House Sitting with Trusted House Sitters

by Layla
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House sitting in New Zealand

You may have noticed I often write about house sitting when I travel, that’s because house sitting is a great way to get free accommodation around the world.  It’s so easy to get setup as a house sitter with Trusted House Sitters and anyone can do it.

House sitting opens up a world of opportunity to stay in amazing places you didn’t know about, or stay in accommodation you wouldn’t normally have the budget to stay in when you’re travelling.

You could end up staying in a Caribbean beachfront apartment, a secluded log cabin in the Colorado mountains, an Italian villa on the Amalfi Coast or a lakefront lodge in New Zealand.

And you could stay in all for these places, for free.



House sitting is an exchange of services by mutual agreement, whereby a house sitter gets to stay in a property for free whilst the owner is away and the homeowner has their property, possessions and pets cared for by you in return.
Often the house sitter is able to use all the property facilities and sometimes have the use of a car too.

Often the homeowner doesn’t want to leave their dogs in expensive dog kennels or pay a dog walker to come walk their pet every day, so getting a house sitter is a great solution for them.

It’s a trust based, fair exchange, arrangement where the house sitter gets to live rent-free in exchange for carrying out the tasks involved in caring for a house and pets.  This usually involves feeding and walking the pets, general maintenance and cleaning of the house and keeping things running as the owner would.

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Dog Walks on Mount Maunganui Beach



Anyone can! That’s the beauty of it, the skills required to house sit are life skills most people have already picked up in their day-to-day lives.
House sitting is perfect for single travellers, digital nomads, freelancers, couples, retirees, even entire families.

You could be a freelancer looking for somewhere secluded and inspiring to focus on work, a digital nomad or traveller using house sitting as a cheap way to travel a country,  a couple saving for your first home, an animal loving retiree who loves to travel, or even a family who is looking to try out a different lifestyle in a new place.

If you can look after a house and care for pets, you can house sit.



House sitting opens up some amazing opportunities to get free accommodation around the world or even in your local area. You don’t always have to travel to house sit, there are often house sitting jobs very near to you, in your local town or city.

You could be pet sitting in a modern, stylish apartment in downtown Manhattan, New York City,  you could stay in a traditional French farmhouse in the South of France, pet sit in a poolside condo on the Gold Coast of Australia or be a dog walker in a beautiful Georgian town house in Central London.

During our many years of house sitting, we have been fortunate enough to stay in some beautiful houses, in some stunning locations. 
Here are just a few of the house sit and pet sit locations we’ve done around the world:



We’ve done a lot of long-term house sitting in New Zealand.
Like this one, where we were staying in a chilled apartment in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand looking after an amazing English Bull Terrier-Greyhound cross dog.

This house sit is just one road down from the beach and has a great backyard complete with palm trees and a hammock, a perfect location for beach hangs and exploring the beach town of Mount Maunganui.

This is one of our regular house sits that we do when we’re in New Zealand and also one of our favourites due to the awesome dog and great location.

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Pet sitting this gorgeous girl in New Zealand



A Thai condo in the popular Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, Thailand, looking after two fun-loving fox terrier dogs.

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House sitting in Bangkok, Thailand

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It’s always doggy playtime – house sitting in Bangkok



House sitting in Thailand at a Yoga Bungalow retreat on the island of Koh Lanta on the Andaman coast of Thailand, taking care of a laid-back Labrador.

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House sitting a yoga bungalow retreat on Koh Lanta island, Thailand

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Doggy beach walks on Koh Lanta island, Thailand



House sitting in Australia at a Victorian, suburban townhouse in Perth, Western Australia, looking after an awesome and cuddly Groodle.

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House sitting in Perth, Australia

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House sitting in Malaysia at a stylish apartment with a great view of KL skyline in Kuala Lumpur, taking care of a talkative, fluffy cat.

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Amazing KL city skyline, house sitting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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House sitting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

These are just a few of the many house sits we’ve completed, just imagine where you could go.

You could be spending your next Christmas on the beach and your New Years Eve in a vibrant city.  Or imagine spending Easter in the mountains or your summer holidays at a lakeside retreat.



I love being a pet sitter or house sitter abroad, it’s the ultimate travel indulgence for me. I get to travel to amazing countries, get free accommodation around the world and stay in interesting places, but I also get to live a completely different lifestyle.

I can live in properties I normally wouldn’t be able to rent and I can try out beach life, mountain living or an inner city lifestyle. It means I can go somewhere new and live like a local, explore local areas and experience the community and culture.

As a travelling freelancer, I do move quite often and being on the road all the time can take its toll. Sometimes it’s so good to stop moving for a while and have all the comforts of a house, plus pets to cuddle and hang out with.

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Dog and beach hangs in New Zealand



As a typical one-night stay in a hotel could be as high as $100 a night (in some cities it could be 3x this amount), house sitting can end up saving you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in accommodation costs.
So we think house sitting is the smart thing to do, if you want to see amazing places and get free accommodation. It’s a no-brainer really.

People often ask us what are the best house sitting websites for finding house sitting jobs.

We use a few but mostly we use the highly trusted and global website Trusted Housesitters. They are the #1 most trusted and popular site for House sitters and for Homeowners and we love using them.

Their website is user-friendly, informative and has everything you need to find your next perfect house sit.  I find myself browsing this website for hours sometimes, looking at all the incredible places I could stay in!

When you join Trusted Housesitters as a House sitter, your membership will include:


  • Unlimited access to all the available house sits around the world

  • Messaging services with Homeowners 

  • Trusted House Sitters smartphone app so you can browse on the go

  • House sitting resources to build your profile

  • 24/7 access to a vet assistance help line


All you have to do is sign up to Trusted Housesitters, pay one payment of $119 USD and that gets you a whole year of house sitting membership goodness. 

Then create your House sitter profile and you’re good to go. 

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Sure it’d be great if all online memberships were free right? But sometimes to get something great, you have to invest a little.

We had 4 months of continuous house sits lined up when we were in New Zealand, so that sign-up fee was a tiny amount in comparison to what we would’ve paid, if we had to pay for 4 months of accommodation in New Zealand. (Which would’ve cost around 18,000 NZD).

In most popular cities around the world, you’ll pay around $100-$150 per night for a hotel. In beach resort locations, you’ll pay even more.

So after only two nights house sitting, your membership will have already paid for itself!

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Summer House sitting in New Zealand

As a Trusted House Sitters member you can browse hundreds of house sits all over the world anytime, on the website or using the Trusted House Sitters app. 

You’ll also get a daily email of all the brand new house sitting jobs, a day before anyone else sees them.  So you can always have a chance to be the first to apply.

Click here to join Trusted House Sitters now and get 20% off. Then you can get started planning your next dream house sit location.

Next go check out my step-by-step guide on How to Become a House sitter, so you can learn how to write a great profile and get those house sitting jobs you really want.

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We prefer and recommend Trusted House Sitters for the huge range of house sits, but if you want to consider other websites, you can read this post reviewing all the best house sitting websites we use, for finding house sitting jobs.

House sitting is one of the greatest travel hacks I’ve discovered, after all – it’s free accommodation all around the world!
It’s always a ‘win-win’ situation and most of the fantastic places I’ve stayed in and the awesome friendships I’ve made, I owe to my happy, house sitting experiences.


Sign up to Trusted House Sitters now and get started!

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Happy House Sit hunting! πŸ™‚


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Simone 13 September 2018 - 9:02 PM

We have done house sitting in France, and I always wandered which would be the best site when traveling abroad…. and here’s the answer! Thank you so much !

Layla 13 September 2018 - 9:15 PM

You’re welcome πŸ™‚

Ee Sing 14 September 2018 - 1:45 AM

This is such an amazing idea. I have never thought of it! Thanks for sharing this out! You also don’t have to worry about your accommodation environment because you know that it’s livable.

Layla 14 September 2018 - 10:09 AM

You’re welcome πŸ™‚

Celine 14 September 2018 - 3:42 AM

I’ve never done housesitting before but I like the concept. How long in advance do you usually need to start looking for a place?

Layla 14 September 2018 - 10:07 AM

Whenever you need one. Most Homeowners like to chat with the Housesitter about a month or two in advance, maybe longer if it’s a very long house-sit. Although some Homeowners want last minute Housesitters too.

Navita Deshpande 14 September 2018 - 4:26 AM

As budget travelers , we are always looking for options to facilitate our slow travels! Trusted Housesitters sounds like a great option for traveling the world and manage the funds too.. amazing to get free accommodation anywhere! Will explore more on this one!

Layla 14 September 2018 - 10:10 AM

It is a great way to save on accommodation prices when you want to stay somewhere for a long time. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Claire 14 September 2018 - 5:00 AM

Free accommodation AND cuddles with little fur babies?! Yes please, it’s a great idea, sign me up!

Layla 14 September 2018 - 10:11 AM

Fur Babies for days! Hope you end up trying it out πŸ™‚

Jess D 14 September 2018 - 6:36 AM

I had never heard about house sitting before this article so thanks for sharing! It has opened up my eyes on new ways that we can travel. Thank you!

Layla 14 September 2018 - 10:11 AM

You’re welcome, thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

Danny Hill 14 September 2018 - 10:16 AM

How long can you end up house sitting for? Sounds like a perfect idea for people exploring the world! Defiantly going to consider it in the future!

Layla 15 September 2018 - 12:04 PM

You can get house sits for any duration, a few days to 4-6 months sometimes. I’m doing one right now in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand for 4 months, it would cost thousands of dollars to stay here for that long in hotels or even hostels πŸ™‚

Alice 14 September 2018 - 10:42 AM

For sure this is a great idea. I’m always looking for new ways to travel cheap and save money where I can. Everyone should keep this option in mind. I never had a chance to try this personally but I’m definitely up for it!

Layla 15 September 2018 - 1:04 PM

Great! Hope you try it out and thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

alison 14 September 2018 - 11:33 AM

So smart! I would love to have that opportunity to do some free stays, but I don’t know how happy people would be to have an entire family show up to watch the pooch. This is a great way to see the world.

Layla 15 September 2018 - 12:09 PM

Hi Alison. Some Homeowners are perfectly happy to have families do their house sit. Read the house sitting job ads on Trusted Housesitters to find the ones who are up for it. But it’s always worth asking anyway. For e.g. A lot of housesits in New Zealand have large houses on a lifestyle block with lots of land so they often don’t mind, especially if you approach the from the angle of being a travelling family. Then they know you’re used to the lifestyle πŸ™‚

Eric Gamble 14 September 2018 - 12:32 PM

Genius idea to house sit or pet sit with Trusted House Sitters. We haven’t tried it yet but I have an account. It always seems to hard to get accepted or at least it did when I tried once a year or so ago. But I definitely want to keep at it because like you said free is always better than the high costs of rooms in popular destinations.

Layla 15 September 2018 - 12:12 PM

Hi Eric. Yes it can be competitive to secure a housesit when you’re first starting out. Especially in popular cities. We have done sits in cities like Bangkok, Perth, Auckland and Kuala Lumpur. It’s all about creating the perfect profile and curating your first contact message.

I’m actually currently writing an e-Book on how to secure housesits and other inside info. Keep a lookout for it πŸ™‚

Shelley Lee 14 September 2018 - 1:05 PM

Great information! I’ve always wondered if these housesitting websites were worth paying for because it seems almost too good to be true. Now I’ll definitely look into it! πŸ™‚

Layla 15 September 2018 - 12:15 PM

Thanks! Always worth it if you ever pay for accommodation in cities or just want a stopover somewhere. It’s amazing how many weekend long house-sits there are, in popular cities – perfect for for a low cost city break. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

Katie 14 September 2018 - 1:42 PM

Great post! I have been house sitting for nearly 2 years now while travelling around Canada. Even though I go home to the UK in a month, your post is inspiring me to carry on!

Layla 15 September 2018 - 12:17 PM

Thank you πŸ™‚ Yea isn’t it amazing where you can go?! I spend SO long sometimes on Trusted Housesitters site browsing the awesome destinations I could house sit in! Never been to Canada but I’m definitely up for it and will be looking for a house sit there when I go πŸ™‚

Inna 14 September 2018 - 5:40 PM

I have heard about house sitting but never done it myself. I never came across any article about it like yours.
And it is such an amazing idea, now after all the information I saw here, I’m motivated to try house sitting πŸ™‚ Thanks!

Layla 15 September 2018 - 12:19 PM

Hi Inna, thanks! Yes it’s such a great way to get free accommodation and get to know an area properly. It’s a win-win situation πŸ™‚

Chandni 14 September 2018 - 11:31 PM

This is amazing! I didn’t know a concept of house sitting exists. Joining the community right away.

Layla 15 September 2018 - 12:20 PM

Awesome – hope you get some great house sits from it! πŸ™‚

Daniel 15 September 2018 - 2:27 AM

Thanks for this informative article! I always wondered whether housesitting websites were worth paying for and always thought it seemed almost too good to be true. It’s definitely something I’ll consider in the future.

Layla 15 September 2018 - 1:03 PM

Definitely worth the once a year membership. It’s only the cost on 1 x night in a Hotel. I must’ve saved thousands doing it πŸ™‚

Alex Trembath 15 September 2018 - 6:03 PM

We’re very interested in house sitting and have met some people who’ve done it recently. Seems such a good way to see new places without a big budget. But we wouldn’t know where to get started! This is super helpful, thank you!!

Layla 16 September 2018 - 3:11 PM

You’re welcome. Hope you end up finding something πŸ™‚

Jayashree Sengupta 16 September 2018 - 5:21 AM

This is an awesome idea, never tried it though. Would like to try sometime.

Layla 16 September 2018 - 3:11 PM

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Pinar 16 September 2018 - 11:04 AM

I wouldn’t have even considered house-sitting before! This is such a great idea. Plus it seems like you got to stay in some really cool places and hang out with pets (major animal lover over here) so it seems like a win all round to me!

Layla 16 September 2018 - 3:12 PM

It’s definitely a win-win if you’re an animal lover! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Alexander 16 September 2018 - 11:31 AM

Never tried house sitting, but have a lot of experience with Couchsurfing behind. I still consider it the main option when I travel to somehwere.

Layla 16 September 2018 - 3:13 PM

Yea Couchsurfing is great. It’s so short-term though. I love Housesitting because you can get weeks or even a month somewhere for free. Plus you get the place to yourself πŸ™‚

Meg Roberts 17 September 2018 - 9:27 AM

This sounds like a dream come true! I’d love to pet sit in exchange for a free place to stay. What a great idea! Makes me think of the movie “The Holiday” but with cute dogs instead of Jude Law.

Layla 17 September 2018 - 10:12 AM

Ha, brilliant! Yea totally, dogs are way cuter than dudes! πŸ™‚

sumit walia 17 September 2018 - 4:42 PM

never knew this , so like when you are planning a holiday abroad then you start checking the region to see what options come up .. is this how you do it or someway else

Layla 18 September 2018 - 4:23 PM

You go on Trusted and browse for house-sits in the country or region you’re going to, then if you find some available, you can decide to apply. You do have to be a member of Trusted Housesitters to apply for house-sits and message homeowners though, if you follow the links in my post, you can join for 20% off πŸ™‚

Ferny 9 October 2018 - 10:15 AM

Pet sitting or house sitting! Wow that sounds fantastic. Specially the pet sitting, it’s a wonderful idea for nomads or solo travelers.
What a great experience, I can stay with lovely fur babies all day!

Layla 9 October 2018 - 11:08 AM

Hey Ferny πŸ™‚ Yes it’s really great for solo travellers. All that free accommodation in expensive cities is awesome! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚


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