A little bit about us...

Who are Chris + Suze?

We’re a British couple from Kent who quit our 9-5 lifestyle in order to housesit and travel full time! Chris works as a freelance web developer and photographer, while Suze makes handsewn home decor items for her Etsy shop online. We became a couple in 2011 and have enjoyed many years of adventuring together ever since.

What started it all

In late 2017 we were exhausted from years of living 9-5, feeling unfulfilled and gloomy about the prospect of continuing on this treadmill for the rest of our lives. Weeks and months passed us by in a blur and we were craving a more purposeful and exciting life. We began using a website called Borrow My Doggy to bring some fluffy joy and doggo cuddles into our lives, and as a way to meet new people in the area. While on the hunt for new employment, Suze applied for a customer service role at Brighton-based housesitting and petsitting company, Trusted Housesitters. Although ultimately she was turned down for the role, this came to be a blessing in disguise as she was provided a year’s membership for free as part of the application process. A couple of months later Chris handed in his notice at his job and, while figuring out what was next for us, we remembered we still had Trusted Housesitters membership. We used those 10 remaining months of membership to start our full time housesitting journey. At the end of 2017 we said goodbye to our flat, our jobs, and most of our possessions to housesit full time and do what we love most – take care of animals and spend our time together!

Our journey so far

Since our first housesit in January 2018, we’ve travelled all over the United Kingdom; from the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and North Wales, to London, Norfolk and the Cornish coast. We’ve also completed a couple of international housesits in Berlin and Stockholm. We’ve looked after a huge range of animals over the past three years, completing 63 housesits to date, and caring for:
  • 76 dogs
  • 38 cats
  • 8 flocks of chickens
  • 2 tortoises
  • 2 tanks of fish
  • 2 donkeys
  • 1 guinea fowl
  • 1 horses
  • 1 pig
  • 1 flock of ducks
  • 1 herd of alpacas
  • 1 flock of sheep
  • 1 herd of cows
  • 1 bearded dragon
  • 1 gecko
  • 1 hamster
  • 1 parrot
 
Each housesit allows us to experience a different lifestyle and new ways of living, whilst exploring new places and taking care of new animals! We’re enjoying spending our days together, choosing our next adventures, and living a nomadic lifestyle that’s a world away from our previous 9-5 grind. At the beginning of 2020 we also completed our first workaway helping out on an eco glampsite in Norfolk. We spent three months engaging in an incredible range of activities, from chopping wood, to constructing yurts, to plastering a natural building made from straw and clay. It was such a life-changing experience for both of us, and an eye-opening peek into yet another completely alternative lifestyle.

What’s next for Chris + Suze Go Walkies?

Going into 2020 we were hoping to spend some more time housesitting abroad… Covid and UK lockdown swiftly put a stop to that! We’re glad we squeezed in a housesit in Sweden in January, and flew from there to celebrate Chris’ 30th birthday in Iceland. For now, our plans to travel abroad might have to wait until 2021. We’re both obsessed with Scandi culture and we’re itching to spend an extended amount of time in Sweden, Denmark or Iceland, or take a trip through Italy or France. As of now, at the end of August (times flies when you’re in lockdown!), we’re starting to get back to our full-time housesitting adventures. With so many places still closed, it’s been a great time to stay home and work hard on version 2.0 of our website. As the weeks go on, places are slowly beginning to re-open and we’re enjoying visiting National Trust properties – NT are limiting their visitor numbers, so we feel it’s a gentle way to get back out there. Lockdown gave us the chance to slow down and spend some time on our hobbies – both of us have been honing our photography skills and we’re pleased with the results so far! Now we feel confident enough to safely travel again, we have a couple of exciting sits and trips lined up for the coming months which we can’t wait to share with you all. Follow our Instagram to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Where are we now?

Sevenoaks