FARM SITTING: How to travel the world one farm at a time

| August 23, 2016

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Follow along on this ride across the United Kingdom, France and the Pacific as the author looks after farms and animals for vacationing people, building a successful enterprise along the way.

Many people dream of long-term travelling but the reality is it can cost a lot, equally in terms of money and time. Not many of us can just pack up and take off, but Donna Mulvenna found the ideal solution – to travel the world, one farm at a time.

In her own incomparable writing style, packed with humour and colourful characters, Donna retells amusing stories of eccentric clients and the wonderfully weird, and often bizarre, world she suddenly found herself immersed in.

From heavy horse work on the Isle of Skye, to pampered pooches in the Loire Valley in France and snorkelling with dogs on Norfolk Island in the Pacific, Donna set a frantic pace across the globe which formed the basis of a successful enterprise.

And if, once you have read this fascinating account, you feel that farm sitting might be for you, there is a section at the end of the book, with tips from the author, detailing how you too can be an extraordinary farm sitter and travel the world while enjoying the comforts of home.

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It sounds peculiar to some, but Donna adores goats. Goats are the most entertaining, intelligent, affectionate, naughty and exasperating animals on the planet. They are like dogs that haven’t worked out the submissive and reward concept yet.

They might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but this story proves that if you are truly passionate about something, no matter what it is, you can turn it into a successful business. If Donna hadn’t have tried it for herself, she would not have believed that long-term travel working as a farm sitter was possible.

The decision to become a farm sitter arrived through circumstance, rather than a well-laid out plan. Up until then, the most adventurous thing she had done was visit the local sushi bar. She was a long way from being a world traveller and was certainly no adventurer. In fact, when she set off she didn’t feel like a farmer either.

However, it was farm sitting that opened the door to a lifestyle that allowed her to live in some of the most beautiful places in the world, meet fascinating kind and inspiring people, and pretty much kiss monotony goodbye.

All farm sitters are different and each have different wants and needs, but there is one thing they all share and that is the ability to hold everything together in a crisis – Always. The dog who never runs away, the horse that never spooks, the fish that never die, the exotic bird who doesn’t bite, and the goat that never gets sick: all these things can change the moment the farmer sets foot on the plane.

About the Author

Donna is a horticulturist and writer who lives on the fringe of the Amazon forest in French Guiana.

She left behind decades of corporate writing to begin writing about nature, health, passion, love, and living simply and sustainably — in essence, her code for living a good life. In her ramblings she hopes to offer a glimpse of the true wonder of the world and reveal the profound effect it can have on each of us.

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to people who are not her kind of wild, but Donna refuses to own a mobile phone, rarely wears shoes, and is passionate about living on a whole food, plant-based diet. If she can’t be found swinging in a hammock with a laptop in hand or somewhere off the coast reading from her sea kayak, you will find her plunging headlong into the Amazonian rainforest or hurtling along one of its great rivers in a sprint canoe.

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