There’s a lot of house sitting websites out there. And like anything, some of these sites are great. Then there’s the not so great ones.
I was fortunate enough to secure a house and cat sit in Launceston thanks to Aussie House Sitters. I hadn’t considered Launceston as a holiday destination before, but I’m glad I finally made my way to the north of Tasmania.
I wanted to visit Hobart (again) before making my way to Launceston for my first interstate house and cat sit. So I booked a room at the same place I’d stayed about five years ago. The Alabama Hotel.
House and cat sitting in your city/town is probably a great way to start out. You’ll get some ‘experience’ and hopefully a five-star review. But it wasn’t until May 2019, after completing 11 sits in the United States, that I accepted an invitation for an overnight sit in Brisbane.
With no new cat sitting content to share right now, I’ve decided to reflect on my house sitting journey so far. I’ll touch on where I’m off to in the next few weeks and where I hope to make it to in 2020.
Birmingham was definitely a change of pace. There isn’t a Starbucks on every corner. Not even a 7/11. Not one. In the entire city of Birmingham. But they did just open a cat cafe here.
This was my third house and cat sit in the Seattle area within the past 12 months. Only this time I was staying in Lake Forest Park. Not technically Seattle. Lake Forest Park’s about 20 kilometres north of downtown Seattle, but it’s still Seattle to me.
I was told Austin is Nashville’s big sister. And I can see the similarities. There’s plenty of live music venues. Both cities have a big food scene. Everyone’s really friendly. But Austin’s a lot more humid. The temperature’s already in the mid-20s when you wake up. And it’s still about 30°C when you go to bed.
This Nashville house and cat sit was the first one I applied for when putting my month and a half-long trip together. And it wasn’t until recently I’d even thought about visiting Nashville. But I’m glad I decided to.
I was chatting with my workmates one morning and found out another staff member, originally from the UK, lives rent free in Australia—i.e. she looks after other people’s homes in exchange for a free place to stay. And while I don’t care much for the house sitting lifestyle here in Australia, I thought to myself ‘If she can do it, I could probably do it [international house sitting]’.