Many moons ago, Pat and I moved out of our Killara apartment and into his parents’ house. It seemed like a good move because our lease was up and then we had two big international trips to partake in.
We’re now back in Sydney, back in his old bedroom, and we kind of just don’t know what to do in terms of living space. We LOVE having our own place, but at the same time, we could really use a couple of months to pack away some extra cash… plus decide where in this gigantic, spread out city we even want to start considering as a future home.
It’s not easy looking for places in Sydney. When you consider the amount of money being spent on rent, you should choose wisely in my mind. That’s when I got the idea to start looking for house sits — the perfect way to save money, have a private living space and see other parts of the city.
It’s been a dream of mine…
…since arriving in Sydney 2.5 years ago to do some house sitting, only then I didn’t know the suburbs very well and looking was more confusing than anything. Now, I kind of have a better idea of what’s near, what’s far, what has a train line, what would require a car, etc. So, we’ve officially started looking!
Now, it’s easy to be excited about something like house sitting before you seriously start looking and seriously start applying. For one, you pretty much need to sign up for a house sitting website to apply to open “jobs”, and many people require a reference of previous house sits to even be considered. Hmm… well that’s no good. It’s like one of those jobs that requires experience to get, but you can’t get experience without already having some…??? Confusing, right?!
Still, I’m hopeful.
I think I’d be a perfect house sitter, especially for those involving dogs. Not only do I want a dog and have owned a dog in the past, I work from home! That means I’ll pretty much always be around to care for the little guys while the owner is away.
Besides that, we’re flexible with location as long as Pat can get into the city within an hour’s train ride. We also are quite considerate and tidy, hard-working and reliable. I mean, really, why am I trying to sell you? I digress…
I’ve heard of other worldly travelers taking part in house sits before, and dammit, I want in. But, apparently you need to have that first successful house sit under your belt to make it all happen. This could be a challenge, and I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have you ever house sat before on your travels, or as a way to save money for travels? I’d love to hear about your experience and how you made it possible.