15 episodes

House Sitting Travel is the first podcast on the topic of house sitting to travel the world. In this method of house sitting, house sitters provide pet and home care in exchange for accommodation. Neither house sitter nor pet owner pays for this exchange - it's a win-win for both sides! Hosts Sam and Veren of Alternative Travelers bring the house sitting community together in podcast form for the first time, featuring inspiring interviews with globe trotting house sitters as well as tips, advice, and stories to help you live your dream life through house sitting.

House Sitting Travel Sam Anthony and Veren Ferrera

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    • 4.6 • 5 Ratings

House Sitting Travel is the first podcast on the topic of house sitting to travel the world. In this method of house sitting, house sitters provide pet and home care in exchange for accommodation. Neither house sitter nor pet owner pays for this exchange - it's a win-win for both sides! Hosts Sam and Veren of Alternative Travelers bring the house sitting community together in podcast form for the first time, featuring inspiring interviews with globe trotting house sitters as well as tips, advice, and stories to help you live your dream life through house sitting.

    14: Season 1 Finale!

    14: Season 1 Finale!

    Is it our season 1 finale of House Sitting Travel already?! In this episode, we reflect back on our favorite moments, quotes, and lessons learned from our guests this season. We give some insights into what's next for the podcast and share what our summer travel and house sitting plans are looking like! Between seasons, we'll be regrouping and reflecting, so please please please fill out our super quick listener survey to help us help you:

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    Our book, The House Sitting Handbook: https://www.alternativetravelers.com/house-sitting-handbook/

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    Connect:
    Email us: https://thehousesittingpodcast.com/contact/
    Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housesittingtravel/

    • 23 min
    13: Hecktic Travels with Dalene Heck

    13: Hecktic Travels with Dalene Heck

    Dalene Heck is one half of traveling duo Hecktic Travels, one of the OG travel bloggers and winners of National Geographic Travelers of the Year in 2014. Dalene is the Chief Storyteller, Ladyboss at Hecktic Media Inc., and slayer of Leukemia. She was schooled in business and spent her twenties as a corporate climber, before discovering her true passions while on the road. Dalene and her husband Pete have been house sitting since before it was cool, and in fact, their blog is how we first found out about house sitting! 

    We talk about: 
    Dalene and Pete's many house sitting adventures How they found out about house sitting and their first house sit  Unique experiences that could only have happened through house sitting Shifting to becoming pet owners and having house sitters themselves The connection with pets The house sitting community How they became National Geographic Travelers of the Year Much more Connect with Dalene on Instagram @HeckticTravels, read their website at HeckticTravels.com, and get their house sitting e-book, How to Become a House Sitter and See the World. 
    Our book: The House Sitting Handbook

    20% off TrustedHousesitters

    Connect with us:
    Email us: https://thehousesittingpodcast.com/contact/
    Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housesittingtravel/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    12: The Dreaded Bad House Sit AKA Every House Sitter's Worst Fear

    12: The Dreaded Bad House Sit AKA Every House Sitter's Worst Fear

    The fear of the bad house sit is one that is on every prospective house sitters mind. They're like the boogey monsters of house sitting! 
    But never fear: with the right strategies, you can avoid bad house sits. While we have certainly experienced a spectrum of house sitting experiences, we've never experienced a true horror story in all our many years of house sitting. 
    In this episode, we share all the things that you should keep in mind as a house sitter to avoid potentially negative experiences. We'll talk about why the "bad house sit" is highly subjective: one person's nightmare could be another person's dream. We'll also share why listening to your gut and having the right mindset is key to all things house sitting, especially when determining if a house sit is right for you.

    Blog Post version: https://www.alternativetravelers.com/avoid-bad-house-sits/

    Our book, The House Sitting Handbook: https://www.alternativetravelers.com/house-sitting-handbook/

    20% off TrustedHousesitters

    Connect with us:
    Email us: https://thehousesittingpodcast.com/contact/
    Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housesittingtravel/

    • 48 min
    11: Let's Adventure More: House Sitting as a Family with Jess Swenson

    11: Let's Adventure More: House Sitting as a Family with Jess Swenson

    Jess Swenson travels full time with her family of five, including three young children! 

    Jess and her husband Will lived a typical suburban lifestyle in the San Francisco Bay Area until 2017. That year, they left their jobs, home, and stuff behind in exchange for a trip around the world. During that year, they experienced 20 countries together with their three hooligans. From 2017-2021, they were digital nomads, world-schooling their children and housesitting around the world. William is an accountant working remotely and Jess is a professional photographer. 

    In 2021, they purchased a new home base in NW Arkansas and continue to travel part time after 5 years of full nomadic living. 
    Connect with Jess on Instagram @letsadventuremore, her website letsadventuremore.com and her portrait photography at www.jswensonphotography.com. 

    We talk about: 
    How Jess and her husband Will decided to take their young family on the road Traveling full time as a family with young children House sitting around the world, from the US to Asia to EuropeWorldschooling How the pandemic has changed their nomadic life and much more! Our book: The House Sitting Handbook

    20% off TrustedHousesitters

    Connect:
    Email us: https://thehousesittingpodcast.com/contact/
    Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housesittingtravel/

    Links + Resources: 
    Let's  Adventure More Youtube Channel Let's Adventure More Instagram 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    10: Is TrustedHousesitters a Scam?

    10: Is TrustedHousesitters a Scam?

    "Paying for a house sitting website? That sounds like a scam!"

    It's a common refrain that we hear time and again. It usually happens when people ask how we house sit, and we tell them that we find all of our house sits through TrustedHousesitters, the biggest house sitting membership website. It's also one of the most common searches that land people on our TrustedHousesitters Review, one of the most popular articles on our website.

    While the title refers to TrustedHousesitters (aka THS), this question could be applied to paying for any house sitting website (THS is just the biggest and most frequently asked about). So today's episode is an in-depth answer to this question. We talk about why paying for a website is actually a good thing, the myth of free, the importance of having the right mindset, and more.

    We hope this episode helps quell any mistrust and fear behind joining a house sitting websites, which have been the only way that we've been able to have countless house sitting adventures since we first started in 2016! 

    Our book: The House Sitting Handbook

    20% off TrustedHousesitters

    Connect:
    Email us: https://thehousesittingpodcast.com/contact/
    Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housesittingtravel/

    Links + Resources Mentioned
    TrustedHousesitters Review Common House Sitting Misconceptions 

    • 30 min
    9: House Sitting Magazine with Vanessa Anderson and Ian Usher

    9: House Sitting Magazine with Vanessa Anderson and Ian Usher

    Vanessa and Ian like to live differently. They enjoy a freedom lifestyle as full-time nomads and house sitters, happy to follow the twists and turns wherever life takes them. They divide their time between producing House Sitting Magazine, running a large support group for the community, helping others begin their own unique lifestyle journeys, partaking of frequent travel adventures, while spending a large amount of their time cuddling pets! 

    Sam initially connected with Vanessa in 2016, back in the early days of our house sitting adventures. While we've been connected virtually over the years, it was so cool to have this conversation. We covered so much, from living on Ian's private island in the Caribbean to getting started house sitting, to how they've adapted to the pandemic, and everything in between.

    We talk about: 
    How Vanessa moved to Ian's private island in the Caribbean after only having met once before! How they first got started house sitting Their life as nomads House sitting as a couple Running House Sitting Magazine Hosting the first house sitting conference How they've adapted to the pandemic much more! There was so much to talk about that we didn't nearly cover it all, so if there's something  you'd like to hear more about from Vanessa and Ian's fascinating life, let us know and maybe we can wrangle them back on the show! ;) 

    Our book: The House Sitting Handbook

    20% off TrustedHousesitters

    Connect:
    Email us: https://thehousesittingpodcast.com/contact/
    Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housesittingtravel/

    Links + Resources Mentioned 
    House Sitting Magazine House Sitting Community Support Group New Lives in the Wild Documentary (shows their off grid life in Panama!) 

    • 1 hr 17 min

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