Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture

The NYT featured an article about the caretaking lifestyle over the weekend.  If you've got a little flexibility, an open mind and a willingness to get your hands dirty, it's really something to look into.

The article mentions a few of the sweeter deals: former corporate types who quit their jobs to caretake enormous estates and now spend their time diving in coral reefs, chopping down trees and writing novels; that sort of thing.  But on a smaller scale, too, the caretaking option is really viable for most anyone sans small children or an oppressive mortgage.

I first learned about The Caretaker Gazette (which is featured in the article as a means of finding gigs) as a college student, and the connections I found after subscribing to this simple newsletter fueled a year of traipsing around Europe, living with warm and generous people, and having all kinds of adventures that I otherwise wouldn't have known about.  The Gazette offers not only caretaking positions, but house-swaps; you can trade your SF flat for an apartment in Paris for a few weeks if you'd like; it's a pretty great little resource if you'd rather live like a local in a new city than feel like a traveler staying in hotels and eating in diners.

Read the NYT article; check out the website itself for details on subscribing.  And then watch the world open up to you.


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