Hi everyone! Been really enjoying connecting with others in the community, but realized I haven’t properly introduced ourselves yet!
We’re Sam and Veren, though it’s me, Sam behind the keyboard here on the forum Here’s me with one of my favorite pups in Madrid, Spain:
We’re full time house sitters (temporarily grounded due to covid-19) that have been members of TrustedHousesitters since 2015. We’ve house sat all over the U.S. and Europe, and lived in Madrid, Spain for a few years as well. We prefer longer house sits (1-3 months) in urban areas, though we have also done more remote sits like an off-grid, solar powered house with 17 animals in the Caribbean (US Virgin Islands)! We tend to return to NYC at least once a year for repeat sits and to see our family and friends there. And when we can get there, we return to Madrid as often as possible - Spain has our heart!
We are bloggers and podcasters at AlternativeTravelers.com, where we write all about house sitting and responsible/vegan travel. It’s our absolute passion to introduce others to the house sitting community and to create a better world through travel. House sitting has given us such freedom, so many amazing experiences and connections with great people and pets around the world, that we just looove welcoming others into the community! We even wrote a book last year, The House Sitting Handbook, to help others live their dream life through house sitting.
We’re also very passionate about sustainable travel that’s better for the environment and local communities. We don’t own a car (another reason we prefer urban situations), and are always trying to reduce our negative impact and increase our positive one on all the places we visit. Actually, we think that house sitting is a great part of sustainable travel since it’s true home sharing and reuse of space/resources, as sitters are occupying a home that would otherwise be vacant.
Ahh I could keep going here but I’ll stop Here’s a photo of me and my partner Veren at San Juan Gaztelugatxe in northern Spain (fellow Game of Thrones fans might recognize the location!)
Been really enjoying connecting with others here. And in case anyone’s on Instagram, that’s my social media of choice, so would love to connect over there as well @alternativetravelers!