“When we discovered House Sitting it opened up all sorts of travel opportunities for us”
How? By house sitting via a website called Trustedhousesitters.com. In return for caring for a registered homeowners house & pets, free accommodation is available in 45+ countries around the world.
"We spent last autumn in Yorkshire and Christmas in beautiful Brecon. We loved both experiences and so did our kids. We've cared for dogs, cats and ducks. Outside of the UK, we have done house-sits in Croatia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's a magnificent way to discover new areas and meet new people. Through house sitting, we've ended up in places we otherwise wouldn't have chosen to go - and never regretted it" said Claude.
6 Reasons House Sitting Makes A Great Family Vacation
Cost-free accommodation- Looking at the prices for renting a cottage or villa suitable for a family can be enough to put an end to holiday dreams. But imagine if all you had to pay for was the travel to get there. Trustedhousesitters.com offers many house sitting opportunities in family homes around the world - from UK to Australia. Its a great way to enjoy a budget family holiday with free accommodation.
No more peak season constraints- Having school age children means you are confined to travel during school holidays when prices are highest. Fortunately, house sitting overcomes this as most opportunities fall during these times when the homeowners are going away too.
Save on eating out costs- House sits usually come with a good kitchen and nearby food markets to find local produce. Not only does this mean you save money on taking the family to eat out every day but makes it easier to accommodate those fussy eaters.
Weather-proof enjoyment- there is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in a hotel room with children in the rain - having the run of a great house sit with all the mod-cons means you can relax and enjoy the home comforts if the weather turns bad.
Swerve the tourist traps- house sitting helps avoid the usual resorts and can introduce you and your children to interesting local communities. By getting off-the-beaten track, youall probably discover a far more unique adventure than youad find in any guidebook and you can go home feeling that you have given the children an education!
Four legged friends- as the majority of house sits include pets to care for, what could be more fun for the kids to enjoy having a new puppy to play with or a cat to stroke?
To find their house sitting opportunities Claude and Jamie joined Trustedhousesitters.com, it costs from just US$30 [£20] to register and create an easy to do profile, which homeowners can view. A daily email alert is sent out with the latest house sitting opportunities and registered sitters can apply directly to the homeowner via the secure online messaging service.
The service also saves families money if they need their home and pets cared for while they are away from home. A traditional house sitting agency can easily cost in excess of $100 a day. Alternatively kennel and cattery costs can also add up and home security can be a concern. From just $15 A families can register their home with Trustedhousesitters.com and find a house sitter, who is happy to house and pet sit free of charge in return for a free retreat. Many UK homeowners are using this altruistic service to find their ideal house sitters, both saving money and providing peace of mind that their pets are being cared for and their homes are safe.
House sitting is a fast growing trend, with Google searches doubled to over 2 million this year. With the added tough economic times, it is has become a relevant and timely solution for millions of people either looking for affordable accommodation or free pet and home care while away.