How to Get Paid to Vacation

This budget travel hack will give you a chance to make some money while you’re on vacation.

Hotels are one of the most expensive parts of travel. But what if you didn’t have to pay for a place to stay? Better yet, what if you could actually get paid to stay? There’s a travel hack for that. House sitting is a creative way to actually make money while you travel and have a comfortable home base - the ultimate traveling local.

Companies like HouseCarers match homes with house-sitters. Home owners around the world register with HouseCarers when they need someone to look after their home during a vacation or extended absence. That’s where you come in. All you have to do is register as a house sitter on the site and you’ll be able to book house sitting “jobs” in the places you want to travel. As a house sitter, you'll be able to stay in the home and may be responsible for looking after pets or some basic home care like watering plants and keeping the place clean.

As a house sitter you may be responsible for looking after pets or some basic home care.

Basic registration is free so you can get started and see what's out there. If you decide it's a good solution for you, registration is just $50 for the year which you can easily make back with a single house sitting gig.

When you set up your account you'll be asked for some basic info.

On the registration form, make sure that you include the "available dates" as your preferred travel dates, and enter every city/town that you're interested in visiting so that you can see the house sitting gigs in those areas. We recommend keeping your dates as flexible as possible so you get as many options as you can. This usually won't work for trips that are last minute, but if you're planning ahead and have flexible dates it can be a fantastic choice.

Pros:

  • Getting paid to go on vacation.
  • Many long-term gigs for longer vacations.
  • Cuddly roommates.

Cons:

  • Getting paid to go on vacation.
  • Many long-term gigs for longer vacations.
  • Cuddly roommates.


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