Nomads verses travel from permanent homes

Yes lots and even before I have even seen them on ths there are 20 or more applications.even the ones I have saved


Gotcha, then it’s likely they are going to choose someone nearby who is a perfect match. That’s what I would probably do, especially with the pandemic travel uncertainty. Probably not a preference for “nomads” per se, just people with so many applicants that they can pick and choose. I wouldn’t take it personally.

HI @Genevere I’m wondering if you created your saved searches on the app or the website. I say that as those who did them on the app will get a notification as soon as a listing goes live. Saved searches on the website come in an email generated daily, which may be hours later than the app notification. For prime locations, that can make a difference.


This was my exact worry when we did the jump to sit in North and South America. Would people want overseas sitters? Transport? Vaccinations? Culture differences? Language? The unknown? Issues about travel arrangements? We have stressed about many things but got there in the end. It’s the first one that’s the difficulty. Think of it as starting over again. Make your application more Americanised or wherever you want to sit. Even look for ex pats or people with the same interests are yourself. It’s hard.
We got accepted for a sit in Panama and whilst there a honey pot of a sit in NYC. Now we are on our third sit in Georgia and looking forward to working our way up the east coast to Canada this year. Mexico in the winter then west coast 2023. Hoping to get to Alaska!
Word of warning. It’s a huge country so expect to use Airbnb or some other short term rental company getting from a to b. We bought a car and now looking forward to some road trips in between sits.
PS I too come from Scotland and know exactly what you mean. We went one step further, when we retired we eventually bought an apartment (which is rented out at the moment) on the South coast in Dorset. It’s not always sunny but least the temperature is above freezing most of the time.
Good luck.


Hi @Genevere, I’ve just read your profile. You have great reviews and owners can see you are experienced. However, you could I’m sure include more information about yourself. If I was an owner with pets I would be a little concerned because, to me, you emphasize wanting to travel and house sitting being a great way to do that but do not mention caring for pets. Pets only get a mention in the ones you have personally had. I would be thinking you’re really wanting a holiday in the warmth and pets would be secondary as that’s how I interpret your profile and also your comment starting this thread as pets aren’t mentioned in it either. Maybe a bit of tweaking of your profile plus a few more photos of you with pets would help.

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Hi @Genevere I am also from Scotland, but have been housesitting in and around SE Asia since 2017. I did find that I had to be “in the region” before I got my first sit, as Owners were reluctant to offer me a sit if I was halfway around the world.

However, if you are only looking to sit in Europe, or not quite so far, have you thought about changing your “location” on THS so that owners in the area you would like to sit can find you easily - you can also add in your profile for example " I am in Scotland but I am planning to travel to Spain/France/Italy for 2 weeks in August" This may help

If you are unsure how to change your location, check out another post I made last week, and there are details on how to do this further down the page

Sitter AVAILABILITY Calendar - and how to edit/add/delete dates and location

I have found recently that both owners and sitters are waiting longer to post sits/apply for sits, due to concerns about covid restrictions in various counties.

I plan to be in Singapore in September, so have changed my “location”, along with a comment at the start of my profile.



There might be some truth in it. Nomads, especially digital nomads working from home, and consequently staying at home with pets most of the day keeping them company, might be a more attractive proposition than regular travelers doing touristy things most of the day and potentially leaving pets alone most of the day. Even more so at attractive locations like big cities.

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Sorry to hear that you’ve been receiving a lot of rejections lately. That must be hard, especially when you’ve already completed so many successful sits.

However, I’m not quite sure why you think «nomads » are being prioritized over you. While I can only guess where you may be applying (Spain, Italy, South of France, Greece?), there are many THS sitters who are citizens/full-time residents of those countries, not only nomads. Just as HOs in the UK may be more inclined to invite a sitter living in the UK, the same is true in Europe. The HOs may prefer a local sitter because they can drive to the sit, know the language, are familiar with the culture, etc.

While THS is based in the UK, their sitters live in many different countries. I reside in Switzerland, where there are many active THS sitters. The same is true for Italy, Spain, France, etc.

Good luck finding your sit in the sun! :sunglasses::parasol_on_ground:


We’re such nomads but we actually never apply to sits beyond our current country because we feel we need to be 100% reliable and rules / regulations for entry can still change on a very short notice. If you look at the map you can also see that there are tons of sits in the UK (most with very few applicants) while there are only a few in sunny countries (often with more than enough applicants).

Thanks everyone for your helpful advice


If you are only looking for sits in beach/sunny areas I would think the competition is more likely to be coming from ‘holiday sitters’ rather than from nomads.
Whatever the reason, I think you have a good head start as an experienced sitter with good reviews so not getting despondent and sticking to the tried and trusted adage ‘if at first you don’t succeed’ is the way to go.
Good Luck!


I think you need to elaborate a little more about yourself, why you want to sit (make sure you are saying how you love animals and not just trying to find a free place to stay). Owners want to know you are there are their babies first and foremost, and then that you want to explore. Try not to talk about hotels vs. staying in a home with pets.


I get lots of private invites and they say I’m just what they are looking for to look after there pets and home. but it’s a two way thing and it’s not what I’m looking for.

Everybody is different and for me your profile is lacking all that @long1016 pointed out.
At least you have enough very good reviews to show, so I would probably think it’s not all about a free stay and doing sightseeing for you. If you were a new sitter with this profile I would dismiss it right away and I don’t think I would choose to invite you to sit our cats.

A thing, which one often finds in older people, is that suggestions from others are not taken into consideration, because they have done things “always in a certain way”.
Trying a different approach doesn’t hurt and you can always go back to what you’ve always done if it doesn’t show the desired result. Why don’t you give it a try?


How do you know the owners chose nomads? Did some owners tell you that or do you assume they went for nomads? Cause if you don’t get chosen, you don’t know which person they did go for, right?

We have definitely noticed that already being in the country is a massive advantage. With the travel restrictions that were going on in the last few years, it’s logical & I think a lot of people are still cautious.

For half of my sits, including the very first one which (from what I understand now) was in the first class most desirable location, I got an acceptance immediately. No zoom calls, not even any messages. Bang, acceptance dropped in my mailbox right away. I was so surprised I didn´t know how to proceed.

At a later stage, I asked my hosts … why me? Their reply was … gut feeling, BUT, the keywords apparently were “working from home - your pet will have company most of the time”

They were also a couple of other sits for which I didn´t apply as the timing was wrong, but even there “working from home” were the magic words

p.s. I do understand that “working from home” alone may not be enough but it definitely helps.

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I don’t know that I’d apply this only to older people :grinning:, but these are wise words and this is a good observation. I’ve learned this many times in life (and business) that just because an action or approach has worked for a while it doesn’t mean that it works forever. When things change around us particularly in extreme ways, (and particularly if it concerns or worries us), this can signal the time to review with openness and a new perspective. That’s a choice of course, but as you say, try and if it doesn’t work, change back or review again. What’s to lose when an approach isn’t working :slight_smile:

We’ve always felt that the house sitting lifestyle breeds flexibility and adaptability!


I agree, same for us, they see we’re going to stay with the animals a lot.
My question was for @Genevere , how does she know that the owners went for nomads?

In my very vast experience as a traveler, volunteer and such in many different settings and societal cultures, both in my career and now in retirement I have also come to this realization. Age really is not a huge determining factor. People get set in their beliefs and patterns of behavior at any age. It is simply just a matter of what they are used to and the belief that as @Düsenzofe states

This one reason I enjoy my travels. In my career as a travel nurse for 19 years, I got exposed to not only different populations of patients (clients) but different cultures within healthcare despite “standards” set by governing bodies, individual facilities, units varied immensely in the methods that they practiced. I loved learning and it was these experiences that allowed me to see that there were many ways to achieve a desired outcome and there was no one right or wrong way.
In the beginning, it was extremely challenging because I was “set in my ways” and had a huge ego because of my degrees, certifications and all that stuff we think makes us important. I didn’t think I could be taught anything new BWUAHAHAHAHAH!
Now I am super adaptive, super chill and am always in the “wow, that’s cool, show me more” mode and I am always reassessing and experimenting new ways adapting as required for the what and where of where I am in the moment yet always thinking and looking at what the possibilities are ahead.
Kind of like Siri, recalculating. :earth_africa: :earth_americas:


:rofl::rofl::rofl: you’re right, of course, but older people have had a longer time for doing things “always” like this.