How to Travel the World for Almost No Money, All by Petsitting
Dog-lovers and travel-addicts finally found a way to explore the entire world practically for free—yes, you heard that right—and all you have to do is watch over other people’s furry friends. Sound too good to be true? Trust us, it isn’t.
TrustedHousesitters is a website that pairs those with pets that are going away for an extended amount of time with a house sitter. Both parties aren’t paying a single dime for the services—just $80 a year to participate on the website. (There’s the cost of getting yourself there, but hey, at least you’re saving on hotel bills!) The company says that since the pet sitters aren’t motivated by money—because they’re not being paid for their services—house owners can vacation blissfully knowing that the person in their home is truly committed to taking care of their pet. Pet-sitters are also required to have recommendations, ratings, and other qualifications to make sure that they’re professional and respectful.
One cat-sitting listing is for a two-story home overlooking a harbor 45 minutes from Cape Town and says, “Besides looking after and feeding the cats (wet food and pellets—all provided in advance), I would also ask you to please water the little garden in the front and back.” The gig lasts for six whole months, and that’s basically all it consists of: cat sitting, plant-watering, and exploring the South African landscape.
If you’ve got the wanderlust bug—and you happen to love all kinds of animals—then this website is definitely for you. Not into six-month-long excursions? There are tons of shorter pet-sitting jobs, even as short as a few days, that can be found all over the world at the click of a button.