Why Should Aspiring Bloggers Consider House Sitting?

  March 5, 2018 blogging tips travel posts 🕑 4 minutes read

I snapped this close up of palm seeds – from a palm tree – in Chiang Mai, Thailand. During a house sit.


Insomnia kinda sucks.


But hearing forest sounds speak a perfect melody at 1:24 AM Thailand time sure makes insomnia easier to take.


Kelli and I have house sat since 2014. We rented spots sometimes. Other times we lived with fam.


But most lodging has been house sitting, in places like:


  • Fiji
  • Bali
  • Thailand
  • Costa Rica
  • Nicaragua
  • Qatar
  • Cyprus
  • New York City


Put practical blogging tips to the side for now.


I want to share bit about our house sitting lifestyle and why aspiring bloggers should aim for these gigs.


Perfect match in my estimation. Like peanut butter and jelly. Or Ryan Biddulph and bizarre Thai sweet snacks.


On to the reasons.


1: Rent Free Living


We are living in a nice-sized house beside a forest for 7 weeks in Northern Thailand…..for free.




Hot deal.


New, part time bloggers working the 9-5 shift can dip their toes into house sitting with a week long sit during vacation time.


Aspiring bloggers hellbent on circling the globe as pro bloggers can hold a fun, freeing intent to pull them through resistance; doing rent-free sits is a sweet deal.  Especially when living in Bali villas for 6 months or in Qatar mansions for a month. Each would cost a few coins sans sitting sessions.


2: Long Term Travel


Aiming for house sits opens you up to the freeing, thrilling, life-changing aspect of sitting; long term travel.


If I spend 1 week in Savusavu, Fiji, I see:


  • a pretty little town
  • some tourist spots


But since I spent 4 months in Savusavu, Fiji, I:


  • experienced the place fully, feeling a bit like locals, feasting on Fijian culture
  • made friends
  • saw jaw-dropping sunsets, planetarium-like skies on clear nights, mongooses, big bugs, 100 foot plus visibility in the bay and mesmerizing South Pacific views; tough to enjoy all these sights during short term travel because you have not enough weather and time for such a sizzling sampler
  • received first person accounts from neighbors of celebrity sightings and stories


3: House Sitting Pushes You Outside of Your Comfort Zone


Paradise offers pleasure and pain too.


More pleasure of course. But doing house sits in remote areas pushes you outside of your comfort zone, a great deal for bloggers because all blogging (and life) growth sits outside of your comfort zone.




  • lived in a remote Costa Rica jungle for 6 weeks during a house sit
  • helped kill a spitting cobra during our 6 month Bali house sit
  • evicted an 8 inch long centipede, scorpion, and Thai bird eating spider from our current sit location, last year
  • dealt with some language barriers doing the Bali sit in a Balinese village well off of the beaten path


Begin house sitting. Have a blast but exit your comfort zone.


Accelerate your blogging growth.


4: I Even Wrote an eBook for You


I wrote an eBook helping you land the best house sits.


No need to dive into the house sitting game without prep work.


Buy it if you want practical tips for landing sweet house sits.


5: Experience Exotic Spots


Bali. Fiji. Thailand. Costa Rica.


House sitting even pulled us to places like Qatar and Cyprus.


I have seen much of the world rent-free, for months at a time, as a house sitting pro blogger.


Even if you are a home body, becoming a pro blogger offers you the opportunity to see eye-popping, awareness-expanding, culturally-enriching spots.


Get all over it.


6: Boost Your Creativity to Epic Levels


2 Popeye-armed, hairy lady boy prostitutes stalked me in Bangkok, wishing to sink their prying paws into my pockets to separate Biddulph from his Baht.


2 wild men attacked me in Kathmandu, one smiling like the Cheshire Cat as he punched my shoulder and the other asking for buttered roll money before sinking his incisors into my biceps.


No way in Hades could I write these words unless I lived in exotic locals for months or even years at a time.


House sitting boosts your creativity, appeals to your imagination and increases your prolific nature by introducing to new people, new cultures and new circumstances, stimulating your mind and raising your energy.


Did you know about house sitting before reading my blog?


Have you ever done a house sit?

  1. Lisa P Sicard says:
    at 8:03 pm

    I’ve never done one, (well maybe once in my late teens for 2 weeks) but nothing like what you and Kellie have been doing. It seems like a great way to get travel in too. But what happens if you run out of places to house sit if you don’t own a place?
    That’s a definite out of the comfort zone for many I’m sure. I’d love the travel part of it though, quite tempting!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:05 pm

      We almost always find sits Lisa but if not just a hotel or apartment for a bit. Usually though we land job after job because the volume of good sits is amazing.

  2. Rhonda Albom says:
    at 5:55 am

    Your house sitting stories are not for the faint of heart. I have done home exchanges for some of the same reasons (exotic places, long-term local emersion, free accommodation). Both of these hotel alternatives can lead to some of the best travel experiences that money can’t buy.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:34 am

      Pretty intense Rhonda. We take fascinating ones often involving intense wildlife. I knew this place in Thailand sat beside a forest but even the homeowners were stunned because they had not seen any of these big bugs after living here for 6 months.

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