In 2015, I moved all of my worldly possessions into storage and took off for London to begin my journey as an international pet sitter. Over the next 18 months, I worked remotely while living in 7 different countries and experiencing life like never before.
From snowshoeing in the Austrian Alps to strolling through the waterways of Venice, I was able to heal my soul and find peace through travel. The sweet pets I cared for along the way enhanced this transformative experience in a way I never thought possible, ensuring that I was never alone throughout my globetrotting journey.
If you’ve ever considered pet sitting with TrustedHousesitters or are simply curious about how to travel for cheap, this post is for you. Stay tuned as I break down what exactly TrustedHousesitters is and divulge whether it’s worth it. Spoiler alert: it is.
What is TrustedHousesitters?
TrustedHousesitters is a global community that connects pet owners going on vacation with pet sitters looking to do the same. Operating in over 130 countries around the world, the Trusted Housesitters goal is to provide owners with a positive pet care solution while enabling animal lovers to travel for cheap.
The website offers 3 pricing packages for pet sitters to choose from, ranging from $129 to $259 per year depending on the features you’re interested in. Each package allows for unlimited sits throughout the year, meaning you can travel and pet sit as often as your schedule allows. Not only do pet sitters benefit from free accommodations around the world, but they get to share the experience with sweet pets in need of care.
Do you get paid for pet sitting on TrustedHousesitters?
TrustedHousesitters operates on the basis of a swap of services, so you (as the sitter) are exchanging pet and home care for a free place to hang your hat during your travels.
While there is no monetary payment for your services, the money you save by avoiding exorbitant hotel fees adds up and allows you to travel for way cheaper than you otherwise would. By removing money from the equation, pet owners can rest assured that their fur babies are cared for by people who genuinely love and respect animals.
Is TrustedHousesitters worth it?
Ah, the question you’ve all been waiting for. You may or may not have guessed it already (I did give away my answer in the intro, after all), but TrustedHousesitters is 100% worth it. The incredible experiences I have been afforded since the day I signed up on the site will stay with me forever and I have TrustedHousesitters to thank for that.
If you’re an animal lover who dreams of traveling the world, then I say take the leap and go for it. Sign up and give the site a shot. What have you got to lose? You never know, you just might meet a surfing parrot called Stinkki, an Italian cat named Nox, or a Cumbrian donkey named Jarvis that heals your soul and changes your life.