We Went and Got Ourselves a Job
Well I must say we have had a week full of some exciting news for things to come and we couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m wishing I could divulge all of the details to you today, but unfortunately right now I can only share one of these pieces with you. I promise we will reveal the rest once the plans come to fruition but until then, let’s talk about what is happening now…
We scored our first house sit and will be leaving Thailand for the holidays! (Did I forget to mention this job only lasts a week?) I know it seems like we just got here, right? Well we teamed up with Trusted House Sitters while we were home this summer and we finally landed our first house sitting gig over Christmas which happens to fall in line with our visa dates. So where are we heading? Glad you asked! This year we will be spending Christmas in…
Christmas in Malaysia
That’s right – last year we spent Christmas zip-lining in Chiang Mai and this year we will be decking the halls in a 4-story townhouse with a private pool and garden taking care of two mischievous little kittens in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.
As you know, we want to visit as much of S.E. Asia as possible while we are living in Thailand so we are excited to tick Malaysia off our list. And as bummed as I am about missing the holidays at home (again), this is helping ease the pain a bit. I’ve been doing tons of research about Christmas in Kuala Lumpur and it sounds like they know how to do Christmas right. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about getting my fill of Christmas and I suppose I’m used to having a tropical Christmas. We are lucky if we get to wear a light sweater on Christmas day in Florida after all. In addition to exploring Kuala Lumpur, we are also looking to tack some days onto our trip to relax on the paradise island of Langkawi or maybe eat our way through Penang. We are still figuring out all of these little details.
So, What is Trusted House Sitters?
So in case you are confused about what exactly this “house sit” is that we speak of, Trusted House Sitters is a safe and reliable website that connects home owners looking for someone to watch their house (and often pets) with house/pet sitters that are looking for an alternative way to travel and live like a local for a specified period of time. This is mutually beneficial as often the house/pet sitters are getting free accommodations while the home owners are getting free home/pet care. For us, this is a great way for us to travel the world, save on hotel costs, get insider tips and recommendations from a local as well as squeeze in some animal lovin’ (since we obviously can’t have any of our own right now). The only issue we’ve run into is scoring that first assignment. Trusted House Sitters is hugely popular and getting a house sit is pretty competitive. Without having any references from a Trusted House Sitter source yet, that put’s us on the back burner for many home owners that are receiving upwards of 50 applications per assignment. We’ve been told that after getting that first assignment, others tend to come much easier so we are crossing our fingers that it pans out. While we are going to be staying primarily in Thailand for at least the next 6 months, we will be looking for house sitting assignments that line up with our visa runs.
Where Can I Sign Up?
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, you can head over to TrustedHouseSitters.com and get signed up. While they do charge a small fee, the way we look at it is it weeds out a lot of people that are not serious and it pays for itself easily with just one assignment. If you average $60 for a hotel room in KL, this is saving us over $350 in accommodations and I’m sure this house will beat any hotel that we could afford. On the flip side, it’s easy to drop a pretty penny for pet care when you leave town, but with Trusted House Sitters you can get free pet care and know that your pets will have undivided attention. You know longer have to let the stress of leaving your pets behind keep you from traveling. And if you are looking to travel but your budget is holding you back, consider this as a great option to get out there and see the world.
Once we complete our assignment we will let you know how it goes – wish us luck!