In September 2020, because of covid, my husband went full-time remote working. We were/are big fans of Airbnb and decided that we would give up our city centre - no outside space, apartment to see if it was possible to move around living full time in Airbnb accommodation.
This worked well for us until May 2021 when we needed to be somewhere specific for a wedding. The venue was in a remote location and we could not find any Airbnb accommodation.
As I was Admin on a large Airbnb Host Facebook forum, I put a shout-out asking if anyone had any accommodation we could use. None did, but one Airbnb host asked if we had tried house-sitting.
We had never heard of it but a quick Google search brought up Trustedhousesitters, We joined immediately and got lucky - there was a listing exactly where we wanted to be!
Having zero housesitting experience we joined this forum and were overwhelmed with the generosity of experienced hosts that were happy to share their advice, knowledge and experiences with us. This kindness encouraged us to apply for the sit and we were delighted to get accepted.
Unfortunately, one of the home hosts fell ill so that initial booking was cancelled but, by then we had already become addicted to daily checking out the new listings and had already started to apply to other sits that took our fancy.
After more than twenty rejections, out of the blue, we received our first-ever private invitation from a home host that had previously rejected us. His first choice of sitter had cancelled on him, he was now desperate, could we help out?
We were not too proud to be ‘second choice Rose’ so immediately agreed and our house-sitting adventure was, at last, out of the starting blocks!
We did our first sit in May 2021 in Towcester UK, looking after Mistletoe the cat (You never forget your first sit!) It could not have been a better first house-sitting experience and we left proudly waving and now armed with our first review to show future guests. ( The home host very kindly didn’t mention that I broke a vase whilst I was hoovering!)
“Colin and Karyo were just excellent. They were able to sit at the last minute after I was let down by one house sitter. They let me know of their arrival time and were completely reliable in all aspects. They were very polite, friendly, and courteous and asked all the right questions when we had a chat initially. On arrival, we met up and they were lovely. I was away for 4 weeks and I received regular updates on mistletoe – she seemed much happier with them than I! Was great to know both she and the house were being looked after. Completely self-sufficient as a couple – did not require anything from me at all. I have come back to an amazingly clean house, my plants in the back garden are thriving, my patio, table etc all look so much cleaner and more inviting than when I left and my cat Mistletoe is a very happy little girl. Would completely recommend Colin and Karyo 100%”.
The disappointment of our initial twenty or so rejections now seemed like a distant memory and our applications were suddenly now getting accepted!
That all seems like a long time ago now, and since then, our lives have been a bit of a whirlwind!!
We have sat all around the UK, in Spain, and in New Zealand. Currently, we are sitting in Australia on our 35th house sit. We are booked to be in Brussels all through September and In Amsterdam all through November!
Along the way, we have had the pleasure to meet in person other house sitters and home hosts that we now call friends. Some brand new to house sitting and others that are are far more experienced than us. All have the common denominator of ‘getting’ this lifestyle and of loving travel and loving animals.
We can not imagine settling to a permanent address again anytime in the future and will be forever thankful for the encouragement of members of this group when we were wet behind the ears and also to our nephew, who decided to get married in the middle of nowhere back in May 2021