Stop what you are doing and pay attention: We are going to teach you how to travel FOR FREE. Ok, so we are going to teach you how to get FREE ACCOMMODATION, but let’s be honest – accommodation is, over time, the most expensive part of long term travel.
What is Housesitting?
Housesitting, to put it into basic terms, is looking after someone else’s house and/or pets for them whilst they are away. You live in their house, look after their pets, and enjoy a free bed, a hot shower, DECENT WIFI, and a kitchen all to yourself for a while.
Some people do this as a career, which is awesome, but it does require licences and/or insurance. The reason a more casual approach works for us is that, although you don’t get paid for it, you get to live like a king and cuddle cute animals for a while. Which, if you are travelling full time, is a luxury you don’t often get.
Let’s Do Some Maths
To put that into perspective, and depending on your travel style, you could save yourself between $2,350/£1300 (a standard double room in a hotel) and $1,760/£970 (private double room with ensuite in a hostel) on accommodation for 22 nights housesitting instead.
If you add that up over the course of a few
How To Become A Housesitter
We checked out a few companies to assess them against our needs, and in the
The application process is pretty straightforward, but let’s be completely transparent right from the start – membership ISN’T free. But before you go dismissing this as a waste of money, let’s take a moment to review…
It costs £89/$99AUD for one year of membership as a sitter, which is pretty much the cost of a room for a night or two in a hotel. With this membership, you get unlimited sits wherever you want across the world, free verification from Trusted Housesitters, and an Insurance Backed Guarantee. This makes it well worth it, in our books.
Once you’ve signed up as a sitter, you will be asked to build your profile. You can upload photos of yourself, write a short bio, and then fill in more information about who you are, why you want to housesit, and any experience you may have. Don’t panic! We had no formal experience, but being animal lovers we just wrote about the pets we had back home. You will need to give some references too, which can be someone like an employer or a landlord. The best part is that you can enter your availability to housesit, and the locations you are interested in, and people looking for a sitter can find you directly! Take a look at our profile below for an idea of what yours will look like.
As well as references, you will need to pass a few verifications too. Trusted Housesitters take security extremely seriously, so they want to make sure that you are who you say you are. We whizzed through these, and were free to apply for sits within a matter of hours. You can also state if you are travelling with a partner, as some sits look for couples specifically.
What We’ve Learned As Housesitters
Ok, so you know how and where to sign up to housesit, but now what?
Our best bit of advice is to ask as many questions as possible. Trusted Housesitters has the option for you as a sitter to request a handover document from the owners before your sit. We popped in for a short visit before each sit commenced, which allowed us to meet the owners, the pets, and get to know the lay of the land and any specific details before we were there by ourselves. Nothing is a stupid question, and the owners would much prefer you to ask away before they go overseas and out of phone service.
Think about how much time you have each day when considering what animals you would like to pet sit for. Some obviously require more time and attention than others. It isn’t fair to take on a sit for an animal which requires company during the day if you’re going to be out from morning until evening.
We can’t wait to utilise our membership more, as we gained back the initial outlay within one night of housesitting. It’s great for us; because we work remotely from home, we constantly keep a lookout for short term sits around Europe. We know that we can always book cheap last minute flights via Skyscanner if the perfect housesit came up! We’d totally use it for a
Do you guys housesit? Where have you done it? Let us know in the comments!
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