If you’re traveling for the Fourth of July, but want to explore new places after the holiday, try house sitting in exchange for pet sitting. TrustedHousesitters and HouseCarers work just like Airbnb, but there is no rental fee. Instead, homeowners trust you to take care of their apartment or home and of course, their furbaby.
TrustedHousesitters and HouseCarers connect house sitters, those who are traveling, with home owners. While home owners are away, their pets are cared for in exchange for free lodging. As a house sitter, Maureen Murphy, an associate professor at the University of Maryland, traveled around the world. Her home sitting duties included cooking medium rare filet mignon for a pup to milking a cow and serving that milk to a family’s six dogs. It’s not all work. From swimming with manta rays in Mantaray Island to a helicopter tour above the Twelve Apostles in Australia, Murphy experienced the world on a budget.
Your Fourth of July vacation doesn’t have to be as worldly as Murphy’s. These sites pair locally as well. Some home owners may need simple task completed such as walking his/her dog or cleaning out the cat’s litter box while he/she is on a business trip. The options are various depending on your location needs and length of stay.
Whatever your holiday plans are, free lodging in exchange for pet sitting is a win-win.
Happy Fourth of July!