One of the first things we are all thinking about when planning a trip is definitely accommodation. And who wouldn’t want to save some money and stay for free almost anywhere in the world?
It has been almost three months since we arrived to New Zealand and we paid for the accommodation only for the first few days. Yes, it is possible and here is how you can do that too!
If you like animals and taking care of them is something that would make you happy, house sitting may be a perfect way for you to live anywhere in the world for free. That is how we are living here, on the other side of the globe.
When we started planning our New Zealand adventure we had to find the cheapest place to stay. This country is pretty expensive, it is really hard to find a place under 150$ a week, and with those prices our budget definitely wouldn’t last long. Luckily I found an article about the house sitting and here we are, currently on our second house sitting assignment.
How it works?
It is really simple. Owners are going on a trip and they are looking for someone who would like to take care of their home while they are away. On the web you can find a few sites through which you can arrange a house and pet sitting. In our case we used the Kiwi house sitters site and Trusted house sitters site. The first one is only for New Zealand and the other one offers apartments and houses located all over the world.
To use these sites as a sitter you have to pay. Kiwi site is 65 NZD for a year and the other one is 77.97 NZD for three months or 131.88 NZD for the whole year. Through the sites you can find a house that suits you, contact the owners and arrange a visit. Try to create interesting and informative profile which will help you increase your chances to get the house sitting assignment. Tell something about you, show why you are a perfect sitter for their pets and don’t forget to add a few cool photos. When you finish your assignment the owners will leave a review on your profile and it will definitely be a big plus for you when you will be looking for new houses.
The thing you have to remember is that the owners want you to spend time with their pets so you have to be ready to do that. The worst thing you can do is to take the assignment and then leave the pets alone at home all day long. Think about this if you are planning to look for a job while you are house sitting. Sometimes the owners are looking for people who will just take care of the house while they are gone so consider this possibility if you think that you will be out a lot.
House sitting definitely makes our traveling easier. We are meeting great people, enjoying the company of a wonderful dogs and cats and of course we have a chance to live in great houses located in beautiful locations.
Soon it is time for another housesit and we are more then ready to meet our new furry friends!