House Sitters Working for Free? Why?
If your future plans include financial security and freedom, then becoming a house sitter may not be for you.
You don’t get paid much if you get paid at all. And, occasionally, you may have to pay the homeownersin the form of a security deposit.
So, why would anyone want to work as a house sitter for free? While not a lucrative profession, there are certain advantages that make house sitting appealing.
Save Money on Accommodations
The cost of accommodations can take a large chunk out of your travel money; even if you opt for budget hotels and B&Bs.
Hostels are a less expensive option and are not without their charm. You get to meet lots of intriguing people, there’s ample opportunity to socialise and explore the area at your leisure. But sometimes, you just need a little time on your own to relax and, maybe, take a leisurely bath to unwind after a long day.
Life in a hostel provides precious little privacy. You have to share a room with several roommates, and the bathroom, kitchen and common areas with dozens of other residents.
Hostels are not inherently tranquil places. People are constantly coming and going at odd times, and it seems like someone is always hosting loud parties.
In addition to all this commotion, there's no telling when the plumbing or heating will break down. Most hostels are pretty well maintained. But given the constant flow of people using the facilities on a daily basis, plumbing and heating problems are part and parcel of life in a hostel.
But if you were a house sitter, you could easily find yourself spending your days nestled in the kind of comfort you could only find in luxury five-star accommodations, but without the five-star price.
Because you would be staying in a private residence, you won't have to sacrifice peace and privacy for the sake of economy. With no roommates about, you can bask in quiet solitude spending the day as you wish without the need to share facilities. A hot shower or languid soak can be had whenever you desire without disruption. You can prepare your favourite meals in a kitchen equipped with all the mod cons with no one peering over your shoulder waiting to use the microwave.
Experience Real Culture
Sadly, many tourists miss out on experiencing the real culture of the country they visit. Most start out with good intentions. They want to sample the local cuisine and get acquainted with the local customs. But instead, they end up spending most of their two-week holiday shuttling from their hotel to the next tourist attraction on their list. Before they know it, it’s time to return home, and they have learned next to nothing about the area.
Working as a house sitter can offer you the opportunity to travel to such places as Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Singapore, Fiji and Thailand, to name a few. The difference is, instead of visiting as a tourist, you’ll be living as a member of the community.
From Day One, you will be immersed in the culture of the region. As you go about your day-to-day activities, you’ll make friends with the neighbours and other locals who can tell you more about the area and suggest places and events that may not be mentioned in the travel guides.
Keep in Touch With Relatives
Does this sound familiar? You’ve had a lovely time visiting with relatives who live in another state or country. As your holiday comes to a close and you bid your farewells, you find yourself wishing you could stay a while longer. But you don’t want to wear out your welcome by imposing on their hospitality any further, and staying at a motel is too costly.
By getting a house sitting assignment in the area, you can stay in a beautiful home and visit aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents etc, for as long as you wish.
As I mentioned at the start, house sitting won’t put you on the road to Millionaire’s Row, but it can put you on the road to rich experiences and a wealth of knowledge.
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