Our Own Private Hotel for Free in Beach-Town Mexico

The warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are just steps from “our” nine-room boutique hotel on the outskirts of  Celestún on the Yucatán peninsula, where we're currently housesitting. Most mornings my husband, Michael, and I have the beautiful white-sand beach and some of the clearest waters in the Yucatán all to ourselves.

How We Travel the World and Save $30,000 a Year in Accommodation Costs

My husband Michael and I just celebrated a big "travel" anniversary. After traveling full time for over five years, we are neither broke, nor burnt out. The reason that we still love our nomadic life is because we've figured out a way to travel that saves us up to $30,000 a year in accommodation costs and has helped keep us sane.

These Expats Escaped to the Beach in Panama

Cynthia West bounced through the door vibrating with the news she was about to tell her husband Robert. He listened with mounting glee as she explained her medical company's plan to inject some younger blood into the workforce. They were offering an early retirement package—one that would give Cynthia "an avenue of escape" from her high stress, 10-hour-a-day job in Silicon Valley. She grabbed the opportunity. Though Robert, 62, was working part-time...

Pay Nothing for Your Accommodation While You Travel the World

In exchange for looking after the house, garden, pets, and pool, my husband Michael and I have saved around $24,000 in accommodation costs. Whether you want a dream vacation or to sample a retirement destination, the trick to being successful is to stand out from the crowd. Competition is fierce, with many homeowners receiving 20 to 60 responses to their "housesitter needed" advertisements. Here's how you can join this group of savvy travelers and score the best housesitting gigs around the world.