[New] Travel the US, Canada, and Europe Without Going Broke!

Love traveling but hate being on a budget? Save your travel dollars by staying for free in homes and apartments!
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  • Length 3.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

You love the excitement of exploring a new city: new culture, new food, sometimes even a new language! There are castles, museums, and art galleries to explore. There are new restaurants to try, new shops to investigate, and new friends to meet.

But one thing you don't love about traveling is coming back to a hotel or hostel at the end of the day. And it's not just about the money, although you would really rather not be paying quite so much for your room.

It's mostly about wishing that you could come home to a real home or apartment after a long day of sightseeing. Someplace that feels a bit more like home. Someplace with personality, and maybe a dog or cat to greet you at the end of the day.

This course is specifically for people who are looking for something different while they're traveling. People who want a home to come back to after a long day of playing tourist. People who are willing to do things a little “outside the box” to have a great vacation while living like a local for free.

This course is for you if you've ever wanted to:

  • Explore major cities and tourist destinations while getting to know the locals.
  • Wake up in the country surrounded by nothing but nature (and maybe a few pets).
  • Cook some (or all!) of your own meals – and shop like a local, too!
  • Travel to off-the-beaten track locales in Europe, the US, and Canada.

If you said “Yes! That's me!” to one or more of those statements, you're in the right place.

My name is Felicity Fields, and one year ago I put all my belongings into a storage unit and set off on an extended US/Canadian/European travel adventure.

Along the way, I've stayed at a beautiful million-dollar condo overlooking the water in Vancouver, BC; a row-house in Dublin, Ireland for 5 weeks over Christmas; a charming three-bedroom, 2 bath house in an English country village; and a converted barn in the French countryside.

And I haven't paid a penny to stay in any of these places.

Instead, I used a practice called house-sitting to free places to stay.

At its most basic, house-sitting is the practice of looking after people's homes and pets. It involves two groups of people. Group A are the home and pet owners who want to go on vacation, but don't want to leave their home unattended, or put their pets in a kennel or cattery. But they'd be happy to have someone come in and watch their house and pets while they're away!

Group B are people just like you: people who love to travel, but for whom the cost of a place to stay is a bit more than their travel budget allows. This way, by looking after a house and a few pets, you get a wonderful place to stay – for free!

Over the last year, I've made a few mistakes looking after other people's homes, and I've also learned a few things about how to find the perfect opportunities for me.

I want to share with you exactly how I do it, so you can get started on the best possible foot!

Specifically, you'll learn:

  • Where to find people who want you to look after their home and pets
  • How to maximize your chances of being chosen to look after someone's home
  • Things to know before, during, and after you stay in someone else's home
  • How to trust the people you meet on the internet

And, you'll receive all the worksheets, cheat sheets, and tutorials you need to start looking for your perfect house-sitting assignment.

If you are ready to actually plan your vacation instead of dreaming about it, enroll in this course today.

You'll learn exactly how to find these opportunities to look after someone else's home and pets, and how to find the perfect vacation destination for you – at a fraction of the price!

Every minute you delay is another minute you're not looking forward to your next vacation.

Enroll today and take control of your vacation, and your budget.

See you on the inside!

~ Felicity

What are the requirements?

  • No special software or preparation are required. However, you should be comfortable using the internet for both researching travel destinations and connecting with other people.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Reduce your travel budget by looking after other people's homes and pets for free, and live like a local!
  • Understand which websites post these types of opportunities, and how the process of finding a house to look after actually works.
  • Create your compelling personal profile and write interesting, attention-getting emails to people who are looking for house and pet sitters.
  • Connect with potential home owners over Skype or email to arrange to look after their home and pets.
  • Know what to expect on your first day at someone's home, and what will happen during and after your trip!

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for people who dream of traveling a little differently. You're excited to stay in a real home and get to know the local community, in exchange for looking after a homeowner's house and pets.
  • This course is NOT for travelers who want the conveniences of a hotel. Finding a house to look after takes a bit of time and an enthusiasm to look after someone else's home and pets.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome! Let's quickly go over what's in this course, and then dive right in. :)
00:50

Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. :) Let's quickly go over how this course is structured, where to find stuff, and how to get in touch with me if you have questions. Then, you'll be ready to dive into the first lesson.

Section 2: How House-Sitting Will Help You Travel Without Going Broke
01:32

What is house-sitting, and why will it save you a lot of money on your next trip?

03:16

Where are these house-sitting opportunities? How long are they for? What else should you expect when planning a house-sit for your next trip?

03:33

There are lots of pros to house-sitting for your next trip, but there are some cons too. You need to be aware of both as you make your future travel plans.

00:52

A quick recap of what we've covered in this lesson, and your action step to complete before you move on to lesson 2.

Take Action: Worksheet #1 - My House-Sitting Requirements
3 pages
7 pages

Downloadable transcript from all videos in lesson 1. Use as a reference to refer back to as needed!

Section 3: Finding Your House-Sitting Opportunities & Setting Up Your Profile
05:36

Overview of how the entire house-sitting application process works, so you know what you're getting into! :)

03:29

Understand which of the 4 main house-sitting websites are best for you, and research the opportunities available on the sites you prefer.

11:27

Your profile is like your resume - you'll need to have it in place on your house-sitting site before you can start applying to ads. We'll go over everything you need to know about your profile in this video.

02:33

In this lesson, we've covered what the process of finding a house-sit looks like. We covered the first two steps: choosing a website and setting up your profile. Now it's your turn! Choose the website best suited for you, and get that profile set up!

4 pages

Checklist of things to include in the "About Me" section of your profile.

1 page

A visual overview of the house-sitting application process. Download this and refer to it as often as needed!

2 pages

A quick visual guide to the top 4 recommended house-sitting websites. Download this handout and refer to it as often as needed.

3 pages

Looking for ideas to write your "about me" section? Here's my "about me" section from my TrustedHousesitters.com profile.

15 pages

Want to read the transcript for the videos in this lesson? They're all included in this PDF. Download and reference them at your leisure.

Section 4: Applying for a House-Sitting Opportunity: Responding to an Ad
07:16

Now that your profile is set up, it's time to start replying to house-sitting ads! First, though, we need to set up a simple system of sorting through all the new house-sitting ads, and finding the ones that are right for you.

03:38

You've pared down today's crop of new ads, and you're ready to reply to the handful that interest you. We'll cover the technical aspects of how to reply to an ad, the purpose of your reply, and - most importantly - what to say in your response to an ad.

09:19

Detailed description of the 8 elements you should include to write a truly compelling ad response email that gets your potential host's attention.

02:35

A real-life example of a compelling reply to a house-sitting ad, drawn from my own archives.

01:58

A quick recap of what we've covered in this lesson, and your action steps to complete before you move on to lesson 4.

3 pages

Use this checklist to remind you how to triage & eliminate the new house-sitting ads that arrive in your inbox each day.

2 pages
Use this checklist to make sure that you've included all the elements of an ad reply that will make your potential hosts sit up and say “Yes! I want to get to know this house-sitter better!”
2 pages

Download this handout of a real-life house-sitting ad reply and use it as inspiration for your own house-sitting emails!

16 pages

Want to read the transcript for the videos in this lesson? They're all included in this PDF. Download and reference them at your leisure.

Section 5: Applying for a House-Sit: Connecting With Your Hosts & Finaling Travel Plans
05:07

What happens after you reply to an ad? What kind of emails might a potential host send you? We'll cover both of those topics in this video.

06:08

When a potential host wants to know more about you, they'll ask to talk with you directly. When they ask, should you use the phone, Skype, or Google Hangouts? What do you need to know about scheduling this type of call? You'll find answers to all these questions in this video.

08:14

Once a potential host likes what you've written about their ad, they'll want to talk to you - and probably see you face to face, too! We'll go over what to expect during those calls, some questions you'll want to ask, and how to follow up after the call is over.

07:33

If your host decides that you're the one they want to come watch their house and pets, do a little celebration dance! Then watch this video for some tips & tricks to finalizing your plans and preparing for your house-sitting assignment.

02:44
A quick recap of what we've covered in this lesson, and your action steps to complete before you move on to lesson

5.

2 pages

Use this checklist to keep track of all the details you need to confirm once you and your host have agreed on a house-sit!

20 pages

Want to read the transcript for the videos in this lesson? They're all included in this PDF. Download and reference them at your leisure.

Section 6: On Your Trip: What To Expect During & After Your House-Sit
08:06

What will your first day at your house-sit look like? What kinds of information about the pets and house do you need to get from your hosts before they leave?

08:07

Living in Europe can be different than living in the US or Canada. We'll talk about some differences in house amenities, and the hours that stores, restaurants, and tourist attractions are open. We'll also cover differences in using your credit card, and some public transit tips that only apply in Europe.

04:40

While you're house-sitting, your primary goal should be to enjoy yourself, and take good care of your host's home and pets.

When your house-sit ends, there are three things you can do to leave a great impression with your hosts.

01:57

Your first house-sit went really well, and you're thinking of looking for another one. There's one last thing to do before you wrap up this first house-sit, and that's to ask for a reference from your hosts.

01:23

A quick recap of what we've covered in this lesson, and your action steps to complete before we wrap up this course.

3 pages

Use this checklist to make sure you have all the pet and house information you'll need to look after your hosts' home and pets while they're away.

2 pages

Download this handout for a quick reference guide to how living in Europe is just a bit different than living in the US or Canada.

17 pages

Want to read the transcript for the videos in this lesson? They're all included in this PDF. Download and reference them at your leisure.

Section 7: Next Steps (plus a small gift!)
00:54

Congratulations on making it this far! If you enjoyed this course, I'd love some feedback. And in return, I'd like to send you a free personalized postcard as my way of saying thanks.

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Instructor Biography

Felicity Fields, Digital Nomad & Budget Traveler

I'm Felicity Fields, a digital nomad who, in April 2014, put all her stuff in storage and set off to travel the US, Canada, and Europe. In my former life, I helped people create and start their own online businesses. Now, I've been bitten by the travel bug and am sharing what I've learned about how to travel and stay in peoples' homes for free.

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