My last post included a travel list for 2013. I created a calendar grid, started the requisite research and examined the travel budget. Sadly,my travel bucket list will max out my travel budget restrictions in very short order. It’s time to get creative. I sang the praises of home and flat rentals in a previous post and plan on staying in quite a few, but this year’s travel plans will require some additional financial and logistical creativity. Enter Dalene and Peter Heck of HeckticTravels.
Darlene and Peter gave up corporate life to travel the world. Does it sound inspiring, but impossible? I thought so too until I discovered that they are “expert” world travelers/house-sitters and wrote a book to guide potential house-sitters through the process. Their blog outlines their motivation for their slow-travel lifestyle, includes stunning photos and advice about living a life of travel. Honestly, it’s a great read. You should subscribe. I’ve spent hours during the holidays on their site and I blame them for my lack of posts lately (that and the fact we are back in the US for a bit).
Inspired by their advice, I researched two housesitting sites TrustedHouseSitters.com and Housecarers.com. Both sites allow non-registered users to peruse their listings before deciding to (or not to) register on the site as official house-sitters. There were intriguing opportunities for long weekend and multiple month sittings in the UK, France, New Zealand and Italy. Most listings required pet-care responsibilities, which suits me just fine. I love the idea of living someone else’s life for a week or two or ten in exchange for a little dog/cat/sheep/chicken watching and gardening. It doesn’t even matter where…I registered with TrustedHouseSitters, created an online profile and paid my registration fee. I wonder where our first housesitting experience will be?!
Are you a house-sitter with a little advice or experience? Have you ever taken on a house-sitting opportunity ? I’d love to hear from you!