House Sitting: A Perfect Way For Nomads To Discover The Developed World


In the past five years, the mobile workforce (that is, the segment of the population able to conduct their work remotely from any place on the planet) has exploded, giving rise to the digital nomad. While some have achieved an income that has allowed them to live comfortably in just about any country on Earth, most presently only earn an amount that affords them a good lifestyle in lower cost areas of the globe.

Upon their return to the first world, it’s a monthly struggle to break even, even with travel costs deducted from their budget. Until these workers succeed in increasing their monthly revenues to a place where the everyday expenses of developed nations don’t inflict egregious pain on their bank account, they will have to find hacks that will allow them to squeeze out profits in the most challenging part of the world to do so.

One workaround that allows digital nomads to drastically reduce their baseline expenses is to become a house sitter. Simply put, it involves taking care of a residence while the owner is away on vacation or business, and it usually involves caring for their pets, in addition to completing necessary chores.

Sound like more work than you are willing to take on? It’s well worth the time and effort for what it will pay you in return.

House sitting…

will save you money

In places like the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, motel rooms often cost a minimum of $60. Noisy hostels run at least $25 on average. When you house sit, the cost to you for your accommodation is zero, mandatory chores excepted. On long house sits, you may have to take of utilities, but on a per day basis, it still blows traditional accommodation options in the first world out of the water!

means being able to stay in an actual home

Motels and hotels, while quiet and possessing attractive amenities, tend to lack the charm that a lived-in home possesses. A real kitchen with an endless assortment of spices. Separate bedrooms. A well-tended garden to chill out in. You just won’t find this in 99% of motels or hotels out there.

allows you to actually live like a local

While it’s cool that hotels and hostels are located in the heart of downtown and tourist districts, they often fail to represent how the residents of a city actually live, considering that their neighbourhoods are far away from these areas. A house sit puts you in the heart of a residential neighbourhood, allowing you to feel the pulse of a place like Vancouver in the same manner that a year-round resident does.

means you get to share your travel experience with adorable furry roommates

Most house sits involve taking care of an adorable furball that will be your new friend for the duration of your stay. If you are an animal lover, you will get to connect with cute kitties, puppies, and on some assignments, even farm animals like chickens, cows, and horses!

… will give you the space and silence you need to get some serious work done

While working and traveling can be grand, it can be a tricky balance even at the best of times. Hostels are non-stop hives of activity, noisy neighbors in hotels can break your concentration, and even if the stars align in your favour, tourist areas will tempt you with distractions just outside your door. By getting a house sit, you’ll gain the solace, silence, and distance from the action that you need to be super productive while you are on the road.

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