If you are anything like us, we are always looking for the best deals. Apart from flight tickets, hotels eat up your travel budget fast. But you have to sleep somewhere, so its important at the same time! We are here to show and tell you that you can travel for as expensive or as cheap as you’d like 🙂
In 2017, we came to England for me to take my UK nursing test so I could be registered as a nurse in the UK. Believe it or not, we spent 2 weeks in England and 2 weeks in Germany without paying for a single night!
Have you ever house sat for friends or family or watched after someone’s dog while they were out of town? Well there is a whole community that provides multiple locations all over the world to be able to house and pet sit for families while they are away.
We used TrustedHousesitters. You pay an annual fee, and have access to loads of house sits. You apply for the house sit that best fits you after reading the requirements and responsibilities. Multiple people can apply for the same sit so it’s up to the owner who they choose.
Our first house sit was in Luton, which is north of London. We were responsible for 4 cats and an outside tortoise. We stayed here for 2 weeks (for free!!) while I was studying for my exam. The cats were all so loving and sweet.
After I successfully passed my test, we found a sit last minute in Berlin for 1 week! This was with an adorable cat named Chachou in a top floor apartment. We had the whole flat to ourselves with an awesome fur ball and all Berlin had to offer right at our feet! We loved it.
The last few days we stayed with incredible friends that are in Mainz, Germany which is not far from Frankfurt.
We even managed to squeeze in a visit with another friend of ours that I studied with in Australia while here and see one of Marvin’s professors in a concert near Cologne!
The first couple of nights, and the very last day of our month abroad, we used Airbnb. This is a website that people open up their homes for a set price and everything is booked and paid online before arriving. It’s always a good idea to look at the reviews prior to booking. We have had great experiences with Airbnb and even have made permanent friends that we have already revisited 🙂 There was an older couple we stayed with on our last night, and since we have moved here in 2018, we have already been back to their house for afternoon tea and to catch up! I’m sorry, but you don’t get that in a hotel!
These Airbnb places are not free, but we managed to use our credit card points to not pay for them 😉
So if you are looking to travel and on a budget, this shows you that it can be done with minimal damage to your wallet!!
Have you stayed in an Airbnb or house sat before?
Happy travels 😀