In July 2020, we chatted with Caro and Emi a couple from Argentina! We learnt about their lives as a house sitters including travelling from Japan to Europe via land!
Tell us a little bit about yourself– who are you, where are you from, for, do you do it full-time or sporadically
Hi!! We are Caro & Emi, full time travelers from Argentina who started a one year trip in January 2019 and are still on the road, traveling is very addictive!
How many housesits have you had and where?
Vienna the first, Frankfurt the 2nd, the 3rd in Budapest, the 4th in Stupava (near Bratislava), Sarajevo the 5th and the 6th was meant to be in Istanbul, but Covid 19 thing kept us in Athens, where we still are.
Why do you housesit? What is the main motivation?
Being just the two of us all the time in this trip gets lonely, so, there’s no other better way to feel happy again than sharing time with animals, we love them and always try to stay long with them because every time we have to leave, we suffer a bit and it’s hard to recover. Of course, also the possibility to find a place to stay during our trip is also important, so, this is perfect match of both things!
How did you find out about housesitting?
We saw it on Instagram, so we decided to try it.
Pros of House Sitting
Spending time with animals, having a temporary home to cook ourselves and learn how people actually lives there.
Cons of House Sitting
Sometimes it can be hard to find a housesitting assignments (usually when your starting out) so you need to be patience. Depending on the case, some animals require more work, so, for non-experienced people, this can be stressful.
What’s been the biggest adventure so far?
Traveling from Japan to Europe over a year, mainly by land, it was quite an adventure! This was a trip of a lifetime, we were chased by orangutans in the middle of the jungle, slept in a 5 star hotel for free (just very nice people you meet in the road) slept in a ship that got stuck in the middle of the ocean due to a failure, being invited to a luxury ‘onsen’ in front of Mount Fuji for the Japanese TV, being part of the biggest protest in the history of Hong Kong, training in the Shaolin Temple (China)…and… the Oktoberfest!!
How do you decide on a destination?
A little bit checking other travelers (check their experiences, photos, etc.) also if it’s easy to get by land.
How much luggage do you travel with?
Two big backpacks of 70lts (too much honestly) and 60lts. Also, two small backpacks. It’s our first big trip, if we would do it again, we will do it with half of it.
Was it hard for you to secure your first housesitting gig? How many applications did you have to send before you got accepted for your first assignment?
Yes, we had to get external reviews and also apply to about 7 house-sittings to get accepted.
Did you ever have any unusual pets to take care of or responsibilities that were out of the norm?
Just Eva, the cutest dog, she was an old grumpy lady and we had to give a lot of medicines. We ended up loving her more than any other, but it was quite a challenge.
What was your favorite housesitting experience to date and why?
Oooh hard one, but let’s say the one in Sarajevo. The two dogs were so lovely, slept with us, had funny ways to ask for food, and also because we stayed for about a month and we had the longer “rest” we could have in this one-year trip (and we neeeeded it!)
Have you had any funny housesitting experiences?
Yesss, the first in Vienna as cats had such personality (one was grumpy and couldn’t control her nails, so playing with her was a dangerous game! Haha!) And the other in Sarajevo as one of the dogs had a dramatic acting scene every time he wanted to eat our food (his eyes were like the Puss in Boots).
Tips for Others Wanting to get started?
Get external reviews, check every day for new opportunities, complete your profile as much as possible (use good pictures, and if possible a little video of yourself). When applying, try to show why you are unique or better for the position. Every application has to be original, don’t just copy&paste.
Also, keep in mind that some destinations are very popular (for example we wanted to get one in Greece and it was almost impossible as loooots of people are applying there). So, stay updated, check every day and apply fast and properly.
Where to next (when you can)
Hmmm… what a mystery, it was supposed to be Turkey but now we don’t know, could be any country that opens it’s borders or even our own (if there’s no other place where to continue the trip)
Want to Find Out More About Caro and Emi?
Check them on Instagram here
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