5 Reasons Why You Should Consider House-sitting
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Once upon a time, there was a couple who had a dog named Molly. Molly was a beautiful white lab. The couple had adopted her a few years back from a shelter. Ever since then, Molly was forever grateful for their kindness and in return, she cherished them with love and lots of wet kisses. The couple knew they made the best decision of their lives…
After a few years of road tripping with Molly and having her exhausted by it, the couple decided they should give her a break. Nevertheless, they were in a need of their own romantic getaway. So they decided to ask their dear people to take care of Molly. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find anyone willing to take care of Molly for two weeks. Disappointed by the response of people and their inability to take Molly or leave her in hands of a familiar, they wished for a kind stranger to jump in and take care of their furry child while they give their romance a well-deserved vacation.
All of a sudden, a light bulb went on. The couple looked on each other’s mind, and without a word, they knew what the other one was thinking… at that moment, the house-sitting websites era had begun…
If my almost poetical writing didn’t fool you into believing the romance behind the house-sitting origins… then kudos to you! The couple, for all I know, is totally fictional. But I’m sure that both Molly and the couple exist in their own way, especially on those house-sitting websites. And whoever thought of creating a website for this – I applaud you, sir or lady. You are a freaking genius.
Why Should You Consider House-sitting
Without further ado, here is a list of why you should most definitely consider house-sitting as a cheap (or free) alternative to hotels and Airbnb-s.
1. It’s Basically Free
So here’s the deal. Hosts need someone to watch over their house and/or pets in their absence. They don’t want to worry nor spend lots of money on having to bring their pets along with them (if that’s a possibility at all). On the other hand, there are travelers dying to cut the cost of accommodation and voila – a perfect solution for both worlds.
The only thing you have to pay for is an annual fee for house-sitting websites. Depending on the website, the fee can range from $20 to $100. In the long haul, it pays off itself.
2. You Get to Explore a Place Like a Local
You’ll be staying at an actual person’s home, which pretty much means a non-touristy environment. Everything will be subordinated to regular, everyday life. You will get to experience the place the locals experience it. You’ll see how their mornings and nights look like. The culture of the destination will be at your disposal and you will be able to immerse into at as if you’ve been there all along.
3. Good Accommodation with Free WiFi
Guesses are you’ll need Wi-Fi even if you’re not a digital nomad. It’s the time to be online, right? A good bet is your place will have Wi-Fi since these are real-life homes where people actually live. So you won’t have to run around trying to find coffee places with the sometimes unreliable connection. It’s a win-win.
4. Overall Cost of Living
The accommodation itself is free. That leaves you with all the hundreds (or thousands) of dollars right in your pocket. Considering you’ll be saving a lot of money, you can peacefully put that aside or intend it for other purposes. Imagine how much will you save up if it is a long house-sit in question?
5. Did You Hear About Doggos? And Kitties?
Owners need someone to take care of their furry friends while they are absent. Therein comes you – savior of the furry nation.
If you’re an animal lover such as myself, you’re gonna love this. Most of the house-sits are like that, and it’s mostly taking care of either dogs or cats. Sometimes both! Now, if this is not something you’d enjoy, leook out for offers that ask only for an actual care of the house, and not pets.
Have you ever had an opportunity to house sit? If so, what websites did you use and what was your experience? Please share in the comments!