There are few things better in life than a) travelling the world and b) cute animals. Those two things may seem unrelated, but they don’t have to be, thanks to Trusted Housesitters — a handy site that matches pet-owning homeowners trying trying to score a vacation with top-notch, vetted pet sitters looking for a free place to crashduring their own travels.
Eat your heart out, Airbnb.
To participate on either end, you’ll need to become an official member. To get the keys to the best homes (and the pets inside, of course), you’ll first need to rack up a series of good ratings, but that shouldn’t be too tough as long as you can pencil in a few local house-/pet-sitting stints the first few times.
Once you earn your stripes as a 5-star sitter, you’ll be more likely to be picked by the most desirable sittees, and score access to some seriously kickass properties from oceanfront spreads in Australia and sprawling London flats, to private villas in the Spanish countryside and 5-bedroom homes in North Carolina. Since you won’t be paying for your lodgings, it’s one hell of a cheap, convenient, and potentially luxurious way to see the world, as long as you’re down to tend to whatever furry/shelled/scaly/feathered creature is in need of attention.