and last year I went to Devon, England.
FWM: What do you like best about house sitting?
MM: The opportunities I have to travel. On my first trip to Ireland, I was able to make trips to Normandy, Paris and London. When I was in Devon, I spent a week in Malta.
FWM: Is it strange to stay in someone else’s home?
MM: It is actually very comfortable. It is nice to have a kitchen.
FWM: What have you learned from being a house sitter?
MM: I have seen how helpful people can be and how willing they are to assist someone in need.
FWM: Do you think through these experiences you have a broader world view?
MM: People are more similar than they think. The idea of nationalism is very troubling. It is not the country in which we live that defines us; it is the fact that we are human – and all humans want to be happy, healthy and secure. nomador.com