Imagine being able to travel sooner and more frequently than you’d planned by eliminating the cost of accommodation—all while conserving the planet. Enter: house sitting. There is now a global movement of people traveling the world, caring for other people’s pets, plants, and properties in exchange for free housing. Not only is this a win-win for all parties involved, but it’s also a more sustainable way to travel. Here’s why.
Not Displacing Residents
If you want to travel affordably but hostels aren’t your style and you don’t want to support Airbnb, house sitting is great alternative solution. You can find sits for as short as a weekend or as long as several months, and you don’t have to worry about taking up the space that might otherwise go to a permanent resident of the city you’re visiting since you’re simply filling in temporarily for someone who already lives there. The more travelers use the space that’s already there, the less strain there is on the housing and tourism markets.
Travel Cheaper, For Longer
If you plan to house sit instead of pay for accommodation, even for part of your holiday, you’ll save enough money to be able to either travel for longer or spend the money you’ve saved on other things instead, such as food and drink, museums and tours, souvenirs, and experiences. For example, while visiting Berlin you might be able to afford a meal at Katz Orange, Pantry, or another of the city’s best sustainable restaurants.
Bringing Communities Together
Not only is house sitting a great way to “live like a local” and truly get a feeling for the place you’re visiting, but it’s also a way to build friendships and community while traveling since house sitting is not a business transaction but a mutually beneficial exchange. Learn more here: www.doorwayscommunity.com.
Read also our interview with Saga: Live More Sustainable by Using House Sitters