Housesitting: A fun way to travel the world on a dime

September 8, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More


Housesitters Rick & Colleen Ray of

Housesitters Rick & Colleen Ray of

Love to travel? Housesitting entails taking care of someone else’s property (and possibly their pets) in exchange for your stay.

When boomers want to escape the 9-to-5 workplace grind and the demands of caregiving for parents and/or kids wane, many dream of traveling. A recent survey found that 59 percent of retirees look forward to exploring new places during the second part of their lives.

But people soon realize the cost of traveling for extended periods can be daunting, especially when living on a reduced income. That’s why housesitting has become an increasingly popular way to live away from home without the steep pricetag. 

Read my recent article on PBS (also syndicated on that tells how housesitting works and what to watch out for.

Then read about the experience of some of my fellow travel bloggers:

Housesitting Blogs for Inspiration:

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  1. Johanna says:

    I’ve never thought about house-sitting as a way to travel. I guess always having had kids in tow has put me off it – too many catastrophes could happen in someone else’s house! But now, you’ve got me thinking. I’m going to investigate further – and thanks for the links 🙂

  2. Sheryl says:

    I like this idea! I could see myself doing it in a warm-weather climate during the (dreaded, freezing, dark) months of the winter.

  3. I love this idea! We are not retired yet, but it is a great way to see a new area!

  4. This article is spot-on. My husband and I have been traveling around the world for the past two years since we retired – thanks to house and pet sitting. Spain, New Zealand twice, Australia for four months, Caribbean for three months and soon we’re headed off to London for two months. We get free accommodations in exchange for caring for the homeowner’s house and/or pet(s). It’s not for everyone — but if you love pets, are flexible and have a passion for travel, house sitting offers many wonderful rewards the best of which is meeting great people around the world.

    We offer some tips on how others, especially retirees like us can enjoy this great lifestyle at

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