I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains... [Dorothea MacKellar]
For many of us Aussies we have barely dipped our toes into our own country’s travel waters. With so many discount airfares on offer, we may have explored Europe, Asia, Fiji, even New Zealand, without getting to our own red centre, west or east coast.
Australia can also be an expensive travel option. Towns can be few and far between, with the distances measured in thousands of kilometres, so both petrol and airfares can be pricey. The price of accommodation can also make local travel out of reach for many families. Fortunately there is another option!
For those with an adventurous spirit, and a love for animals, house sitting can be the perfect solution to make travelling around Australia a reality. As a house sitter you can travel to another town, take care of someone’s home and pets, and live rent free.
Not only do you save money on your accommodation while you travel, you also get to live like a local.
By taking care of a few pets, keeping a home clean and secure, and ensuring the garden is tidy and watered, you can enjoy rent free accommodation throughout Australia.
It can be a great lifestyle for grey nomads caravanning their way around Australia, families wanting to travel on a budget, or couples wanting to save money for their first home. House sitters can enjoy a stable house for a while, the love of a furry friend, and time outdoors in the garden.
Before you start looking for your perfect sitting job there are a few important things to remember. For a successful house sit, the relationship between the owner and sitter is crucial. Make sure you ask the owner for the list of jobs they need done, any important instructions about their pets or home, and follow them as best you can.
Don’t forget to ask them about the payment of utilities, and what products or foods you can or can’t use. Every owner is different and will have different expectations of their house sitter.
House sitting can be a great way to save money as you explore all the interesting places Australia has to offer.
What makes house sitting really special is that it benefits everyone. The sitter saves money on travel accommodation and the owner saves money on pet boarding. Even more importantly, the owner can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their beloved pets, home and garden are being taken care of while they are away.
So if you are itching to travel, have a love of animals, a slightly green thumb, and a willingness to care for someone’s home, then give house sitting a try. You’ll be able to get out on the open road and soak up all the amazing sights Australia has to offer!