This is for our friends, family and readers that are very skeptical about the type of accommodations we choose. I can’t count the number of times we’ve been quizzed about our housesitting and pet sitting endeavors to travel more often and see the world.
“You are living in a stranger’s house while they are away?” said a friend. “Yes!,” I respond.
“Do you guys ever pay rent?” others would inquire. “Yes! Of course, we don't just petsit!” says Troy.
Don’t get us wrong. We are not gypsies or freeloaders. We do work and pay for things, rather, we are a couple who enjoy services while participating in the sharing economy when the time and opportunity is right.
It’s like sharing rides or renting apartments:
We look after a home and their pets while the owners go on vacation. We live there and mind their home in exchange for paying rent. It can be for just a few days or a number of months and it depends on their plans.
1. We connect with like-minded pet owners who like to travel. Plus, we get to visit with them before they leave (while we get an orientation of their requirements in looking after their home and pets.) Many have become friends that call us back for future pet sits.
2. We love pets, but we don’t have a lifestyle that allows us to have animals of our own, so we become ‘grandparents’ – we spoil the pets, then leave – so, we’re free of responsibilities when we are gone!
3. We get to live like a local. We live in a home, cook, do our own thing instead of staying in a hotel. Plus, we find time to work online in between exploring neighborhoods.
4. We have saved thousands of dollars in the last three years (as we don’t pet sit all the time, but only a few months a year). Yes, due to this accommodation option we can travel more, also, it is our preferred mode of accommodation.
1. Our first international pet sit was living in Costa Rica for 3 weeks near Tamarindo and taking the three amazing dogs for runs on the beach.
2. Not to mention, our three months living in Ecuador on the Pacific coast, falling in love with an awesome dog and living in a community to get a taste of expat living, something we have never done before.
3. We lived in the old town in Panama City where we enjoyed sitting on the rooftop deck watching the ships queue towards the Panama Canal while looking after a lovable Cocker Spaniel with a big personality.
4. We lived on a farm on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua where we woke up to sunrise views of Volcano Concepcion every morning, while learning alot about chickens, and each definitely had their own personality. It was a joy looking after them!
5. We stayed in a forest on the Oregon coast of the United States surrounded by protected areas, where we walked two well-behaved husky puppies, 5kms through the forest each day.
We highly recommend the Housesitting Travel and Lifestyle Summit. This is an online summit with hours of interesting video interviews on how to avoid wasting time and money in applying, preparing for, and running your housesit.
6. Once you learn from the pros, sign up on our favorite online site where you can find some housesit opportunities. Trusted Housesitters is an online site for both homeowners and housesitters. We have found most of our pet sits from this site, and the annual membership cost pays for itself as soon as you land your first pet sit. Think about one night in a hotel costs.
Use this link to Trusted Housesitters- to get 25% off your membership and use thediscount code: RAF143483
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Dorene is a marketing consultant and freelance writer. She quit her 20-year career in marketing to redesign her career and lifestyle on her own terms by living location independent. Now with her husband Troy, she helps people who want to redefine their midlife and make conscious changes at TravelLifeX. She also trains & coaches travel and hospitality clients to improve their marketing at TravelLifeMedia.com