German friends always ask me how can you travel so much and what is House Sitting?
In fact it is not very well known in Germany. It is very popular in countries where it is expensive to employ people to take care of their homes and animals while they are away. The fees charged by pet kennels and catteries can be exorbitant. Many people looking for House Sitters live in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As they don´t have to pay for House Sitters – in exchange for free lodging I am very happy to look after their home and animals according to the requirements. House Sitting has become the solution over the last few years; it is “en vogue” especially for mature travellers :-).
I started with TrustedHouseSitters as this community seemed to be one of the biggest in Europe. There are also dedicated House Sitter websites for countries like Australia, AussieHouseSitters, through which I do as well House Sits in German winters.
Many people have already started businesses on how to get started to be a House Sitter. Through these websites I found a lot of good advice. As well there are active groups on Facebook providing useful information.
If you like to know more about this kind of travelling I´m happy to assist you and share my experience or be YOUR House Sitter :-).