24 April 2019

Couple travels 14 months volunteering and house sitting!

Traveler Interview: 14 months of travel volunteering + house sitting I wanted to interview travelers that I know to give you different ideas on how YOU can travel ...

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house sitting in different places. Why did you do house sitting? - Main reason number one was because of the dogs. We heard that there was a way to have free pets when we're traveling. (laughs) - There you go. Truth comes out. - Hey guys, my name is Shayla and I make these videos every Wednesday. I have been traveling and YouTube-ing full time since 2015. And this week, (imitates angelic chorus) - Cale and Chelsea, or Chelsea and Cale. We went to high school together, and I've been watching you guys travel all over and volunteer in different places, and I was like, okay, when we're all in the same place, I'd like to interview you. But I'm going to let them introduce themselves. - Hello, everyone! (laughs) We just spent the last 14 months traveling to 20 different countries, and we just got back a couple weeks ago. Our focus was animal conservation and volunteer. - We are Sea to Cea. - We made a clothing brand. Eco-friendly clothing. - And we traveled with the mentality of ecotourism, which is focused on animals

and eco... Earth? (laughs) - Eco-Earth - Eco-Earth! - I think that's perfect! - In essence of Spread the Good, which is our tagline. - They were also able to travel house sitting in different places. I put on my Instagram, hey, I'm interviewing these guys today. And a few people had some questions, We're going to answer a couple of questions from Instagram. Savannah said, What country has felt most like home? - That's such a hard question to answer! One place that we went to that we significantly remember, and that was South Africa. - Cape Town felt like home because you're around everything that makes you comfortable. Coffee shops, your breweries, your restaurants. We almost cut off the rest of the trip, but we had to say no. - That's crazy. (laughs) - A couple people asked, When did you know it was time to leave? And my response to that was, When you've got too comfortable and lazy in a spot. Where you'd lounge around the place until 11. Odd complex of, like, We need to move along. - Were you planning on being gone for 14 months when you started?

- Our plan was a year. - Yeah. - You went all the way around? - Yeah. - [Chelsea] We started in South America, we spent three months there, no, four months there. Three months in Africa, a month and a half in Europe. We spent two and a half months in Asia, and finished in Australia and New Zealand. - And what country surprised you the most? - I think we could agree on Vietnam. It kind of forced you to be in Vietnam. It wasn't really easy to go get a certain type of food. - It's Vietnamese coffee, it's Vietnamese pho. - Yeah. - And it was amazing. - What was your biggest takeaway from being gone for a year, traveling? - We go into things thinking a little different than we did prior to leaving. How impactful you're being to the environment. Finding ways to reduce your plastic consumption. Seeing firsthand where it ends up on the beaches in Bali or Sri Lanka. And actually doing beach cleanups, and then, all of a sudden, ending up in Lakeville, Minnesota, where I'm putting vegetables in plastic. You definitely think harder and learn about where everything's going. How you can be impactful in your daily lives.

- And another one, consumerism. Oh man, that's on Amazon, I can get five of those for five dollars? I'll buy 10 of those! Living out of backpacks, you realize your true essentials, what you need to actually live and survive. - I think that you learn to live minimally. And you consciously are like, I'm not going to buy this, because I have to carry this around. Me moving here, I'm like, I need a nightstand. Oh, we should probably have another dresser because I've got stuff. It's giving me anxiety 'cause now I'm like, I've got all these things! Do we need it, or, what's its function? - Is it a want or a need? - Yeah, exactly. - Yeah. - The last question that a lot of people ask me all the time, and that a lot of people were-- Bless you, Seth! (laughs) How much did you have to start, and how much did it cost to do all these things? And we talked about this off camera. It's hard to answer. - It honestly comes down to your lifestyle. Cale and I really didn't go out to eat that much, or we didn't go out for beer or wine. - I think also, like, where you're staying. House sit, where it's going to cost you nothing.

Or you can stay in a hotel for $100 a night, or you can stay at a hostel for $20 a night. Those three are going to be such a big factor. You guys were like, We're going to be gone for a year. So obviously, you had to have money saved up. I was like, I'm just going to be gone for like, a month. So I left with $2,000. I was traveling to live, and make money, and work, and you guys were traveling, volunteering, not expecting money coming in like I was. - Right. - And so , it's really hard to-- - Have an exact amount. - A hundred percent. - Yeah, 'cause it all just depends on, like, are you planning on being gone forever? Are you planning on working while you're gone? - Also just utilize your resources. In Europe, we basically stayed the whole time for free because we stayed with friends, stayed with families. Don't be afraid to reach out and say, hey, I'm traveling, I would love to experience your culture. - People are typically psyched to host you. - Yeah! - Where, for example, in South America, it probably boiled down to, would you say, $35, $40 a day? - Yeah. - Including breakfast, lunch, dinner, sleeping, volunteer, kind of the average that we looked for.

For somewhere like Europe, it sometimes could be $60 a day. - Well, you said New Zealand and Australia were more like 100 or 200. - A hundred a night. - Yeah. - Yes. That is very true and it was insane. - If someone's trying to find a low budget, I would recommend Southeast Asia or South America. - Yes. - Would you say that's for cheap? - Yes. - Yes, a hundred percent. - They were also able to travel house sitting in different places. Why did you do house sitting? - Main reason number one was because of the dogs. We heard that there was a way to have free pets when we're traveling. (laughs) - There you go! - Or, I mean, it was definitely 'cause of the free place to stay. - Yeah. - I mean, that's a huge perk. - So, we had heard from a friend, there was literally a way where you can watch people's pets. And also have a free place to stay. - It's not just dogs. Cats, fish, you can feed fish in someone's house in a foreign country. Pigs, horses... (laughs) Chickens, you can watch a pen of chickens.

- Oh, that's-- - Am I missing anything? - Plants. - Plants, you can water plants. - How do you find someone's house in another country to watch their animals? - TrustedHousesitters is this really beautiful app that we definitely recommend. Very reliable. You have a whole background check. The first house sitters that we did, which also was just the total home run, grand slam, was Switzerland. And we went up the Alps, we watched two golden retrievers. It was a total heart thief. (laughs) They were both amazing. It allows you to have a home. Usually, they're able to say, hey, use the kitchen. You know, Use the TV. Binge-watch The Office. A yearly membership, and you can renew after the year, if you want. - How much is the year-long membership? - Like, 119, 120. - So, we actually have a way to give you 25 percent off if you did want to sign up for a membership. And it pays for itself. - Nice, you can do quick math. - In five days of-- - Yeah, no kidding. - And it's all over the world.

It typically tends to be first-world countries where people have pets, and who do travel for vacation or work. - So, the other way that you guys were traveling was through volunteer. Volunteering with animals, planting trees. Do you want to talk a little bit about how somebody would do that, or like, some of your experiences? - Platforms we use when traveling. The two favorite ones, reliable websites, are WorkAway.info and GivingWay.com. GivingWay is a trusted platform. NGOs and nonprofit organizations host on this website. So you can then search for anything from I want to work with people, I'm a dentist, I want to worth with the Earth, break it down by country. The amount of detail GivingWay asks the organizations to host on their platform kind of does their own background check. Our experience, we asked them a handful of questions, so that we had everything covered. It's travel, so you got to show up, and you got to be prepared for what's thrown at you. Into this little village. First introduction to the house was the bathroom. It's something neither of us were prepared for, we're showering out of a bucket. Heat the water yourself. - No running water

no electricity. - Over the stove. - How long were you there? - One month. - Yeah. - Something we experienced with travel is, sometimes the most difficult places hold the biggest spots in your heart sometimes, where you have to overcome, and feel, and have misery and happiness all in one spot. - That's what travel is. - Yeah. - It's just adapting to it, and keeping a positive attitude. 'Cause if you just keep a positive attitude, usually something good happens. - Yes, one of the biggest questions, or actually, I should say one of the biggest surprises, is a lot of people see volunteer, and they just assume it literally means volunteering your time, you're not paying for anything. It's probably more uncommon if you don't have to pay. You have breakfast, lunch, dinner. You're staying with a host family for a month, it's not just a free, you know, hey, I'm here, I have my time. - And that's kind of what we talked about. You being there is costing something. - We kind of look at it like, okay, so, we spent a month on that Galapagos Islands. If we did that and just vacationed there, or just went there, it would cost four times as much as it did for us to volunteer there.

- And it's a really fascinating way to meet and work with local people. Get invited to a homemade dinner, or a get-together at a pub. - How do you know if you're going to a place that's ethical, a place that's safe? - Part of making sure a volunteer program or organization is legit, doing your due diligence. Google, look at reviews, the website testimonial, Facebook reviews. You can go cross-eyed reading review after review. (laughs) Literally a thousand reviews. - Yeah. - But it helps you out, 'cause you'll find out you sleep with bug nets in the house, and some people are okay with that, some people aren't. - Exactly! I think you have to read through the reviews. - Yes. - Because it's like, oh good, they've got bed nets, or bug nets, so we don't have to sleep with bugs. And other people are like, that means there's going to be lots of bugs. - They're doing that. - Yeah. - Yeah. - WorkAway is a tool that we utilize that allows you to work in exchange for a free place to stay. You know, helping out in the hostel for four hours in the morning, or helping work at a restaurant.

A great way to, you know, take down the cost of your place to stay. - Right. - Cool, I feel like we've covered all of our points! (claps) Woohoo, nice! - Nice! - Only three batteries and here we go. Thank you guys so much for coming on, and if you guys have any questions for volunteer, or for house sitting, they can, actually, you can put it in the comments below and then, you guys want to just comment on YouTube? - Yeah, we can help. - Otherwise, what would be the best, like, Instagram? - Instagram. - Yeah, Instagram. We get lots of questions there. - Okay, so we're going to put the links below of the TrustedHousesitters, you guys use WorkAway, I use Worldpackers, you also use, what's the volunteer one? - GivingWay. - GivingWay. - GivingWay. And, if you want to check out their clothing line, you can check that out. Go in the description below and you can see all of the things. - All of the things. - All of the things. - All of the things. (laughs) - Thank you for having us!

- Yeah of course, thank you guys so much for coming on. - Yeah, this was so fun. - No, I'm glad that we could meet up, it's been perfect. Alright, we'll see you guys all next Wednesday. Muah, bye! - Bye - Ciao. (whimsical accordion music)