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House Sitting in Mexico, Well Off the Grid in Baja California

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If you’ve been following our adventures recently, you know that we just wrapped up a couple month tour of the American Southwest in my pickup truck camping setup. We visited a ton of National Parks, went to the Overland Expo, had fun in Vegas and LA, and recently just drove down into Baja California to take on an amazing house sitting in Mexico opportunity.

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I’m always surprised how few people know and take advantage of house sitting to allow them to travel much longer and cheaper.

House sitting assignments are extremely varied from apartments in big cities to rural country retreats. This one is definitely the latter.

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I wanted to put together a brief photo essay about out current house sitting assignment to give you all a better idea of what it entails.

We are at an extremely remote house sit in the mountains of Baja.

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The house is 1.5 hours from the nearest pueblo, 2 hours to a real supermarket, which includes about 45 minutes down an extremely rough 4WD only road.

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It’s a pretty remarkable place on more than 1,000 acres of land and surrounded by mountains and views of the valley.

The house is completely off the grid, powered by solar, and receives it’s water from a nearby arroyo.

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The house is extremely spacious (3 bedroom, 3 bath) and very modern.

We have satellite TV and Internet here, and it really has served as an amazing retreat for us both after a few months on the road.

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We’ve been here for the better part of July and we are staying here rent free.

In exchange we look after their house, their two ranch dogs, two retired horses, and 7 chickens.

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We also water the trees and plants around the property once per week and keep the three humming bird feeders full. It’s pretty easy.

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Two to three times per week we have to walk over to the arroyo and turn on the solar powered pump and filter to fill the large water tank that supplies water to the house.

Here we’ve been able to relax, get some work done (I’ve been hard at work on my book — out now!), play with their two amazing dogs (we are going to miss them so much!), go for walks and trail runs along the dirt roads, and gaze up into the stars in some of the clearest nights I’ve ever seen.

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I had to mow the lawn one afternoon, and it reminded me of my younger days. Andrea even took the handle for a few laps for the first time in her life (city girls!).

We did have an incident the other night… We noticed hoof prints all over the yard one morning (the area immediately around the house is fenced in). We followed them around the property until they disappeared into the grass…

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We looked around a little more to try and find the cow because while the hoof prints entered from the driveway (where ropes are strung up to block the entrance) there was no evidence that they left…

But no sign of the cow could be found… So strange!

Later that night the cow magically reappeared by the chicken coop eating the grass! No idea where it was hiding.

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Thankfully the two dogs are Blue Heelers, or Australian Cattle Dogs, and they were able to help me round up this cow and send him packing back down the driveway.

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Always an adventure! 🙂

If you want to learn more about house sitting and how to travel the world long-term and on a budget, then be sure to check out my book Big Travel, Small Budget.

Metropolitan Cathedral beside the Zocalo in Mexico City.

Mexico Travel Tips

Important tips and resources for planning an amazing trip to Mexico, based on my extensive experience traveling across the entire country.


  1. Book a cheap flight to Mexico with Momondo, or better yet, start travel hacking so you can fly for free.
  2. Plan a rough itinerary and how long you will spend in each destination. Pick up Lonely Planet Mexico to help with this.
  3. Work every day to teach yourself Spanish, you want to know as much as possible before you arrive.
  4. Book your cheap accommodation in advance, at least for the first destinations -- For hostels use: Booking, for cheap hotels use:, for apartments use: Airbnb.
  5. Reserve your on the ground tours and activities through Get Your Guide.
  6. Purchase travel insurance for Mexico with World Nomads to protect yourself from illness, injury, and theft while in Mexico.
  7. Check out my comprehensive guide about traveling to Mexico with information on cities, things to do, places to see, and more.
  8. Learn more money saving tricks with my top budget travel tips if you want to get more bang for your buck.
  9. Put together your Mexico packing list.
  10. Enjoy this incredible country!


I hope this helped you plan your travels in Mexico! I know it can be a struggle to find accurate and on the ground information when traveling to a new place like Mexico, which is why I started writing so extensively about it!

If you have any questions about Mexico, budget travel, or anything else shoot me an email at

(I love getting questions! That is how I get ideas for my blog posts and what to write about!)

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Head Writer and Adventurer at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out truck camping to road trip across the American West, and then across all of Central America and South America. When he isn't on the move, you can find him living as an expat in Colombia. He is also the author of the best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget that will help you travel more for less. Follow the adventures on social media or read more.

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