Is International House Sitting For You? (Updated Dec 2019)
As the days quickly approach our first international house sit, a sense of “trepidation and excitement” fill my being. What, do we expect, will be different from house sits in Australia? Will we be capable of handle a situation that may arise, being that we are in another country? Are we kidding ourselves, should we just pack up and head home? All valid questions that any international house sitter may hold. However, as we quickly find out international house sitting, is not that different, than what it is in Australia. Animals still need to be fed, walked, loved and cared for. Houses need to be kept safe and clean. House sitters need to enjoy themselves in their new surroundings. Sure, minor issues may occur that may throw one in a loop for a while, but overall no major differences.
Loveland, Colorado USA will be our first foray into International House Sitting. Where is Loveland we asked ourselves? Google maps has the answer!!! Loveland sits about 74 kms (46 miles) north of Denver the capital of Colorado. Fort Collins is north about 22kms (14 miles) and is home to Colorado State University. To the west lies the beautiful Rocky Mountains National Park with spectacular scenery everywhere you look. It was officially founded in 1877, next to the Big Thompson River and the newly constructed Colorado Central Railroad. It has a semi-arid climate and an average annual snowfall of around 137 cms (54 inches). Our house sit is located north of downtown Loveland. Overall, it looks like the perfect place to commence our International House Sitting adventures.
Our First International House Sitting Introductions
Arriving at Denver International Airport we navigate our way via an underground rail network to reach the main terminal. Upon our exiting we are greeted by our home owners Wil and Els who have graciously come to pick us up. Over the next hours car ride to our new home, for the next 30 days we get to know each other. Swapping banter and stories of how we got to where we are and what we are looking forward too. The landscape on the drive was different to what I was expecting. I thought it would be green and luscious, but instead in was a lot like Australia dry and brown. It is amazing how you build an image of a place only to find you are so far off the reality of it. That was definitely how I was feeling right now.
Pulling up in the driveway we were about to meet the reason why we were here. A small black dog (as Wil calls her) or as we knew her “Gigi”. Wil had warned us that she would be very stand offish and would bark and he was right. It took about 3 days for her to feel comfortable with us and she grew more confident as the days passed. Over the 30 days that we were there, Gigi had accepted us as surrogate mum and dad. Consequently, that made it very hard to leave once Wil and Els returned home. We had a wonderful time with Gigi, walks around the neighbourhood, rough housing with her and long hours patting her as she sat on our laps. Gigi was a cross between a dog and a cat I believe 😊 with good traits from both.
International House Sitting No 1 Completed
We enjoyed immensely the time we shared with Gigi such a wonderful small black dog. Now that our first installment in International House Sitting is complete we look ahead with excitement and anticipation to our coming sits. In general, our first International House Sitting, was a resounding success. Though we had some minor issues with plumbing we really did enjoy this sit.
Amazingly nine months have passed since we started out on our epic life changing adventure. To say the time has passed quickly would be an understatement. In those nine months we have seen some awe inspiring sights, made incredible new friends and bonded with fantastic animals. International house sitting was just a dream this time last year. However, one year on, it is our normal way of life and God willing, will be for the foreseeable future. International house sitting has opened our eyes to how life can be different from what most people consider normal. Now, I know this lifestyle isn’t for everyone and to be honest most people probably think we are crazy. But, having experienced it and seeing how our values of what truly matters have changed we wonder why we didn’t do it earlier. Could you see yourself doing this?
To demonstrate what we have accomplished while international house sitting, I thought I would give you a quick overview. As of 19th of May 2019 we arrive back in Brisbane. Having been gone for 267 days this is a list of interesting numbers
- 13 House Sits totalling 161 days
- Stayed at 4 places of Family members or friends totalling 39 days
- 64 days of paid accommodation
- 14 plane flights 3 of which were overnight
- Hired 4 cars totalling 69 days
- Taken 25 train trips
- 36 buses
- 16 shuttle buses
- 4 ubers/grabs
- House sat in 3 continents but 5 countries
- Visited 8 countries
- Travelled to/through 17 US states
- Driven well over 12000 kilometres
- Flown 45500 kilometres
This is just a few of the statistics, it’s pretty amazing looking back. We have yet to calculate the dollars we have spent but we will do that in the coming weeks.
How Can We Afford To Travel On A Tight Budget
Due to the fact that we are international house sitting it will be a lot less than you would expect if you were to holiday for nine months. Having decided international house sitting was our new life we sold everything. Hence the only monthly bill we have is our mobile phone, which is pretty cool. Carolyn works remotely which is our main source of income, and I am building our website, which is bringing in small amounts of money from affiliate marketing. My other focus is on to get our website to rank well on google. As they say content is king, thus content is my main goal currently.
All our affiliate links can be seen on our web pages at House Sitting Hints. It would be wonderful if you need any of those services if you could use our links, as the companies pay us a small commission, but it doesn’t cost you anything, to use our links. The main link that I feel would be useful for most travellers is our affiliation with Booking.com. It is a great site for booking your hotel accommodation. We have been using them for years for great deals and savings. Also, we have an affiliation for those that may like to earn extra money from home. Click here to learn more.. All my photos on our site are for sale. If you wish to purchase any please contact me.
Patience is a Virtue
As you can see it takes a while to start earning money from a blog but we are slowly getting there. International house sitting, is our new lifestyle and we are loving it. Thus, this gives me the time to work on our blog and bringing to life new projects. Please stay tuned, as they will be coming in the near future.
So as our first year of international house sitting comes to an end, we begin to focus, plan and book our next 12 months.
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Andrew & Carolyn
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