Some people like remoteness, others run a mile! If you were on your own, how far would you go into the wild for a house sit? I was recently at one with no neighbours, nearest house across two fields, nearest village 2 miles, up a single track lane - not a soul in sight. It was a beautiful area of England. But what would you do if something happened to you eg slipped over, fell, became unwell, unwelcome visitor?
Be interested to hear other sitters views on this.
Love your handle @TravellingWitch
What would you do if you slipped over, fell, became unwell had an unwelcome visitor in a flat in London? You could scream all day and chances are no one will hear you. Or for that matter, what do people do when they go hiking, walking in the woods or driving long distances solo?
I have stayed, several times, 6-8 weeks at a time in remote homestead in Wales where it can be darker than darker, me, the cats and the howl of the wind and no locks on the doors and have felt perfectly comfortable, actually thrilled. I am smiling just remembering and would gladly go back again. I am looking forward to it. I did have a landline and big list of friends and neighbors in town in case of emergency.
I have also stayed in large remote areas here in the states similar situations and have been asked to return because they have difficulty finding people who are willing to stay there. The reward of being with nature far outweigh the risk or the fears of the what ifs.
Things can happen to anyone at any given moment anywhere. This is a reality of life and I am one of those people that when my time comes, I will have the biggest grin on my face and know that I have lived a wonderful life.
So yes, I will go wherever I am welcomed. Besides the HO in Wales showed me where he keeps his bat in the bedroom.
I’m thinking @TravellingWitch you felt comfortable applying for that sit and had thought about the issues you listed. Hopefully you were given emergency contacts by the HO should anything unexpected happen. Much as I love rural England, I probably would not undertake a sit as you have described on my own, preferring to stay within reach of a small hamlet/village. Living in Australia, I definitely would not undertake a remote sit by myself where it might mean hundreds of kilometres from civilization!
I love remote sits (or travel)! Can’t be far enough from neighbours or towns for me
I do make sure I have a car though, either my own or a rental, I do want to be able to get groceries or get to a vet when needed.
People are sometimes shocked, me being alone in a remote area and always ask me if I’m not afraid but I really enjoy the silence. Only the sounds of nature for me if possible. I sold my house in the Netherlands for this reason: too much noise and neighbours
I love remote places & find them super invigorating as I am a lone wolf!! Especially hanging out with animals in remote places & wandering around with them exploring!!
Hi @TravellingWitch , I’m a HO, not a sitter but if I were a sitter it would be impossible to be to remote for me! Same as when I’m looking for somewhere to holiday I feel much more comfortable as far away as people/towns/cities as possible
We have done remote sits a few times and I think we now prefer them for a short amount of time. If there aren’t neighbours close by I think we feel a little wary in a new area.
I love wild, remote locations. Unfortunately, I am usually working while travelling so can only go as far as reliable internet will allow! That said I am currently writing from an oceanside log cabin on Prince Edward Island - no other houses or people in sight. Paradise!
That sounds like paradise to me !!!
In 2015, my husband and I did a 6 week sit about three miles into the jungle on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica in Bri Bri near Puerto Viejo. There was no electricity or plumbing, Walking into town would take about 90 minutes, maybe longer. No cell service anywhere near the property. Closest neighbor was probably at least a 10 minute walk or longer. Once a week we would rent a hotel in town to go online, get some exposure to civilization and go food shopping. While I didn’t think about it obsessively, it did cross my mind that if there was any sort of medical emergency–thought about snake bites the most–we would be in trouble! I would stay in an area like this again, but I wouldn’t do the no electricity or plumbing thing again most likely.
My very first sit was an off the grid house on a piece of privately held land in the middle of a national park in New Mexico I was 10 miles to the nearest paved road I was there for 8 days without seeing another human or a car in the distance it was a delightful time I hiked in the park I played with the animals and I was perfectly comfortable for 8 days when she asked me to return for 3 months I declined because that much solitude for that length of time would have been too much but I generally like solitude on my sis and enjoy getting to know the neighborhood on my own
Thank you everyone for your lovely contributions/ Certainly given me food for thought. Wishing everyone safe sits. x
To answer this question I will tell you my happy place….
Middle of the Atlantic Ocean with the nearest land 5 miles away…….down the way.
Remoter the better.
I have thought about where would I live when and if I am ready to “settle down” and “plant roots” and boat life was pretty amazing. Do seagulls deliver mail?
wait nevermind, I don’t need any mail.
Boat life is the most amazing way to travel and live. If you wanted a change of scenery, up the anchor and blow out the sails. It’s also very hard work, physically and mentally demanding. We sailed 35,000nm in 5 years with only little breaks on dry land. I needed a break but never say never go back. Who knows
Agreed. That is why I no longer have one. A lot of work for a single older me but it is one of those things I can grin about with complete total satisfaction.
Enjoy and keep sharing. I can live through you.
My favorite sits are in the heart of a city - I’ve often seen remote sits that look appealing but I know they’re not meant for me. I would end up like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”! That’s what’s so wonderful about THS - there’s an ideal sit for everyone.
Hi there, since I travel solo I have a close friend and a family member that can track me on Google maps and the Life360 app. Gives me peace of mind that someone trusted always knows where I am.
I think it would be interesting to spend some time on a remote sit. We would like to experience many different types of cultural living, although in certain instances we will not have a vehicle. Because there are two of us, I don’t know that we’d get lonely. However, if we are out on a remote walk, I’d hope to have some cell service and my Apple Watch would connect me to emergency care if necessary.
My biggest issue is that I’m still working so I have to have good internet - which generally doesn’t go with remote. But once starlink is mobile I’ll have that with me, so I’ll be able to go anywhere. In my van I love heading off to the middle of nowhere for a weekend and would spend much more time out in the wild were it not for work.
To date my most remote sit was in rural Bulgaria. It was a doozy in many ways and taught me to ask a LOT of questions before accepting a sit (this was one of my first) but definitely one of the challenges was being in a @ 100 person village where no one spoke English and I spoke no Bulgarian. But I muddled through, learned a lot, and ironically I now spend several months a year in Bulgaria.