Travel 101: Would you housesit on vacation?

My husband and I are always looking to defray travel costs–often staying in house rentals instead of hotels–but there is one line we still haven’t crossed: house sitting. And not for lack of interest. There are a surprising number of websites dedicated to house sitting services with an emphasis in different categories, such as luxury homes and pet sitting.

Apparently, house sitting is the secret to how many people are able to live as full-time world travelers, since it requires no money (some even pay for your flight!), a flexible travel schedule and willingness to be a little “out there.” Some assignments require guests to feed goats, walk dogs or even run their B&Bs while housesitting. Some require nothing but a warm body. These are some of the homes I found on luxuryhousesitting.com:

1368A thatched roof gem in Wisch, Germany–sitter must take care of an Irish Setter and a Yorkie.

1499A modern home with pool in Aukland, New Zealand–sitter must look after two puppies. 

1630A brick row house with a roof deck in Washington, D.C.–sitter must take care of Lola the bulldog.

Not every assignment is a dream home or a dream location, but with a little digging I’m sure you could find a home in nearly every location you desire visiting. I’ve found homes in Fiji, Thailand, San Francisco…there is even an assignment for nine days in Paris beginning next week, if you’ve been thinking about seeing the City of Lights! Some sites require membership fees and all require a profile and references, but a little effort may be worth free accommodation in a place you’ve always wanted to see. A few more sites:

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Stay in a Georgian mansion in England’s scenic Lake District. Sitter must look after the garden. 

Would you housesit for a stranger? I’m in my Swiss apartment this weekend, but I’m always dreaming of my next trip. Wishing you travel wanderlust for the weekend…for now, a few links:

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2 thoughts on “Travel 101: Would you housesit on vacation?

  1. Very cool. You may add our house on Primrose to your list. You must however take care of Kate, Bruce and Bohdie.

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