Many regular readers know that I have been writing and talking a lot lately about how to find travel deals. After just returning from Europe, I guess I have the 'travel bug' and am more excited than ever about planning future trips. I have been doing a lot of research trying to decide on our next trip, and along the way I have been seeing frequent mentions of house sitting as a strategy to get free accommodations. So, I decided to dig a little deeper into the idea...
To my surprise, house sitting has really become a big deal - who knew? Although watching pets is many times part of the deal, that is not always the case. Some arrangements are simply that a homeowner wants someone to occupy their home while they are away, water plants, get the mail, etc... Either way, the demand for house sitters is growing, and the potential destinations are worldwide (if you love dogs or cats, you will have more opportunities and get to make some new furry friends).
After perusing so many of the popular house sitting sites this week, it is interesting to note that some of the assignments can be more than just a few days or a week. If you have a location flexible job or business, or are a teacher and have the summers off, this opens up some really incredible opportunities.
Major House Sitting Websites:
- TrustedHousesitters ($96 year)
- Nomador ($89 year , but you can browse available gigs before joining)
- House Carers ($50 year)
- Luxury Housesitting ($25 year)
- Mindy My House ($20 year)
- House Sit Match ($68 year)
- Rover.com (free to join, pet sitting/house sitting)
- House Sit World ($40 year)
- Luxury House Sitting ($25 year)
For those that want to become home sitting experts, consider taking this online course, Become A House Sitting Pro.
An Example Of A Current Listing Available For This July In France
While home sitting may not be for everyone, I think it is an excellent opportunity for those with an adventurous spirit that love to travel (and love to save money). Although it is fun to discuss exotic locations (like Europe and Australia) home sitting can be done right here in the good old U.S.A. as well. Truly a win-win for the homeowner and vacationer alike.
If you have ever been a home sitter, please use the comments section below to share your own experience and tips
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