This Surprising Side Hustle Could Be Your Ticket to Luxury Lodging Abroad
With flights abroad steadily decreasing in price, there’s no excuse not to travel internationally more often (other than work flexibility). But you could probably afford to travel even more if your accommodations were covered, which is where Trusted Housesitters comes in.
People use the website to be matched up with responsible petsitters to take care of their animals (and home) while they’re away. In return, the pet owners of everything from dogs to pigs to horses give the sitter top-notch housing, which is perfect for anyone who wants to travel on a budget. So how do the pet owners benefit? They get awesome complimentary petsitting, and their animals don’t have to be cooped up in a kennel while they’re away. (By the way, vets say that pets are happier in the comfort of their own homes while their owners are gone.)
And when it comes to payment, money never exchanges hands with Trusted Housesitters since it’s a trade (except there is a $119 annual membership fee, which sounds pretty reasonable). A whopping 300,000 plus members are registered in over 140 different countries, so it may be time to break out your travel map to see where you want to go next (a few days in the French countryside or a luxurious stay in a Spanish villa perhaps?).
Since every house on the website is different, you need to earn your way to a top-tier stay. To do that, it’s essential to acquire rave reviews. Before you try to book an in-demand house, schedule some other stays first (local or otherwise). Your positive reviews will help you unlock a higher status, but it may take a little while at first—so be patient. Once you snag your dream gig in the area of your choice, it’s time to pack your bags and jet off. Happy “sitting.”
Tell us, would you ever use a website like this to stay in top-notch accommodations while traveling? Why or why not? Be sure to tell us in the comments.