View from upper patio at house in Rubite, Spain
A daily email arrives in my inbox from Housecarers.com. All the new house-sit opportunities that have been listed that day from all around the world. It is enjoyable to read them, look at their pictures and dream.
I found out about house-sitting as a means to travel and see the world about five years ago when I began to follow a couple who actually came from a small town in Alberta where I used to live. I don’t remember how I found their blog. I was so surprised to learn where they were from. They are a young couple that had busy lives, working, buying a house, settling into the “normal” life most people live.
But at some point around six years ago, a number of tragedies and life events occurred that sent the woman into a tailspin of depression and she began to question everything. Their story is written much better than I can on their website www.hecktictravels.com. It is a great and inspiring read. They continue to travel continuously around the world and were chosen by National Geographic as Travelers of the Year in 2014.
They sold everything and began traveling, entirely by house-sitting in different places of the world, and began writing about it. And they eventually wrote an e-book manual for anyone also interested in following in their footsteps. It can be found here: How To Become a House-sitter.
Recently, I did a two-week house-sit in Rubite, Spain which I enjoyed very much. I did a two-week house-sit in Lake Chapala a couple of years ago. I have also used house-sitters several times myself in my apartment in Mazatlan for periods of time up to a couple of months. They have all worked out very well, and my two
children dogs were well-taken care of.
There are a number of house-sitting websites, most of which require a small membership fee. Here is a partial list:
Most allow you to browse house-sitters and house-sit opportunities for free so you can get an idea of what is available, and the quality of people with profiles that want to take care of your home and animals.