Housesit hesitations

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Dear Jaclyn and Heidi,
My husband and I have been travelling for six years now. While we are very comfortable in our self-contained motorhome, we also like to break our journey and give ourselves a bit of luxury by doing regular housesits. We have never had a really bad experience but, for some reason, I am absolutely panicked about a job we have agreed to do in the remote NT next wet season. John and I aren’t getting any younger and I fear we may have bitten off more than we can chew in terms both of the number of animals we have to care for, and possibly being cut off by the weather for weeks at a time. I don’t want to spoil our reliable reputation by cancelling but, at the same time, I’ve just got a really bad feeling about this ‘job’. What should I do?

I suspect you are worrying too much, Raelene. I am sure that the people you are housesitting for wouldn’t ask you to do anything you’re not capable of. However, if you are worried about it, the sensible thing to do would be to make contact with the hosts again and just talk through your reservations. Hopefully, they will be able to reassure you and then you won’t have to spend the next few months worrying. I have no doubt that, as experienced housesitters and clearly adventurous ones at that, you will embrace this exciting new experience. But don’t dwell on it, Raelene, pick up the phone or send an email. You’ll either feel happier and start looking forward to the trip to the Top End, or you’ll get confirmation it is not for you and pull out. Either way, keep smiling!

When you reach the ripe old age of whatever age you’ve reached, Raelene you’ve earned the right to live by one golden rule – ‘If it don’t feel right, if it don’t make you happy, then don’t do it!’ The human brain can be a funny thing sometimes and, once we get an idea in our heads, it can be impossible to shake it, no matter how hard we have try to be logical about it. Just cancel the housesitting gig with sincere apologies, Raelene, and concentrate on the next adventure which you do feel good about. It is not ideal … but you are still giving the people plenty of notice and they should be able to find a replacement. With years of reliable housesitting experience under your belt I certainly wouldn’t worry about sullying your reputation. Happy travels, Raelene.


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