House and Pet Sitting

House sitting was a new concept to us, but it intrigued us, so we wanted to learn more. Wanting to travel more, and even though we are budget travelers, we knew we couldn’t afford to do it more often unless we did it differently.

Furthermore, we have been researching all things travel for a number of years, and came across Woofin. A process where you volunteering your time in exchange for free accommodation and sometimes food. On top of this, we also came across house sitting. Given that I maybe a bit OCD (okay maybe a lot), I wasn’t sure if that was something I could do. Living in a stranger’s house, not having my own comforts, will we be accepted…

But if we wanted to live debt free, and travel for a year or more, we needed to give it a try. So, we researched some more. As a result, we decided to do an online course in house sitting, that way we would be well prepared. After the series, we joined Aussie house sitters, as we wanted to go local first, and start small. Also we wished to gain some experience, and references, although we realised that we actually have done house sitting and pet sitting before, just not for strangers. Once we set up our profile and went through all the checks, we then felt ready to apply.

House Sitting Selection

Consequently, we chose two different areas, one north of where we currently are on the Gold Coast and one south. If we got the house sit up north, this would give us an opportunity to catch up with family, who we hadn’t seen in a while. Alternatively if we got the one down south, we would head down that way to visit other family that we hadn’t seen for a while either.

Appying to both on Saturday afternoon, and a few hours later we were contacted and accepted, for the ohouse sit up north. Interesting, what happened after that. Having wrote to the house sit down south just to say we were retracting the application, as we had been offered elsewhere. She apologised for not being online, and said we sounded perfect. That was nice to hear, maybe people would want us after all. In fact, we then got a request from a house owner, asking if we were available in September. It certainly wasn’t something we expected. To be approached by home owners, so that was very reassuring. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take that one, as we expect to be overseas by then.

We have since spoken to the homeowner and are really looking forward to our first official sit. Amazingly, we are more confident that we can do this longer term.

We will post our experiences as we go.

House Sitting Oxford

House Sitting Oxford

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House Sitting Chiang Mai

House Sitting Chiang Mai

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House Sitting Gartmore

House Sitting Gartmore

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Pet Sitting Internationally

Pet Sitting Internationally

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Life With No Regrets

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House Sitting Cassie

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House Sitting Judi

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Relaxing into our seats we soak in the beauty that is Switzerland as our train speeds towards Aarau. Ahead lies five days house sitting Judi the Maine Coon cat. In the meantime, the clickety-clack of the train wheels gliding over the rails soothes my being. While my...

House Sitting Heidi

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As a child I remember hearing about a book called Heidi. Never reading it myself, just knowing it was about a girl living in the Swiss Alps. With this in mind, I thought I would do some research about this story. As a result, I found that it was about Heidi a young...

House Sitting Geordies

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House sitting Geordies promises to be an adventure. Although three big dogs may be challenging, we look forward to bonding with them. Two Weimaraner, one Gordon Setter are breeds we haven’t sat before. Thus, familiarising ourselves with their little quirks and...

Three Cats in Chicago

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With a mere 10 days left on our visa and countless miles travelled, three cats, await us in Chicago for our final house sit in the USA. Touching down at Chicago Midway Airport, we now have to decide, how to get to our sit. Will it be via a train, taxi,...

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