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January 20, 2014

Best Tips for House Sitting Esperience

When I tell people I travel full time they think I have either won the lottery or scored an inheritance from a rich uncle.  However, neither of those happened to me. 

You would be surprised to hear that traveling full time is actually much cheaper than living a 'white picket fence' life.  I have no rent or mortgage, no utility bills, no car loan, and no other hefty living costs. And yet, here I am living in places like the Caribbean, Belgium and London.  How does that happen??

I am what is typically known as a digital nomad.  This means I no longer have a residence and I call the globe my home.  I am a full time traveler.  I am free to move from country to country at a whim and spend my summers relaxing on the beach.  And all the while, I do not have a 9 - 5 job.  So how do I afford to travel full time? 

Housesitting.

Best Tips for House Sitting Esperience

As I move around this globe I take care of people's homes while they are away on vacation.  I live in their house, take care of their pets, bring in their mail and water their plants.  And I get to do this without having to pay a cent in rent! 

If you are unfamiliar, housesitting is an exchange of services - The sitter cares for the home, pets and gardens, and the homeowner can go on vacation know that everything is being looked after for them.  There is no cost involved for either party, bar a little bit of mutual trust.

Housesitting itself isn't a new concept, it has been around for years.  In fact, my husband and I started housesitting 14 years ago when we were building out first home together.  However, housesitting for travelers is a fairly new, but growing, phenomenon.  

Tips for House Sitting

Full time travelers are normally associated with budget travel, and while our lifestyle is certainly one that would come under the 'budget' umbrella, we never stay in hostels or dirty cheap motels. 

Instead, we stay in beautiful homes in some of the most stunning places we have traveled to.  Take for example our housesit in Barbados. We lived in the Caribbean for 7 weeks with no accommodation costs at all.  The house was brand new, 5 minutes from the beach and we even had use of their car while we were on the island.

We have also looked after a beautiful house backing on to a Costa Rican jungle; a million dollar island home in Florida; a beach house with a pool set in a tropical garden; a brand new apartment 10 minutes from the center of London, and many others.

Yes, we are 'budget' travelers but we are not roughing it in the slightest!  With the money we save while we house sit, it allows us to afford nicer accommodations when we are without a sit.  Instead of staying in hostels or dodgy motels, we are able to stay in nice hotels; lets face it, if you had the choice wouldn't you pick a nice 4 star hotel over a hovel? 

House Sitting Esperience

Housesitting is a great way to keep your accommodations costs down while you travel, but there are plenty of other reasons to housesit.  For example, having your own kitchen to cook meals, not only saves you money but allows you to eat your favorite foods.  Having a laundry means you do not have to spend all those quarters on washing, or spend two hours at the laundry mat waiting for your cloths to wash and dry.

Some housesits also come with the use of the owners car. For travelers this is great to ensure you can get out and see the sights around you.  Public transport isn't always the best in places like Central America or Asia, so having a car is a huge benefit.

Housesitting is a great way to see the world on the cheap.  However, this is not just for full time travelers; there are housesits that last a week or a year.  So whether you want to travel the world full time or simply take a cheap vacation, housesitting could be the answer to all your dreams. 

Nicole, and her husband Michael, are an Australian couple in who gave up their careers, sold their possessions and left their ‘conventional’ life behind for a life of travel. They have been living a nomadic life for almost 2 years and see no end in sight.

They launched Suitcase Stories to share their stories, travel tips and destination guides.  They hope to inspire others to travel and to show people how long term travel is not only possible but also affordable. 

You can follow their journey on Facebook & Twitter.

2 comentarios:

Great tips! I pinned this to my board to use for later!
-Britney at focusonthegood.io

I'm trying so hard to "pull the pin" and try it. I've been following sites and enjoying their stories, including yours. I know once I try it, I'll love it, but it's that first step that is the scariest....

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