House sitters take care of someone’s home and sometimes pets, and stay there at little or no monetary cost. It is an even exchange of labor for lodging. Becoming home and pet sitters has enabled us to stay for long periods of time in foreign countries as well as in places in the US and Canada we had always wanted to visit.
House sitting is not for everyone, but it can be a great way to travel more affordably.
Read the articles below to hear about some of our more interesting home and pet sitting experiences and to learn how to become a sitter yourself.
Living our lives in a foreign country presents new challenges and opportunities for growing both personally and in our relationships. Meeting people and making new friends can be uncomfortable and exciting at the same time.read more
Dog sitting during a long term house sit permits me to love and care for someone else’s beloved pet for a long enough time to truly enjoy them.read more
The longer the house sit, the more tasks are involved with winding down. Since we typically stay somewhere for two to six months, we usually have a lot to do to prepare to leave.read more
We stepped off into a pitch black night, after a five hour long bus trip, two weary travelers and four suitcases. We were the only two disembarking here on a Sunday night in August. We had been traveling for over 48 hours and had crossed the International Dateline.read more
Is getting old inevitable? Too many people work too hard, for too long and take themselves to an early grave. Retirees have reportedly died of boredom…read more
Can you imagine choosing to be homeless? In 2012, we made the decision to stop paying our mortgage and instead spend our money on travel and adventure. We are nomads with no permanent home. Here’s why we are loving it.read more
So many people have asked about how we manage to travel, house sit and live such an easy lifestyle. One person even wrote that we must have tons of money in the bank. Not! Find out how…read more
You have probably heard of "slow food", but what about "slow travel"? We are on a journey of seeing the world with the goal of slowly savoring the places we visit. We may not see it all, nor do we visit all the tourist hot spots, but we are immersing ourselves in the...read more
Becoming a house sitter is a terrific way to save on travel expenses and live like a local. You will learn from this review of web sites where potential house sitters can find opportunities, which are the best sites to join.read more
House sitting assignments have a beginning, middle and end. Each phase has different responsibilities and challenges. Learn how to begin your house sit in the best way.read more
I read a lot of other people's travel blogs. Many are youngish backpackers and a few have cleverly posted lists and photos of the things they pack, like Dan and Alissa at thisworldrocks. As long term house sitters in Australia, we had to pack for three seasons of...read more
One thing I have noticed about house sitting is that it is definitely not like being on vacation, or on Holiday, as they say in OZ. The primary reason for that is that our main goal is not to see as many tourist sites as we can in a ten day period. We have decided...read more