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How To Travel Full Time with an Empty Wallet: Luxury House Sitting

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A lot of you wonder how we can afford to travel the world non-stop without, you know, having loads of money at our disposal – no benevolent billionaire sponsors, no extremely high-paying jobs, and no lottery wins just yet. We were definitely working hard to realize this dream of ours, and have been fortunate to receive some guidance from the universe along the way. Last year, our explorations of Southeast Asia brought us to the wonderful world of Bali, where a friend of ours asked if we’d like to take over a housesit for him, one that he was unable to do. For those of you who don’t yet know the opportunities that exist with house sitting, and more importantly for us, pet-sitting – prepare to have your mind blown!

This friend was scheduled to live in a luxurious Balinese villa for a month and look after 8 rescue dogs and 1 cat – with no money involved. This entailed feeding the pets, going for walks to the nearest black-sand beach (all the dogs off-lead) and showering them with all the love and attention they so deserve. For us, none of this qualifies as real work, much more like play, and all the while we wouldn’t need to pay a penny for our accommodation! ‘Sign us up,’ we said.

So we video-chatted the homeowner, who loved us, and we packed up, hopped on our scooter and raced over to Cemagi, where the house is situated. From that day on, an idea began brewing in our minds. A tingling sensation we could each feel throughout our entire bodies, realizing what this might mean for our future. “Couldn’t we just do sit, after sit, after sit…?” we asked each other, which then led to the conclusion: Let’s do this non-stop!

From that moment on, our days in Bali (and all over the world up until now and into the future) look more or less like this: wake up, walk and feed the pets, do whatever we want, go for a walk with dogs again and then live life the way we normally would. If you’re keen to know how wonderful you’re life as a house sitter ACTUALLY can be, read A Day in the Life of a House Sitter.

Now that you’ve been reading along so patiently, the reward is here! You can feel it deep down in your gut, you NEED to know how can you do it too. The good news is: that’s simple! You just need to register with a website like TrustedHousesitters*. While we were still in Cemagi, we took a closer look at the website and saw that there’s a huge amount of housesits all over this wonderful globe of ours. If only we could do all of them! The yearly fee (used for identity checks for everyone’s safety) is around $90, but GREAT NEWS once again! Send us a message/leave a comment with your Email address and we invite you, which gives you 25% off! 

What can you do to score your first sweet-ass housesit? First of all, you need to be an enthusiastic traveler and animal-loving human being! LRM_EXPORT_20170406_123140.jpgWrite up a kick-ass profile that displays this to your potential host. Upload some high-quality photographs showing you with animals. Write about your experience with animals – Did you grow up with one? Did you ever take care of a friends pet? What do you know about the needs of this animal? If you’re only looking for houses without any pets, explain what you can bring to the table. Did you ever look after a house and are a generally tidy person? Do you like gardening? Do you know how to maintain a clean pool? The list goes on. Name anything that you would look for in a house sitter. Explain why you want to look after s/o’s precious pets/house (we normally put this in the specific application letter to the host) and why you’re trustworthy. Spend a good deal of time perfecting your profile – remember that if you do it well, you’ll only need to do it once!

Secondly, for the purpose of creating credibility in your profile, get somebody else onto the platform, that can then write you a reference. One can register for free and see all the house sits. You can do this to browse, take a first look and figure out whether you’re really into it (trust us, you are). Note: without paying the fee you cannot apply for house sits nor can you see the specific dates. Solid first step, nevertheless. 🙂

Lastly, start looking for an appealing house sit and apply! Homeowners usually get multiple applications, so read the information they give on their pet/s and responsibilities carefully and refer to those in your cover letter. The best candidate wins! We automatically look at the pets first, then the home, and only apply when we get the feeling. 

Once you get accepted to a sit, you have a binding contract with the homeowner. Only when the sit is completed can the host write you a review. These reviews are highly important – they make up your profile’s overall rating. If you did a good job, the home is clean and the pet (and therefore the host) happy, you get 5*THIS is what then scores you the top-notch homes including a car, a housekeeper, a pool, a patio, garden, open fireplace etc.! Still for free. Imagine that?!

The reward can look like one of your recurring fantasies: imagine yourself  sitting on the patio of a majestic mafia-style villa overlooking the city, your feet dangling in the  pool while you pet a sweetie like the one above, nibble on some cheese and wash it down with the local red wine (yes, Rose is having a sexy throwback to a past house sit in the south of France).

This first house sit in Cemagi, BALI, is more than a year ago, already! Considering that we’re doing this full time since September 2017, do not have apartments or responsibilities apart from our jobs, this annual fee means that our yearly rent adds up to…that’s right: $90!

There are other, less committing ways you can launch your life as a house/pet sitter. You could begin by looking for short-term sits in your region – a weekend getaway to see your hometown with the eyes of an explorer. This way you can get a first impression, determine whether you feel comfortable in a strangers’ home and are up for the challenge of looking after it. Starting out like this, you’re not investing lots of money in distant traveling and can probably even use your own car. Or you can plan your HOLIDAY according to the dates of a house sit. 6 days in a sweet flat in Brooklyn, NYC? 2 weeks in Tuscany? 2 days in Amsterdam? 1 month on a farm with 2 horses and a pool in by the sea in Costa Rica? Everything is possible.

Why would we work 9-5, struggle to pay the bills, always think twice about going out, carefully plan our holiday around the public holidays if we can live and smile like this? It is the best decision we’ve made so far.

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Eric capturing a feeling in Ubud, in the south of Bali

*Here you can see some other websites that offer house sits (prices as of July 2018):

 

What do you think? Are you interested in traveling this way? Or did you already try and want to share your experiences? Let us know if you have any questions or simply want to say hi – in the comment section or via evermorenomads@gmail.com. We’re happy to hear from!