Many of us wish that we could travel more, but as ever, life has a habit of getting in the way. We have a million and one responsibilities, all of which can make it difficult for us to spend as much time as we’d like exploring the world. However, some issues aren’t all that insurmountable; they might be a problem area, but there are solutions. Take owning a home, for instance. Some people think that owning property prevents you from travelling. It doesn’t -- it’s a house, not a prison. Below, we take a look at what to do with your house when you want to travel.
Have a Friend Stay
It’s understandable if you don’t want to leave your home unattended for too long. Well, there’s one simple solution for that -- don’t leave it unattended. If you’re taking a short trip, then look at asking a friend or family member to house sit for you. People are weirdly receptive to this idea, even if they live nearby and they have their own home. It breaks up the routine! If you can’t find someone you know to do it, put the call out on a house sitter website. You’ll find someone!
Rent It Out
If you’re taking a longer trip, then you’ll have an excellent opportunity to make sure your home is well looked after and boost your travel funds, too: Work with an expert like Leland Cherry, and rent out your property. By working with professionals, you’ll be able to ensure that all the details of renting out a property are handled, which means you’ll be able to travel safe in the knowledge that everything is going well at home. Plus, as we said, it’ll mean you’ll be actively topping up your bank account when you’re traveling -- in nearly all cases, the opposite happens. Don’t miss the opportunity!
If you don’t want to travel, per se, but do want a change of scene, then why not take a look at a home exchange program? With this, you’ll exchange the keys with another property owner, who will be located elsewhere in the country or world. They’ll come to stay at your home, and you’ll go to stay at theirs. It’s an excellent way to take a break from the usual routine without having to deal with the expenses/impersonal nature of paid accommodation.
Organise All The Bills
It’s fine if you’re going to leave your home unattended (though you’ll want to have someone check in every now and again). However, it’s important to remember that while you might be off living a fun, easy-going life as you travel around the world, the realities of life still exist. Make sure you're automating all of your household bills before you set off -- you may face a fine or other difficulties if you don’t.
Finally, it’s best not to advertise your absence on social media too much, even if you have people checking in or house sitting. Criminals really do check these things!