I know. Technically speaking, house sitting is a job. And if you are anything at all like my husband – JOB is a four letter word. He’s retired and he’s loving every minute of it. Thank you very much.
No job. No money. No problem.
Yep, that’s his current philosophy. And it’s been working out for him so far. Of course, his other half is still bringing home the bacon, as they say. And right now, his bacon is organic, peppered, and fresh from the farmers market. But someday very soon all of that is going to change because this old girl is going to retire too, and then the cash flow is going to become a cash trickle.
And that’s why I see some kind of work in my retirement future. And, truth be told, I’m really okay with that. I’m not sure what I’d become if I didn’t have something going on to keep me busy most of the time. Something that challenges both brain and body. If I can get paid (in cash or in kind) for said work and if it’s interesting and on my terms. Well, count me in.
That’s why house sitting makes perfect sense as a retirement option for traveling gypsy wannabe’s like hubs and I.
It would give us the ability to pack up our backpacks, grab our rollies, and travel the world – one house sitting job at a time. And do it on a limited retirement budget. And maybe we’d have enough money left over for some really good bacon every now and then.
I’ve been pondering this idea for a while now. I signed up on the Trusted Housesitter site as both “looking for a house sitter” and “looking for house sitting opportunities” back in August. We were down to the wire on finding a sitter for our cat, Mr. Ricky. I received several interesting offers, but found a wonderful sitter close to home. Now, each morning I get the most enticing email from Andy Peck of Trusted HouseSitters with a list of the latest house sitting opportunities. And yes, every morning I open this email and thoroughly read each house sitting offer – and I dream…
Here are a couple from this morning’s post ~
Pet sitter needed for my Schmoodle for three and a half weeks in Underwood, Australia
I am looking for a dog lover to mind Kobe my beautiful boy Schmoodle. I would prefer someone who loves dogs as he is my baby and someone that doesn’t have a problem with him sleeping on the end of the bed. He is a non-shedding dog.
All I ask is that you leave my house as you found it. Must love animals. My main priorty is for you to look after Kobe and throw his ball for him when he wants to play. Would prefer someone that does housesitting as their way of living. I have a three bedroom house at Underwood close to shops and transport.
Pet sitter needed for lovely springer spaniel, fluffy cat and chickens in Fontaine-Chalendray, France
We are a family looking for someone to feed and walk Rollo once a day, and feed minky the cat. Both are really easy going. Rollo cannot be tired out and the walks are lovely here! He is patient though and will wait for his walk if you need a lie in or its raining! The chickens will also need feeding and watering, and of course you can collect and eat their lovely eggs. wifi. lovely walks and bike rides direct from house, local swimming lake 10 mins. 1 hour to the sea. 40 minutes cognac.1 hr 20 La Rochelle. bikes and kayaks an be borrowed. huge woodland garden.
Sounds lovely doesn’t it?
So, if you are like us, and have been looking for ways to travel more in your retirement, and not break the bank to do it, you might want to look into house sitting.
I found this list on the Trusted HouseSitters website and I couldn’t agree more.
5 Reasons House Sitting Makes the Perfect Retirement
1. You save money on accommodations. The most obvious benefit of house sitting is the money you will same on hotel stays or holiday rentals. For those on a fixed retirement income this can be a huge advantage.
2. Travel for longer – As you no longer have to pay for somewhere to stay, you can spend more time exploring a new location and really get a feel for an area that you might have had to rush through otherwise.
3. Discover new areas – By being flexible with where you house sit, you can discover fantastic locations that you wouldn’t have though about visiting otherwise.
4. Meet new people – Many house sitters say that they have made lifelong friends on their assignments as friends. Walking the dog in a local park is a great way to meet people and make new friends.
5. Live like a local – House sitting allows you to really experience an area in a way that you might not when staying in a hotel. Shopping in the corner market or the weekly farmer’s markets, using local transportation, meeting your neighbors at local gatherings. All enrich your live like a local experience.
And, just in case you were wondering – I have chicken sitting experience from a home exchange we did last year. Dog, cat, chickens, French countryside – I think I can handle that.
Let the house sitting adventures begin!