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Benefits of Becoming a House Sitter

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Whether you go on holiday for two weeks a year or are a seasoned globetrotter, travel can be expensive.  If I told you there was a way to reduce the cost of travel, I would probably get your full attention, wouldn’t I?  OK, then listen up because there is a way:  by becoming a house sitter.  House sitting is an arrangement between a homeowner and a responsible adult, the house sitter, where the house sitter agrees to move into the residence during the owners’ absence.

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A major benefit of becoming a house sitter is the money you can save on accommodations.  While it’s possible to save some money by staying in budget hotels and hostels, as a house sitter you could save much more because you would live in a comfortable home rent free.  All that would be asked of you in exchange is to look after the home.  This would include gardening, pet care, pool maintenance and any other jobs agreed by you and the homeowners.  The only things you would be expected to pay for are your groceries and phone bill.  If the assignment is a long term one, you may also be responsible for the utility bills.  Despite that, though, it still works out cheaper than the daily cost of a room.

With the money you can save on accommodations, you could spoil yourself with a shopping spree or an extravagant night on the town.  If you’re a forward planner, your savings could be put towards educational fees or a down payment on a house or flat.   Or perhaps those savings could be the capital you need to start that business you’ve been dreaming of.

Staying in a hostel is not without its simple charms.  It can provide ample opportunities for meeting new friends and sharing travel stories.  But the opportunities for a hot shower and some privacy aren’t quite as plentiful.  As a house sitter, you could stay in a well-furnished home with plenty of room to move around in. Imagine having a kitchen with all the mod cons as well a living room all to yourself.  Not to mention reliable plumbing and a water heater that could guarantee you a hot shower or leisurely soak in the bathtub anytime you wanted.  And let’s not forget the restful night’s sleep you could have because you wouldn’t have any noisy roommates keeping you up.


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As you pack for your adventure, you probably don’t imagine homesickness being an issue.  With all the beautiful sights and remarkable people waiting to be experienced by you, when would you possibly have time to feel homesick?  But it happens.  It happens.  You see, the thing that turns an incredible experience into a cherished memory is being able to share it with someone close to you.  You may find yourself thinking, ‘I wish my Mom/Dad/brother/sister/best friend were here.  He/she would have really liked this.’

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When you become a house sitter, the daily routine of looking after a home and possibly a pet or two, can help take the edge off that feeling of isolation.  Also, being part of a community, even temporarily, can give you a sense of belonging.  You’ll make new friends; learn about another culture and possibly a new language. Many homes have computers with webcams and Internet connection which makes staying in touch with family and friends simple.

If you’ve read this far, you may be toying with the idea of becoming a house sitter.  Or, at least, you want to look into it further.  If so, stop by  You can read more about house sitting and decide for yourself if it’s right for you.





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