Hi! We are Jandaan & Marleen

2015 Was our year of change. We got rid of our possessions and started traveling the world.

How to stay motivatedWe are slow travelers, online entrepreneurs and dedicated house & pet sitters. We are The Perfect Strugglers.  

We believe that freedom, opportunities, joy, skills and wisdom will follow after struggle.

You benefit from our struggles. We share our stories, struggles and lessons learned with you.  We wish our blog will inspire you to do what is good for you. Struggle is the beginning of something beautiful.

Learn how our adventure as The Perfect Strugglers started.


Travel  –  Personal Leadership  –  Earning Money Online  –  Pet Sitting


(..) “achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. Joy is not ‘the absence of pain,’ intelligence is not ‘the absence of stupidity,’ light is not ‘the absence of darkness,’ (..) It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.”

Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged

Prepare your trip without stress – in 22 easy steps

We travel and live around the world for 4 years and want you to benefit from our unique lessons learned. Go to our priceless overview of the 22 essential steps to prepare a memorable trip without stress.

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2020 & 2021
  • August – taking care of Maine Coon cat Oscar in Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • September – taking care of three dogs and a cat in Hondón de los Frailes, close to Alicante, Spain
  • October – house sitting a dog and a cat in Biar – Alicante, Spain
  • 18 October – 31 October – pet sitting 3 galgo dogs in Salinas – Alicante, Spain
  • November 2020 – March 2021 – house sitting in an old water mill with 2 dogs – just outside of Valencia, Spain
  • April 2021 …. – Open for new house sitting assignments, feel free to send us a message!

Our latest blogs

I felt awful on a stunning hilltop in Portugal – the challenge of silence & how to deal with uneasy feelings

I get noticed by people around me, therefore I am. I interact, therefore I am. I am active and reach goals, therefore I am. So what will happen with me when you leave me in nature with only Jandaan (and fish) around me? It sounds like an interesting social experiment and this is what is …

Being a part of the sharing economy: making friends all over Europe

We are full-time pet sitters. We traverse Europe from sit to sit. We’ve taken care of everything from chihuahuas to chickens. From mules to Spanish waterdogs. Traveling in this day and age enables us to enjoy possibilities which – let’s say 15 years ago – were unimaginable. The internet brings imagination closer to reality. Dreams …