Archive for March, 2009

If you relocated to take a new job, you can — and should — deduct your expenses, if you pass these two IRS tests:

  • Your new job must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your previous job was. If you didn’t have a previous job, your new one must be at least 50 miles from your old home.
  • If you’re an employee, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job. If you’re self-employed, you have to work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and 78 weeks during the first 24 months.

The good news? Fuel, moving truck and accommodations while on the road can typically be deducted, but food and personal expenses cannot. Moving deductions can only be claimed one time per tax year.

(Here comes the disclaimer: Always double-check the particulars with your favorite tax professional).


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There’s a plethora of sites I consult to seek new caretaking jobs. Even when I’m happy where I’m working (like now), I still feel compelled to keep on top of what’s out there…you never know when the perfect situation will come along. Here’s 10 sites that will aid you in your search for your next dream job.


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by Thursday Bram, great info for vagabloggers and world travelers, interviewed Tiffany for her forthcoming book and listed her as a one of the featured “Traveling Women” with link to MDN site.

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Tiffany interviewed for property caretaking feature article, San Antonio Express-News, Aug 2008:

One day, Tiffany Owens and David Waddle would like to own their own business. They see caretaking as a path toward that purpose, with a little adventure thrown in. “It’s a little bit like playing the lottery,” Owens says. “We’re just sort of seeing where the road leads us.”

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Nothing is more depressing than a blog that hasn’t been updated for TWO YEARS. In spite of my best intentions, time has indeed slipped away with nary a new post. However, in that seemingly short timeframe, we have positioned ourselves as experienced caretakers, successfully completing a job in Texas for 8 months & now living and working in midcoast Maine since July 2007.
What have I learned about property caretaking and being paid to travel? Plenty. If you’re an aspiring vagabond, stay tuned…and hopefully, you can benefit from our trials (and errors) of a life lived on the road.

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