By house and pet sitting for free it opens up a range of exciting benefits for pet lovers. Here's just a few!
1. Discover New Places
TrustedHousesitters members hail from over 150 different countries so whether you’re looking for an alpine escape or a beach break, you’re sure to find a house sitting stay to suit. Search our current house sitting listings for inspiration!
2. Save Money on Holiday Accommodation
The connections that TrustedHousesitters’ members make are based on care-orientated exchanges.
As a house and pet sitter you are providing an owner with peace of mind that their beloved pets are well cared for and their home well-maintained, in turn they are providing you with a free retreat when you travel. On average nightly accommodation rates account for one third of the cost of a getaway, meaning that while house sitting you could dramatically reduce the cost of your escape.
3. Reduce Your Cost of Living
There is a growing community of people who choose to take on long term house sits, or house sit full time as a way to reduce their cost of living. Negating the associated costs of owning or renting property, house sitting as a way of life has become a popular option for people who work remotely, want to travel for an extended period of time, are financially independent, or are retired.
4. Visit Friends and Relatives
A house sit can offer a convenient place to stay close to friends or relatives in another region, particularly if they don’t have the space to accommodate you in their own home or you wish to stay for an extended period. Furthermore, a house sit can give you your own space in which to relax and afford you the chance to spend time exploring the local area.
5. Spend Time With Pets
A large number of owners choose to invite a house sitter into their home because they have pets who can not accompany them on their trips away. For a sitter this provides the opportunity to spend time with four-pawed and furry friends; something they may not be able to do on a regular basis because of their commitments to work or restrictions on pets where they live. We have found that many of our sitters choose their house sits based on the pets that they will be caring for during their stay. Some choose to gain experience looking after a certain breed before they get one of their own, and others just enjoy the chance to make new friends!
6. Live Like a Local
When you are house sitting, you are more likely to feel and become a part of the community quicker, unlike staying in a resort or a hotel. You are immediately immersed within a local culture. You're much likelier to find out about what's going on locally than in a guidebook. It can be a much more exciting way to get to know a local area.
7. Experience a New Way of Living
House sitting can be a great way to experience new lifestyles and stay in accommodation that you would be unlikely to find via an online booking site, or that would be well outside your usual travel budget.
You could try out life on a hobby farm, in a city centre high rise, or by the sea. Stay for free in a multi-million dollar home, a historic country cottage, or a modern grand design. There are so many different house sitting stays to choose from, search for your ideal sit today!
8. Eat Local
Another costly aspect of travel, financing three restaurant meals a day can soon add up. However when house sitting you will more than likely have your own fully equipped kitchen in which to cook up your own creations. You can explore the region you’re visiting and bring home local ingredients and artisan products to give your meals a touch of authentic flare!
9. Stay Connected
If you require a home office from which to check-in with work each day, or you want to escape but you can’t bear the thought of missing your favourite sporting event, house sitting can offer you the opportunity to stay connected when you travel. Choose a house sit with fast, reliable internet so that you can get connected when you need to and disconnect when you don’t!
10. Relax & Unwind
There have been a number of studies into the ways in which spending time with pets can help reduce stress and improve your health. House sitting offers you the chance to getaway and explore somewhere new, whilst enjoying the benefits associated with caring for animals!