Traveling With Trusted Housesitters

Traveling With Trusted Housesitters

When we decided that we wanted to start traveling and blogging full-time, we knew we wouldn’t be able to afford a traditional lifestyle. Basically what that means is we knew we couldn’t afford to pay rent. So if we couldn’t pay rent, where would we live? We turned to Trusted Housesitters.

 

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We’d heard good things about Trusted Housesitters from fellow bloggers; they said it was a great way to travel and see the world and they mentioned it was easy to use. So we went to the website to do some research. It was straight forward, with videos and a section for frequently asked questions.

 

Trusted Housesitters homepage

 

When signing up for Trusted Housesitters, there are two options you can choose from: Home & Pet Owner or House Sitter. Each is an annual fee of $119 (if you sign up for both at the same time you get a bit of a discount). We think the price is pretty reasonable no matter which of the two you choose from. If you’re a pet owner and want to travel, you spend a lot more than that when you take your pet to a kennel. If you’re a traveler, you spend a lot more than that on accommodation. So even if you only use it once, you are guaranteed to save money.

 

The sign-up process is easy. As an applicant to be a house sitter, you give basic information about yourself and what experience you’ve had with pets. You can also add other details that give you a more personal profile; we mentioned our love of travel and that we have this travel blog. You are required to add a short video, which we weren’t too thrilled about, but we went ahead and did it since it was required to complete the profile. For every step of the process, there were tips and guides on the website, so it really was very easy to do. Below is a screenshot of my Trusted Housesitters profile…

 

Trusted Housesitters profile example

 

Once you’ve gone through the background check and verification, you can start applying to house sits. FYI, Trusted Housesitters is in over 140 countries! You can do a simple search by typing in a state/country or you can add filters like specifying certain dates or if you only want to care for a specific type of animal. You are then left with a list of available house sits. Let’s say you want to see what house sits are available in Arizona. Simply type in Arizona, and we see there are currently 13 homeowners looking for a sitter…

 

Trusted Housesitters search

 

If there’s one that interests you, click on it for more information. The homeowner will lay out more about the house itself, the surrounding area, and whatever responsibilities you’d have with their pets and/or house. If you want to apply, you then send them a message through the site. Some people will respond right away, some might not respond at all. You just have to apply and see how it goes.

 

We’ve had nothing but great experiences so far. We’ve gotten to meet new people and have been able to explore new cities. We also love it because we feel like it’s a more authentic travel experience and we get to see a place from more of a local perspective.

 

Something we’re asked pretty frequently: Is house sitting safe? Granted, we just started a few months ago, but we feel that the answer is yes. For one, Trusted Housesitters does background checks. But what we really take into account is the fact that these homeowners have paid for their membership, same as we have. To us, that just makes us think they’re a bit more serious and responsible. Obviously, you never know what could happen, but we just don’t feel like unsavory characters would be going through the effort to sign up on this site.

 

On our way to our house sit in Ocala, Florida

On our way to our house sit in Ocala, Florida.

 

So we’ll be traveling from house-sit to house-sit, occasionally stopping at friends’ houses along the way. Luckily my time in the Army left me with friends all over the country. But even if you’re not looking for anything long term like we are, we still think Trusted Housesitters is a great option for traveling.

 

Pro Tip: Keep track of where you’ve been with this Travel Tracker Map.

 

We’ve always been advocates for traveling while holding down a full-time job, so if you’re trying to find ways to travel on the weekends while not spending a fortune, this is for you. Or even if you don’t want to go far, but want to spend time cuddling with a dog or cat, this is also a good option. We know plenty of people that can’t have a pet because of where they live or because they themselves travel so often, so they love that they can have the pet experience for a few days.

 

Trusted Housesitters pets

The two adorable pups we took care of in Saint Cloud, Florida were never more than a few feet away. 🙂

 

Trusted Housesitters has opened up a whole new world for us and we’re excited to see where we end up over the next few months. You can click here to learn more about them and/or sign up. Like we mentioned earlier, we thought it was a pretty straightforward process to sign up, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them. 🙂

 

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Travel the world and live like a local using Trusted Housesitters. Free places to stay in over 140 countries in exchange for pet care!

 

11 Comments
  • I have a friend who house sits for me occasionally – it’s definitely the nicest way to leave your animals for a while (in my case a cat). In fact I think some pets quite relish their temporary ‘slaves’ – and it’s such an easy win for travellers too!

  • I’d love to give housesitting a try someday. It seems like a great way to afford long and short term travel. But even more so, I like the spontaneity it could bring, since you’re not quite sure where your next housesitting job will be, right? Good luck and keep us posted on the pros and (any) cons!

  • A friend of mine is using this service in her home area, along with her boyfriend, so that they can save most of their salary for a year or more, and be able to put down a deposit to buy their own home. Paying rent would make saving sooo much slower for them. They also did a couple of months travelling through this service and loved that too.

  • Aleah says:

    I do catsitting when I travel, but I get them from other online sources like Facebook, Couchsurfing, etc. I would love to sign up here, but it’s not worth it for me. Having a Philippine passport means I can’t just go where I want to go. Being a member is good though, as it gives you some sort of security both as a sitter and as an owner.

  • Lucy says:

    What a brilliant idea! I didn’t know this existed! I’m going to have a look especially as it is 140 countries! Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

  • amit says:

    This is such a relevant and helpful post for me as I’m looking into house sitting for when I start traveling again. i’m actually releasing a post on Tuesday about it. I have bookmarked this post and will definitely be referring to it if I decide to go the house-sitting route. Could have been better timing, thanks 😀

  • Paige W says:

    This is such a great option for both people who want to travel on a budget + love animals AND pet-owners who want to travel. If my mom didn’t love to watch her granddog as much as she does I would definitely need to take advantage of this! I love that it’s a program that you feel safe using as well! Thanks for sharing this guide to getting started!

  • Adelina says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of house sitting when traveling but I haven’t had a chance to further investigate and make the investment. Glad to hear you’ve had wonderful experiences

  • That’s an interesting idea and I never even knew that such services exist. Reminds me the olden days when my family used to live in a small town in a standalone house (not an apartment or a gated compound). So, traveling even for one day was a worry because we always had to find someone to stay there.

  • Arnav Mathur says:

    Thats quite an interesting idea. Having pets at home often means comprises in travel plans, but with this one can easily travel with the safety that the pets are taken care off.

  • carla says:

    Interesting way to save more on travel! Will think of this when I do my US national park visit. Im curious though that if I register and pay the $119 fee, I dont have to pay anything else to the house/pet owner? Dog lover here so really think that this is a great alternative to hostels!

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