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Suitcase Stories: House Sitting Around The World

House Sitting Around The World: Guest post from the lovely Nicole and Michael of Suitcase Stories.

Nicole and Michael of Suitcase Stories

When we tell people we are permanent travelers the first thing they ask is “How do you afford that?”  People think we must have won the lottery or inherited $1 million from a long lost uncle.


I wouldn’t mind if either of those happened to be honest but the truth is, we worked hard, saved money and have taught ourselves how to keep our costs to a minimum so we don’t go through the savings too quickly!

The most expensive part of traveling for most people is the cost of accommodation.  Depending on your preferences, you are usually looking between $50 – $100 per night for a ‘cheap’ hotel room.

No one could sustain a permanent travel life, while not earning an income, on that kind of expense.  So what is out secret?  HOUSE SITTING!

Can you believe that people all over the world let complete strangers into their home to live rent free? Its true!  And this is exactly how we keep our costs down.

The way it works is a homeowner will let the housesitter stay in their home for free in exchange for some small duties such as caring for their pets, keeping the house clean and putting out the trash.  I know it sounds to good to be true but there are thousands of people utilizing house sitting services all over the world.


House sitting is fast becoming the preferred way of travel for long term travelers.  And I can understand why.  Not only do you save a ton of money but you also get to experience each place you go as a local.  You see things differently when you are looking through the eyes of a local.  You are no longer simply a tourist but someone who can experience the culture and customs in a place simply by living it in.

And on top of that, there is the luxury issue.  Yes, house sitting provides you a more luxurious travel method than staying at cheap hotels.  And I’m not just talking about the big things like the million dollar beach home, although I’ll get to that soon, I’m talking about having your own kitchen to cook in; a private laundry instead of a laundry mat; a garden to sit and read a book in.

Of course there can be a lot more luxury than just your own kitchen!  We have been fortunate to live in beach houses, a million dollar home in the mountains, a renovated dream house and a breathtaking island home.  I don’t know about you but I don’t mind having a little bit of luxury as I travel!

Of course not all homes that are offered are million dollar beach houses.  There is everything from inner city apartments, condos, cottages in the woods, suburban homes, farm houses and everything in between.  There is no end to your options for house sitting!

House sitting has allowed us, and continues to allow us, to travel the world on a full time basis.  We no longer have a place we call home but we are never without somewhere to live!


House Sitting Around the World is part of my travel blogger network series.  

Nicole, and her husband Michael, are an Australian couple in who gave up their careers, sold their possessions and left their ‘conventional’ life behind for a life of travel. They have been living a nomadic life for 13 months and see no end in sight.

They recently launched Suitcase Stories, a website where they share their stories, travel tips and destination guides.  Their main goal for this website is to inspire others to travel and to show people how long term travel is not only possible but affordable.

As avid house sitters Nicole and Michael want to share their experience and show others how a life of travel is not only possible but affordable through house sitting.

You can follow their journey on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


4 thoughts on “Suitcase Stories: House Sitting Around The World

  1. Very interesting concept! Not sure how people trust strangers though, seems a bit odd.

    Posted by Bashar A. | May 5, 2013, 12:13 pm
    • I have house sat several times and have others house sits lined up. House sitting is Unique. I feel like I know the homeowners and they know me before we agree on a house sitting assignment. We talk on the phone and develop a friendship.

      Posted by Tina Klein | May 9, 2013, 8:28 pm
  2. What a great way to keep on traveling

    Posted by planetlew | May 9, 2013, 6:00 pm
  3. I have only house sat for my friends when they have travelled. It was better for their cats to have someone in the house rather than put them into a kennel. I can see why people would want to have a house sitter – not only just for their pets. Some time ago, my father was in the hospital for an extended period of time and some local kids broke into his home. The violation was terrible. Had someone been living in the house – it would never have happened! Having lived through that, I can totally understand why people would use a house sitting service – even it the person is somewhat of a stranger, the service offers the opportunity for people to write reviews about the house sitter and you can feel a little safer knowing that you have someone that has been trusted in the houses of others. I hope to try house sitting in the near future – I am sure my first time, I will feel awkward to be in a strangers house…but I know that I will show the respect for their property that they should expect, and care for their pets, giving them the confidence to relax and enjoy their travels!

    Posted by Anita Mac | May 10, 2013, 9:29 am

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