About Us – Our Story So Far


We are Vanessa Anderson and Ian Usher, a full-time house sitting couple, who together publish House Sitting Magazine – the leading house sitting lifestyle resource.

As two travel addicts, our paths crossed in London back in 2013. Ian was passing through on his return to Panama. Just a couple of months later, I joined him and we’ve been together ever since!

Ian’s story began much earlier in 2008. Believing his life to be on a happy trajectory, after emigrating to Perth, Australia, he was knocked sideways when his wife announced she was leaving him. What happened next catapulted Ian into the media headlines. The short story is that he decided to sell his whole life on eBay and complete 100 bucket list goals in 100 weeks. That resulted in worldwide publicity, a movie deal with Walt Disney, and the purchase of a Caribbean island in Panama.

The best way to learn more about this phase of Ian’s life is to watch his inspiring TEDx talk, and the documentary produced by Channel 5 :

Hearing about our story, the producers of the popular UK TV program, “Ben Fogle – New Lives in the wild”, visited  us in Panama, and made a plan for Ben to spend a week living on our remote island. Ben and the Channel 5 film crew arrived to make a fascinating documentary of our new life together.

Ben is a perceptive guy, and at the end of the program made an observation that we were now on our own adventure, and he suspected we’d soon be moving on. He was correct in every way. The island was great, but there was so much more in the world for us to see and experience together.  And of course, we discovered “house sitting”.

It was an easy transition for us to become international house sitters and we set off in 2014 to embrace a location independent lifestyle together. Travel and house sitting has become our passion, and we spend a lot of time helping others achieve their own unique lifestyle design.

In 2016 we acquired “House Sitting Magazine” and started a support group on Facebook for the house sitting and nomadic communities. We’ve spent a lot of time building our knowledge and expertise in the house and pet sitting niche, and regularly guest post for other publications too.  We’ve appeared on national radio and television in both the UK and Australia talking about the house sitting lifestyle.

You’ll find some of the available links below.

Exciting times lie ahead – but the question remains “why do we live in the way we do?”

I guess quite simply because we can, and we’ve actively designed our lives to make this possible! After selling our properties and possessions we were amazed at the feeling of freedom. Being able to travel perpetually, and live and work as nomads, is totally liberating.

House sitting allows this to happen, and creating an unbiased magazine to encourage others to experience more from their lives, is our way of giving back to the community. We are part of a trust based sharing community that fosters a level of generosity that often doesn’t exist when a service is paid for. This is what we value and will continue to promote.

TV appearances:

“Today” – Channel 9 Australia
“Today Tonight” – Channel 7 Australia


Featured In:

ChrisGuillebeau.com – How To See the World as a Full-Time House Sitter

Daily Mail Online Femail – Meet the Real Robinson Crusoe

Ignite Magazine – Ian Usher – A Man of Adventure

Daily Mail – Full-time House Sitters Who Have Traveled the World

Expat Focus – How I became a Nomadic Expat

50sowhat – Live Like Millionaires…

Guest Posts

Virgin.com (Ian is a regular contributor) – Virgin Author Link

Expat Focus – Where Do I Put My Stuff When The House Sitters Arrive (Vanessa)

Expat Focus – Try Before You Buy with House Sitting (Vanessa)

TrustedHousesitters – Coping with Tropical Climates When House & Pet Sitting

TravelPassMag.com – House Sitting Makes Travel More Affordable

Best Places in the World To Retire To – Three Simple Steps to a Life of Freedom

Best Places in the World To Retire To – Why We Move Abroad

PassingThru.com – House Sitting in a Hurricane

Globerovers Magazine – House Sitting – A World of Opportunities

ToTravelToo – International House Sitting – A World of Opportunity


Second Half Comeback – The Man Who Sold His Life on Ebay

Go Hunt Life – Ian’s story

Join Up Dots – House Sitting My Way To Number One

Expat Focus – House Sitting with Vanessa Anderson