If you have a thirst for travel and want a depth of experience that a two-weeker in a holiday resort won't come close to quenching, you're going to LOVE what house sitting offers.
So...what if I told you that you could live in a Tuscan vineyard one month, France for a couple more months then move on to England for a 5 week stay...or whatever combination of countries strikes your fancy, AND that it wouldn't cost you anything for accommodations?
Or maybe you'd rather spend some quality time in Hawaii or Alaska or Down-Under...it's all doable if you're willing to take care of a household and a pet or two in exchange for free rent.
In fact you'll actually be doing someone else a favor by staying in their house and looking after things while they're away
This is one of those things that seems too good to be true but it is a win-win situation for both homeowner and sitter.
You provide a service - taking care of the house and often, pets - in exchange for living in their house.
These two websites should keep you busy for a while, they both have huge databases of house sitting opportunities.
Get started by going to House Carers
If you scroll around you'll see gigs available worldwide, some that just want a human living in their house and others wanting care for a variety of animals...dogs, cats, hamsters, chickens, llamas and bunnies.
There's a fee involved to join and enjoy all of the benefits of membership and to be able to contact homeowners about their opportunities However you can freely roam their websites without signing up and jump in when you've decided to go for it.
House Carers will let you set up a limited profile for free to get yourself out there and even send you information about projects that fit your criteria. You only pay the fee if you want the contact information for an assignment.
House sits range in duration from 2 days to more than a year but usually about 2 - 4 weeks. People new to the idea usually start with a few short assignments close to home but once they get a bit of wind in their sails they go for the life expanding long term gigs in other countries.
Be prepared to put up with behaviours and habits you might discourage in your own pets.
Your mission is to keep them safe, happy and healthy - not to retrain them.
Although you won't pay rent for the duration of an assignment there'll still be expenses.