How to enjoy free accommodation around the world…

…and have your home and pets cared for at the same time.

Stonecroft Manor - periodically uses the website to find house and pet sitters for a week or two at a time - in Rutland Waters, UK

Stonecroft Manor - periodically uses the website to find house and pet sitters for a week or two at a time - in Rutland Waters, UK

Renovated home in Midi-Pyrennes, France needed house sitters

Renovated home in Midi-Pyrennes, France needed house sitters

Angela Laws house and dog sitting

Angela Laws house and dog sitting

Tree house in Auckland, New Zealand needed sitters last winter

Tree house in Auckland, New Zealand needed sitters last winter

Interested in staying in a chateau in France or how about a beach house in Hawaii….. for free? House sitting has become a credible way to enjoy staying in often luxurious homes around the world without spending a penny on accommodation costs. The catch? You may have to care for a furry friend, be it a cat or dog along the way, which for many is a bonus.

Trustedhousesitters.com launched two years ago and has since gone on to become the largest house and pet sitting organisation in the world, providing home owners with access to thousands of people registered as house sitters happy to care for their home and pets while they are away, in return for a free retreat. With homes registered in over 50 countries from Australasia to the Americas and everywhere in between, there’s plenty of amazing travel opportunities.

People choose to go house sitting for many different reasons; escaping the British winter for a few months to live in warmer climes or as a way to travel for longer, such as a few months in a renovated farmhouse in South France to the winter months in a hacienda in Mexico.

Retirees Angela (66) and John (68) Laws from Essex use house sitting as a way to enjoy extended travel “My husband and I are both retirees on a fixed income and house sitting is the only way we can travel as often and as far as we do. Last year we travelled for seven and a half months across three oceans and on four continents all from the money we saved on accommodation, eating out, car rentals and more. House sitting allows us to indulge in our passion for travel and the chance to care for some gorgeous pets too, after we lost our dog Holly a few years ago.”

Many people also house sit as a way to simply enjoy a different type of holiday from a couple of weeks discovering a part of Britain you may never have visited, to experiencing life like a local in a small Spanish town. Removing the cost of accommodation and sometimes even car rentals for house sitters, opens up a whole new world of opportunities.

Jenny (65) and David (67) Marsh from Nottinghamshire started house sitting as an alternative to staying in hotels last year, “We joined Trustedhousesitters.com and within 6 weeks had secured a house sit in South Wales, a place we had never visited before but had always wanted to. We looked after a brilliant Jack Russell, who accompanied us on our daily beach walks for 2 weeks. We then decided to try it further afield and spent Christmas in a stunning villa with pool in Malta with a cat and dog. We’re returning this summer – as we’ve been asked back again.”

On the flip side if you are going away and have pets – using this service to find house sitters means you don’t have to send your pets into expensive boarding kennels and catteries. It is also well documented by veterinary experts that pets feel less stressed and more happy when they remain in their own home. Giving pet parents the opportunity to enjoy guilt and worry free travel, knowing their home and pets are being left in reliable and capable hands. It provides a real win-win for both parties.

I’ve now used Trustedhousesitters.com to find house sitters on 3 separate occasions, said Lucy Richardson, Putney, London. I was slightly nervous the first time I used the service, being completely new to the idea, but I have found wonderful, caring couples to look after my cat and home and could not be happier. I like that I get to choose who comes to my home and the brilliant profiles on the site means the hardest thing I find is which lovely person to pick! The last couple from France treated me to a baked French onion tart and fresh flowers in my home when I returned.”

A delightful spin-off is the global friendships that have developed through bringing homeowners and house sitters together”, says Andy Peck the founder of Trustedhousesitters.com, who also thinks being older has an advantage when thinking about house sitting. “It’s definitely a bonus being a maturer age, as homeowners most often prefer to have someone with more life experience to care for their homes and pets.”

Once registered home owners have access to sitters comprehensive profiles, including personal bios, references, photos and very often video introductions. All registered house sitters receive daily email alerts for home listings around the world or just within their locations of choice.

To register with www.Trustedhousesitters.com costs from just £29 for 3 months for sitters, £19 for 1 month for homeowners and £59 for combined membership for 12 months.

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