Housesitting abroad can be an excellent way of not only earning money whilst abroad but also having access to free accommodation - so you don't need to worry about paying for perhaps the most expensive ongoing travel expense.
There are a number of ways to get involved with housesitting and a number of different websites to use, from generic sites such as Gumtree to focused websites such as Mind My House.
It is worth taking into consideration a few key points when housesitting;
- Is the house in the right location for you? Do you need extra transport to get there / get around the local area? Is the area safe?
- Does the house suit your needs? Does it have any structural issues?
- Can the houseowner provide a contract to limit your liability?
- Consider any insurance that you might need to housesit. Discuss this with the homeowner.
Housesitting can be an extremely easy way to travel the world - many travellers form networks and travel across the world using each others properties - but it's also very easy to simply go to stay somewhere for a few weeks with no experience. As long as you can prove you are trustworthy and reliable, it can be a far easier experience than trying to find that illusive office job. Have a look at our useful house sitting tips.