House sitting is a great way to explore the world, save money and feel like you are really a part of a community. If you are thinking of embarking on an adventure for a period of time, long or short, then here are 8 reasons why you should do house sitting as part of your travels.
#1 Save money on accommodation
One of the driving reasons people choose to house sit whilst travelling is to save money on accommodation. The cost of hotel rooms and apartments can really add up, especially if you are on the road for an extended period of time, so it is an obvious choice.
#2 Live in a home rather than hotel room
Living out of a suitcase in a hotel room can get tiresome after a while, especially when your budget doesn’t necessarily mean you get to luxuriate in 500 thread count sheets, marble spa bathrooms and gourmet room service! Having the opportunity to unpack and live in a home for a while can be very refreshing and reinvigorate your travels.
#3 Be part of a community
Depending on your house sitting situation, you may have the opportunity to become part of a community, get to know the neighbours and socialise with friends of the home owners. Meeting people and engaging with the community can not only enrich your travels, but you have more opportunity to build relationships with locals whilst travelling.
#4 Create relationships with owners
Home owners have an incredible amount of trust when it comes to allowing strangers into their home. If you have the opportunity to spend time with the owners prior to them leaving their home in your hands, you again have the chance to get to know locals and create relationships that may last much longer than your commitment to look after their property. It’s also great if you both have kids as not only do they have a chance to form bonds that can last a life time, they also have the company and get to enjoy a home which caters for kids.
#5 Have a base to explore the region
Depending on your accommodation situation, you may be fortunate enough to use the home as a base to explore nearby regions whilst you are house sitting. On some occasions you may be able to stay on at the property when the owners return and in between head off on a jaunt knowing you have somewhere to return to.
#6 Live like the norm for a period of time
After living on the road for a while there is nothing more satisfying than sitting down for a home cooked meal, being able to do your own washing and even go and do everyday things such as grocery shopping. House sitting gives you the chance to do daily tasks that might have seemed mundane when you were living at home, but after being on the road it is such a pleasure to be able to do the simple things.
#7 Spending time in a location you wouldn’t otherwise consider
When you are looking for house sitting gigs, you may stumble across ones that suit your time schedule and your family in areas you wouldn’t have otherwise considered. It’s easy to stick to visiting cities you hear a lot about or are on the regular tourist route. Taking a house sitting assignment in an area you are not so familiar with can mean that you get to experience rural life, live in a city that isn’t so high profile or a sleepy town that provides you with the R&R you need.
#8 Have the opportunity to look after pets
If you are an animal lover like us, you may have the opportunity to look after a home owners loved ones. This is especially nice if you have had to give up your pet or leave them in the hands of family or friends whilst you are travelling. If you have kids, this can provide them with a sense of responsibility and a little training before they convince you to get them a puppy when you get home!
House sitting definitely has its positives and can really enrich your travel experience as well as cut down on costs. It also makes you appreciate what you may have had at home, or help you understand what it is you want in a home, be it the country, location or type of accommodation. And sometimes it just provides you with a break from carrying your pack on your back and moving from place to place so often you never give your shoulders a rest. Interested? Head to House Carers where we’ve found our house sitting assignments and check out opportunities that may enhance your travels.