Aussie couple's budget-friendly travel approach during cost-of-living crisis

David and Anne have travelled around the world thanks to their unconventional approach.

Being far away from many parts of the world leaves most Aussies with itchy feet, but the luxury of travel is feeling further and further away due to the rising cost of living.

With one-third of the country being unable to afford international travel, according to research from Finder, one Aussie couple is advocating for their "creative" approach to travel — which they say has enabled them to visit countries which would otherwise be inaccessible in the current financial climate.

"The biggest cost isn't the airfare but the accomodation. If you can minimise that cost then you're laughing," David and Anne told Yahoo News Australia. "The housing and cost of living situation in Sydney and Melbourne — and the Sunshine Coast is fast catching up — it's frightening."

David and Anne are smiling in front of a mountain range. The couple are huge advocates for the budget-friendly approach to travel.
Sunshine Coast couple David and Anne are huge advocates for the budget-friendly approach to travel. Source: Supplied

House sitting opens doors to international travel

The couple from Queensland's Sunshine Coast have been house and pet sitting for many years, exchanging their time for "clean and comfortable" accomodation around the world for free.

"To look after a property and look after it as if it were your own, in return we get to stay in the accomodation with the services provided, like their water, power and WiFi."

From New Zealand to Italy, the couple have cared for countless pets and mowed acres of lawns in exchange for accomodation.

Left, David sits with a dog in Cypress. Right, Anne cuddles a kitten. Source: Supplied
The couple are often trusted to look after pets while housing sitting in international countries. Source: Supplied

"There's also the added benefit [to this travel approach] of being in a local community. You have some sort of relationship with whoever you are house sitting for, then there's the neighbours, the local pub... It's wonderful. We love it."

How can you start house sitting?

The couple say the best first step is to create a profile on one of the many house sitting platforms online, citing "honesty" as the most crucial trait for a successful house sitter.

David and Anne's profile can be seen online.
The couple regularly update their profile on house sitting platforms. Source:

"You need to be careful that you can actually deliver on on the needs of the of the owner and their requirements for a connection," the couple said, with factors like the dates and duration of stay, as well as the size of property and pet caring duties all needing to be considered. "It needs to work both ways."

Building a portfolio online of your capabilities and collating references will help build your reputation as a house sitter, and eventually people may even start contacting you for travel opportunities.

"We're really big on inspiring people and encouraging them to give it a go ... Finding out how people live and tasting a bit of that, you know, it changes you."

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