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Insider: I quit my job as a nurse to house-sit — and I've now lived rent-free in LA, Portugal, Costa Rica, and more

Claire Turrell

Erin McKee is a former mental health nurse from the UK. She quit her job a year after the pandemic began. She now travels and lives for free as a house-sitter, looking after the owner's pets or plants.

Our love of travel was something that my boyfriend Solomon and I bonded over when we first started dating. One rainy day when we were staying at a hotel in Ireland, we made a list of countries we'd like to live in. Costa Rica and Mexico were the top two. We booked a trip to Costa Rica, but in March 2020, the pandemic hit and all our travel plans were put on hold.

After living and working in London for 12 years, I was ready to make a change and embrace a slower pace of life. But as I worked as a mental health nurse in the UK, this wasn't a time for me to walk away. 

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