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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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 and saving money on accomodation.
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 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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