Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions about our nomadic lifestyle. Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions!

House Sitting

  • To enquire about our availability and rates, please see our dedicated pet sitting website.

  • In the beginning, sustaining our travels was mostly a matter of reducing our expenditure, as opposed to finding funds. As we are constantly travelling from place to place, with the help of our new home on wheels, we haven’t had to pay rent or bills for over five years!

    We are also both fortunate enough to be skilled in areas of work that we can practise on the road. Chris occasionally picks up work as a freelance web developer, and has the freedom to choose his work hours. Suze owns an Etsy shop online, selling handsewn home decor and accessories – most of which are created with one eye on whichever animals we’re looking after that week!

    We enjoy running our blog here, and have set up a Ko-Fi profile to receive tips to contribute to the running costs of the site.

    We also launched our own house sitting business in 2022 to book paid pet sitting jobs – see our dedicated pet sitting website for details.

  • We used a website called Borrow My Doggy to gain pet care experience in the year before we began house sitting. We then used Trusted Housesitters to apply for house sits all over the U.K. and beyond! We also book paid house sitting gigs through Rover, and our own pet sitting website.

    We have written lots of blog posts about house sitting to inspire you to start your own adventure! Check out the house sitting category on our blog.

  • We hit the road on the 2nd January 2018, making our way from Kent all the way to the Lake District for our first house sit! Since then we’ve completed 118 house sits, looking after over 253 different pets! Check out our Instagram to see photos from our latest sit!

  • No two house sits are the same, and each one comes with its own set of responsibilities and unique routine. From feeding cats and walking dogs, to mucking out donkeys, watering plants and collecting fresh chicken eggs, house sitting keeps us busy and we rarely find ourselves feeling bored! Head to the house sitting highlight at the top of our Instagram to check out some of the different daily routines we have had at house sits.

  • We’ve written a dedicated blog post about the various websites we’ve used to find house sits, detailing how they work and why we recommend them (and giving you discount codes to get started!) Click here to read it!

  • While it’s not a requirement to have animal care experience before beginning house sitting, we think it is definitely beneficial. Our pet care knowledge has expanded exponentially since we first began house sitting, however, we used Borrow My Doggy in the months leading up to setting off on our travels so we had a basic understanding of how to care for dogs, cats and small animals. This is also how we gained our first references to use on our Trusted Housesitters profile. Check out the house sitting category on our blog for more tips and info about getting started!

Travel

  • The short answer is: YES! It’s a fantastic way to see places that you wouldn’t get to if not for house sitting, and you can live like a local while enjoying a whole new lifestyle. However, you have to remember that your responsibilities to the homeowner and their pets are your main priority at all times. If you’re expecting to treat a home like an AirBnb, then house sitting is not for you.

  • Having travelled full time for the past few years, we’ve seen lots of new and exciting places in every corner of the U.K.! Check out our blog and our Instagram for travel inspiration,or get in touch if you have questions about a specific place!

  • We have our own converted campervan that is both our vehicle and our home between house sitting jobs. We think van life and pet sitting is the perfect balance of comfort and freedom – read more about why this lifestyle is so fantastic on our blog!

  • We are fortunate enough to have been gifted lifetime National Trust membership which we’ve found invaluable. Not only can we visit gorgeous properties and grounds across the U.K. for free, but there are many National Trust parking spots around the UK where you simply scan your membership card instead of paying. Check out our blog for National Trust posts!

  • In March 2020 we took part in our first workaway on a rural glampsite in Norfolk, where we spent three wonderful months learning from a multi-generational family about smallholding life, working on the land in exchange for accommodation and food. We had such a fantastic experience that we’d definitely recommend it as a way to explore, learn and travel.

    For local travel, we are huge advocates for using public transport, and walking everywhere! We also believe that you don’t need to pay to experience something wonderful. We try to cover free places and events on our blog that you can visit if you’re on a budget!

  • We have a Ko-Fi page where you can support us by donating as much or as little as you’d like. Any monetary contribution to help fund our travels and the running of our blog is greatly appreciated, no matter how small. It means we can keep doing what we love, while bringing you advice and tales from our adventures on our blog and social media pages!

    As well as donations, it really helps to support us when readers choose to share our blog or social media posts with others, so we can reach even more people!

Photography

  • We get asked a lot about our current photography set up. We will write a more in-depth blog post about our equipment in the future, but for now this is what we use:

    Main camera:

    • Fuji XT2

    Second camera:

    • Fuji X100T

    Lenses:

    • Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4
    • Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4
    • Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2
    • Fuji XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8
    • iPhone 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone X

    If you need any recommendations or advice about photography, get in touch!

  • Over our years of house sitting we’ve taken 1000s of photos of pets! Here’s five quick tips on how to take better pet photos:

    1. Get down to your pet’s eye level
    2. Use a fast shutter speed – pets move a lot, so a quick shutter speed will freeze them in action.
    3. Use treats or toys to get them looking at you, hold them just above the lens to get them looking right at you
    4. Focus on the eyes
    5. Burst mode, as before, pets running around are hard to get perfect, using burst may mean you have lots of photos to sort through but you are more likely to get the right shot

    Most importantly have fun and take your time. Practice and keep learning! For more tips, we have a blog post for taking better pet portraits.

Work with us

  • We’re more than happy to share our experience and knowledge relating to travel, house sitting, pet care, hiking, photography and more! Get in touch with us to discuss the details.

  • We’ve had lots of willing and adorable fluffy models to help us out with our portraiture, as well as lots of doggies to walk with us while we explore gorgeous landscapes to capture. See our Instagram for more examples of our photography, and get in touch if you’d like to arrange a photoshoot with us!

Van

  • We have a 2016 Volkswagen Transporter T6 High Roof 4Motion. We chose this model as it’s big enough to stand up comfortably inside, but still small enough to pop to the shops and park in a normal parking spot (…just!)

  • We have a kitchen with a sink, running water, fridge and a gas hob for cooking. Our eating/gaming/laptop table slides out from under the bed, and we have bench seats on either side. Our bed is half fixed – the other half slides out for bed time but can be put away in the day, so we always have somewhere cosy to snuggle up without needing to put together the bed every time. We have a composting toilet that is stored in the ‘garage’, but can be pulled through into the main living space from underneath the bed. We have solar panels on the roof, a diesel heater to keep us warm on colder days, and dimmable lights to control the ambience.

    We spent a very long time considering our layout, and attribute our conviction in knowing what we need in a living space to years of house sitting in a variety of different homes!

  • Whenever we are at a house sitting job we always sleep in the house we are caring for, with our van parked on the driveway. Pet owners have invited us to care for their home and pets, so it wouldn’t be fair (or make sense) for us to live outside on their driveway during our stay!

  • We use the Caravan Club to find camp sites around the U.K. We’ve stayed in a fair few of these sites now, and we always find they have great shower and toilet facilities, hot running water to wash up, and clean, level pitches for a good night’s sleep.

    We also enjoy using Brit Stops to find quirky places to stay for a night, from pubs to farm shops!

    When we just need somewhere to park up as a quick stopover, we use Park4Night or Search For Sites to find low cost or free places to stay for the night.

Want to know something else?

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