What does ‘freedom’ look like to you? | Featured in Freelancer Mag

What does ‘freedom’ look like to you? | Featured in Freelancer Mag

Right in time for my birthday, I received a lovely email! Turns out Cooper and I have inspired the fab team at Freelancer Magazine with our podcast, Freedom and Four Paws 

This means the world to us, because recording each episode was so motivating – our guests, all sourced from this community, had such powerful, wild and wise stories to tell about how they’ve made travel and remote work a full-time reality.

It’s something we’re passionate about sharing and discussing too, and we are excited that it resonates with so many people.

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Freedom and Four Paws is named in honour of the freedom we in this travel-curious community seek, and the collective love of animals we share – many of us being house + pet sitters and/or pet parents. If you’re not in the Facebook Group yet but would like to join the conversation, you can do so here.

So far on the podcast, we’ve published two series covering topics like:

  • How to get paid for house sitting
  • Off-grid travel
  • Solo travel and house sitting
  • Budget travel
  • Long term travel
  • How to make the most of your digital nomad community
  • Remote work productivity tips and tricks.

If this piques your interest, you can listen and subscribe to Freedom and Four Paws on YouTubeSpotifyApple, and all your favourite podcast providers.

We’re planning future episodes too, so if there’s a burning question you have that you think would make a great topic, or you feel called to share your own story, please reach out, we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch by completing the contact form on this site :)

Forge Your Path: The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nomad Visas

Forge Your Path: The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nomad Visas

You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t think travelling the world, setting your own schedule, and working wherever, whenever you fancy, isn’t ‘dreamland’ material. And yet, for the roughly thirty-five million digital nomads living and working across the globe, that dream is very much a reality. It’s easy to see the never-ending roll of Instagram influencers and glammed-up travel bloggers and assume that this new way of working is nothing more than a ‘fad’ – after all, how are you expected to keep pace with all the red tape of border entries, passport control, and visa requirements these days? Well, in our latest post here at Travel Live Learn, we’re lifting the lid on one of the world’s best travel hacks: the digital nomad visa.



What Is A Digital Nomad Visa?

Digital nomad visas are specifically aimed at individuals who want to live and work in foreign countries. From social media bloggers, writers, and programmers, to online English teachers, there are so many jobs available these days that allow people to work anywhere from their parent’s basement to a shared house in Brazil. If you can do it from a laptop, you can probably qualify for a digital nomad visa. It’s a country’s way of recognising that you are working while staying within their borders, without technically working for that country.

One of the biggest pros of a digital nomad visa is that it allows travellers to continue working on their journeys without the need for a working visa, which can be costly and complex to obtain.


Benefits Of Digital Nomad Visas

Let’s delve a little deeper into the benefits of a digital nomad visa. Firstly, and apologies for reminding everyone of it, the COVID-19 pandemic naturally had a profound impact on global tourism, with plenty of countries’ economies being rocked by the effective disappearance of one of their major income streams.

Airlines, accommodation, local attractions, and public transport were all hit as borders were shut, and even as the travel industry continues to recover, the overall numbers for most countries continue to languish behind those in 2019. 

The benefit of digital nomad visas for countries is, therefore, a way of appealing to travellers to visit their shores again and lay down their roots for extended periods. These travellers will be working, meaning that the money they earn will be spent inside this host nation. Slow travel and sustainable tourism have also emerged as one of the hot new travel trends in the wake of the pandemic, and digital nomad visas help on this front too, with longer-term stays leaving less of an imprint on the environment.

For the nomads, the benefits of these visas should be fairly apparent. Whether you’re able to bounce from project to project or negotiate a remote work structure with a full-time employer, a digital nomad visa allows workers to fully immerse themselves in another culture and experience living in another country without the hassle of emigration visas.



How To Obtain A Digital Nomad Visa

Naturally, different countries have different requirements for digital nomad visas depending on the passport of their applicants. Depending on the country, nomads can stay in a country for a set amount of time, and the names and qualifications for these visas can vary. Not every country has a digital nomad visa in place; however, it is becoming more prevalent as the benefits are being demonstrated by the early adopters. At the time of writing, 58 countries currently offer digital nomad visas, with Japan set to follow soon.

Some countries offer this visa for free, while others charge applicants for the pleasure. The length of stay can also vary between three months to up to a whopping five years!

As with any trip, it’s always worth doing some solid research into your preferred country to make sure you’re fully clued up on the requirements of their digital nomad programs.


Best Countries With Digital Nomad Visas

Now that you know what a digital nomad visa is, where in the world are the top destinations? From vibrant cultural hubs, stunning natural landscapes, and idyllic holiday havens to low costs of living, here are some of the best countries offering digital nomad visas:


We love Spain, it offers so many attributes even for our four-legged friends. Spain’s Startup Act now means that digital nomads working for non-Spanish companies now can live and work in the country for up to six months without a working visa. This includes nomads working for multiple clients i.e. English teachers online. A degree isn’t a necessity either anymore, provided you can show at least three years’ worth of work experience.


  • Cannot have lived in Spain for five years before applying.
  • Proof of income of €2,300 per month.
  • Proof that the company you are working for has been operational for a year and that you have been working for them for at least three months.



As a remote worker in the paradise setting of Barbados, you are exempt from paying taxes. The Barbados Welcome Stamp costs $2,000 and allows nomads to live and work in the country for twelve months. Applications are fairly straightforward, even allowing for families to relocate with you.


  • Can only work for individuals or companies outside of Barbados.
  • Proof of income of over $50,000 for the duration of the 12-month stay.


As of 2023, Indonesia has launched a bold five-year digital nomad visa. Including islands like Bali, this visa allows nomads to work in the country tax-free, provided their income comes from outside Indonesia. Now for the downside: the Second Home Visa costs around $140,000, which certainly makes it seem like one for the semi-retirees.

With that being said, the B211a Business Visa is a viable alternative for nomads. This visa allows remote workers to work in Indonesia for up to six months.


  • Evidence of savings of up to $2,000.


Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit is available for $328, is valid for 12 months, and can be renewed twice for a total stay of three years. The country’s 400+ public WiFi spots, 5G nationwide coverage, and abundance of coworking spaces make it a stellar destination for remote workers.


  • Foreign job contract, proof of foreign freelance contracts or owner/part-owner of a registered company.
  • Health insurance and proof of temporary accommodation e.g. AirBnB.
  • Proof of income of over $2,956.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers a digital nomad visa that allows remote workers to live and work in the country for up to a year. Whilst working for foreign contracts in Costa Rica, you will be exempt from tax. Nomad visas in Costa Rica cost $100.


Health insurance for the duration of your stay.

Proof of income of $3,000 for solo travellers and $5,000 for families per month.


Flex Your Freedom

The prospect of embracing a truly nomadic lifestyle can be both exhilarating and daunting. The prospect of packing up all your things and hiking off for an extended period is no small feat and, from lost luggage to culture shock, there are a myriad of obstacles you’re likely to encounter along the way. Nevertheless, with a bit of time, you’ll soon find yourself forging memories that will last a lifetime. Digital nomad visas are the ultimate way of blending work and travel. With more and more countries hopping on board, there has never been a better time to start checking out destinations and preparing your application!



5 Reasons to Become a Digital Nomad in Spain

5 Reasons to Become a Digital Nomad in Spain

Becoming a digital nomad in Spain is a not-so-well-kept-secret desire of Cooper and me! We’re huge fans of Spain, and know that it’s dog friendly for our pup too. In recent years, the concept of the digital nomad lifestyle has gained significant traction worldwide. It is something we talk a lot about here. With the rise of remote work opportunities and the allure of exploring new cultures, it’s no surprise more of us are embracing the freedom of working from anywhere.

Spain is a magnet for digital nomads seeking adventure and productivity.

The digital nomad visa allows you to enjoy the country’s high standard of living while maintaining your professional pursuits. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of Madrid or the tranquil serenity of Valencia’s coastline, Spain offers a diverse range of environments to suit every lifestyle preference.


For non-EU citizens eyeing Spain as your next destination under the digital nomad visa scheme, if you’re not already convinced, here are five compelling reasons to make the move:


1. Rich Cultural Experience

Spain is a country steeped in history, art, and culture. From the majestic architecture of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia to the vibrant flamenco rhythms of Andalusia, Spain offers a diverse tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored.

As a digital nomad, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in local traditions, sample exquisite cuisine, and witness breathtaking festivals celebrated throughout the year. Whether you’re strolling through the charming streets of Seville or sipping sangria on a sun-kissed beach in Ibiza, Spain promises a cultural adventure like no other.

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2. Thriving Digital Nomad Community

One of the most significant advantages of choosing Spain as your digital nomad destination is its thriving expat and digital nomad community. Across major cities like Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia, as well as in smaller towns and coastal regions, coworking spaces, meetups, and events cater to the needs and interests of remote workers.

Spain’s digital nomad hubs offer workspace and a supportive environment for idea sharing, project collaboration, and friendship. Whether you seek professional connections, creative inspiration, or camaraderie, Spain’s community provides diverse platforms and gatherings to meet your needs.

Moreover, collaborative initiatives and co-living arrangements are becoming increasingly popular among digital nomads in Spain, offering opportunities for shared accommodation, workspaces, and experiences. By participating in these communal living setups, digital nomads not only benefit from cost savings, but also enjoy a sense of belonging and community.


3. Cost-Effective Living

Despite its reputation as a top tourist destination, Spain remains relatively affordable compared to other European countries. From accommodation and dining to transportation and entertainment, living expenses in Spain are often more budget-friendly, particularly in smaller cities and towns.

Spain’s universal healthcare system also delivers quality medical care at a fraction of the cost compared to other countries, complemented by private health insurance options tailored to digital nomads’ needs and budgets for peace of mind.

Moreover, recreational activities like hiking, beach outings, and cultural events are often free or low-cost, allowing digital nomads to appreciate Spain’s diverse landscapes and traditions without overspending.

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4. Favourable Tax Regime

Remote workers in Spain benefit from a highly advantageous tax regime. Instead of facing a progressive tax rate that can reach up to 45% in the general case, those under the digital nomad visa scheme pay a flat fee of 24% on their work-related income up to €600,000, and 48% on any amount exceeding this threshold.

However, this is only applicable to digital nomads who are employed by companies outside of Spain. Meaning, this does not apply to self-employed individuals or freelancers. Additionally, to enjoy this benefit the individual must not have already been a resident in Spain anytime during the last five years.


5. Gateway to Europe and Beyond

Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean, Spain serves as a gateway to a world of exploration and adventure. With its extensive transportation network and proximity to other European destinations, Spain offers convenient access to diverse cultures, landscapes, and experiences.

Whether you’re dreaming of weekend getaways to Paris, exploring the historic streets of Rome, or soaking up the sun in the Greek Isles, Spain’s strategic location makes it an ideal base for exploring the wonders of the continent and beyond.

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So, what are you waiting for?

Spain offers a compelling blend of culture, lifestyle, and opportunity for digital nomads seeking to embrace a life of freedom and adventure. With its welcoming atmosphere, vibrant communities, and boundless possibilities, Spain beckons those with a thirst for exploration and a passion for remote work.

By embarking on this journey, you’ll not only discover the beauty of Spain but also unlock a world of endless possibilities as you chart your course as a digital nomad in one of Europe’s most captivating destinations.

Before we part, we recommend getting the help of an immigration lawyer in Spain as this streamlines the application, reduces delays, and improves the chances of obtaining the digital nomad visa for a smooth transition to life in Spain. Immigration lawyers understand visa requirements and legal procedures, guiding applicants through the process.


If you’re planning to move to Spain or have questions, drop us a line in the comments – we’d love to chat!

TLL Featured on The Offbeat Life Podcast!

TLL Featured on The Offbeat Life Podcast!

We’re so excited to share this – TLL featured on The Offbeat Life podcast! I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Debbie Archangeles, founder of The Offbeat Life for a chat on her popular podcast. Guests on The Offbeat Life share similar values to Cooper and I. They seek ways to bring more global experiences into their lives, weaving work, travel and lifestyle into an immersion of other cultures.

In this episode, Debbie and I talk about ways to take your work on the road. We highlight great tips for anyone dreaming of an ‘offbeat life’ adventure! In particular, becoming a digital nomad, remote worker or expat abroad.

How can you travel longer, live and work from anywhere?

Have a listen to Cooper’s and my story, hopefully we can share advice that motivates you to take the leap!

Click below to listen on Spotify, or listen directly here. Alternatively, you can listen on iTunes here.


Extended podcast interview: How to avoid the top mistakes newbie house sitters make!

We talk a lot about house sitting on this site and on our YouTube channel. Much of the advice we share is based on our own experiences, but also on the conversation that comes out of our Facebook Group of over 17,000+ travel-curious community.

Get your FREE 4-part email series, House Sitting 101 training here!

Debbie and I had a great chat about house sitting too.


Because house sitting is a fantastic enabler of a freedom filled lifestyle that suits remote workers and digital nomads to a T! This sentiment is everything that inspires our own podcast, Freedom and Four Paws

In our Offbeat Life chat, I cover the top mistakes newbie house sitters make – find out how to avoid them, listen on:


Alternatively, you can listen directly on Spotify here, or on iTunes here.


Questions or comments? Let us know below :)






House sitting tips – how to become a PAID house sitter [2024 guide!]

House sitting tips – how to become a PAID house sitter [2024 guide!]

Hey there, fellow travellers and aspiring house sitters! It’s Sarah here, bringing you the freshest insights in our how to become a paid house sitter – 2024 guide.

If you’ve finally decided to turn your passion for house sitting into a thriving business, you’re in the right place. Transitioning from free house sitting to a paid role is a journey filled with learning, growth, and exciting House Sitting Opportunities.

But don’t worry, you’re not alone on this journey. We’ve combined our years of experience with the collective wisdom of our house sitting community on YouTube and Facebook to give you a comprehensive step-by-step guide.

This guide is all about making that pivotal transition with confidence and savvy.


How to become a PAID house sitter: complete guide!


Step 1: Gain Experience and Build a Reputation

I get it, you’re eager to start earning as a house sitter. But remember, every seasoned professional began somewhere, and often, that’s with volunteering. Yes, I’m talking about initially house sitting for free.

It’s a tried and tested pathway for many in our community, and it’s a valuable step in creating a legitimate business.

But here’s a little twist: while you might not be getting paid in cash, you’re gaining something priceless – experience and credibility.

Our own journey in London was a springboard for us. We started with two simple desires: to spend time with pets (we missed having our own furry friends) and to explore new neighbourhoods.


TrustedHousesitters was our gateway to amazing adventures, connections with wonderful pets and people, and it helped us build the reputation we needed to eventually charge for our services.

By offering your house sitting services in any form, you’re building a solid foundation for your future house sitting business. Whether you’re setting up a pet care business in your locality or planning to travel for house sits, gaining a diverse range of experiences is key.

And here’s a Professional House Sitter Tip: If you’re focusing on pet care in your local area, it’s often easier to start charging right away. Many pro house sitters use a hybrid model: they commit to longer ‘free’ sits through platforms like TrustedHousesitters for the experience, but charge for shorter, local stays.


Collect References

No matter where you sit, always ask for references or testimonials after each assignment. This is crucial for validating your services. Capture those special moments (with permission, of course) and build a portfolio that showcases your reliability and love for pets. Whether it’s through a personal website, blog, or digital storytelling tools like Adobe Spark, a well-crafted portfolio is your ticket to standing out in the House Sitting Services Marketing sphere.



Step 2: Create an Online Presence

In today’s digital age, having an online presence is a game-changer, especially if you’re keen on expanding your house sitting services beyond your local neighborhood.

Now, I know what you might be thinking – do I really need a website or a blog? While it’s not mandatory, especially if you’re thriving on word-of-mouth in your community, having a digital space of your own can significantly boost your reach and credibility. And trust me, this becomes increasingly important if you plan to travel and house sit in different locations.

Your online presence, whether it’s a blog like ours, a website, or even a digital showcase, should highlight a few key things:

  • Your services: Be clear about what you offer.
  • Your experience: Show off those testimonials and references.
  • Contact information: Make it easy for potential clients to reach you.
  • Fees: This is crucial. As a pet owner myself, I appreciate transparency in pricing.


If social media is your thing, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and YouTube are incredible for promoting your services. The key here is to be authentic and true to your style.

Remember, you can’t sell a secret, so talking about your services is a must to grow your house sitting business.

Joining house sitting sites, both free and paid, like TrustedHousesitters and Rover, can also significantly enhance your digital footprint. It’s all about getting your name out there in the world of house sitting opportunities.

There is a comprehensive list of sites and services featured in our training – grab it for just $2.50 here!


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Step 3: Set Your Rates

Let’s talk money – setting your rates is a crucial part of professionalizing your house sitting services. Research is key here. Understand what other house sitters in your area are charging and set competitive rates. As of 2024, here’s a little insight into the current House Sitting Rates 2024:

  • In major UK cities like London, rates range from £50 to £60 per night.
  • For a professional house sitting service, the basic daily rate is around £60, increasing to £70 for shorter assignments.
  • The minimum cost for hiring a homesitter through a professional service can be upwards of £80.40 per day.

These rates are just a guideline and can vary based on your location, experience, and the services you offer.

Create a Pricing Structure

Develop a clear pricing structure considering location, duration, and additional services like pet care or gardening. If you’re based in one place, consider offering packages tailored to different needs – basic house sitting, house sitting with pet care, drop-in day visits, dog walking, etc. But remember, don’t overcommit. Balancing your ethics with income is crucial, especially when a living soul (like a pet) is involved.

For those traveling, consider offering daily or nightly rates, long-term discounted rates, and rates for additional services. Your financial goals should dictate your pricing strategy – plan backwards from your desired income to ensure sustainability and profitability in your house sitting business.

Important to note: if you are turning house sitting into a business, manage home owners expectations up front. Share your fees, own your worth.

Great tips and more info here :)



Step 4: Market Your Services

As you step into the world of professional house sitting, let’s dive into one of the most crucial aspects – House Sitting Services Marketing. I’ve seen some incredible networking by pro house and pet sitters, and here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Networking: The good old-fashioned in-person approach works wonders, especially if you’re focusing locally. Attend community events, join local groups, and spread the word about your services.
  • Word of Mouth: It’s a powerful tool! Encourage satisfied clients to refer you to their friends and family.
  • Online Advertising: If your business is mainly local, consider using online advertising platforms like Facebook ads or Google ads to target potential clients in your area.

Creative marketing doesn’t have to be expensive. Simple tactics like putting up posters at local dog parks or distributing flyers can effectively capture your target market.

For those targeting international house sits, your online presence becomes even more vital. Engage in community groups, especially in the areas you’re interested in, like Los Angeles or other major cities. Be an active participant in house sitting and digital nomad groups. Share valuable insights and tips, and occasionally let others know about your services and availability.

✨Our podcast guests, Kate and Dave, have been house sitting long term for over nine years and they shared some amazing advice for how and where to find sits. Here’s what they said:


Step 5: Communicate Clearly with Clients

Clear communication is key in any business, and the house sitting business is no exception. Setting and agreeing on clear expectations upfront is essential.

This includes discussing your services, rates, and any additional charges. Draft a house sitting agreement outlining the terms and conditions, responsibilities, and payment details. This will not only professionalize your services but also protect both you and the homeowner.

Remember, not everyone will be comfortable paying for house sitting services, and that’s okay. Focus on clients who value and are willing to pay for your services. As in any line of work, owning your worth is crucial.



Step 6: Provide Excellent Service

This step is non-negotiable, whether you’re sitting for free or transitioning to paid services. Treating every assignment with professionalism and respect is paramount. Go the extra mile – leave the house cleaner than you found it, provide regular updates on pets, and show genuine care and attention.

In our own experience as sitters, we’ve seen how going above and beyond sets you apart and leads to repeat invitations, even when you start charging. Remember, successful House Sitting Opportunities rely heavily on trust and reliability. Your dedication to providing top-notch service will reflect in your reputation and client satisfaction.


Step 7: Review and Adjust

One of the best practices in running a successful house sitting business is regularly reviewing and adjusting your approach. This is crucial for staying current with the House Sitting Opportunities 2024. Evaluate your business’s progress periodically and assess whether you’re meeting your income goals. You might find that your rates need adjusting, or perhaps there’s room to expand your services.

This ongoing review process also involves keeping up with the latest trends and demands in the house sitting market. For example, as we move into 2024, staying informed about the evolving needs of homeowners and adapting your services accordingly can make a significant difference.


Step 8: Manage Your Finances

Now, onto the nitty-gritty of finances. As your house sitting transitions from a casual arrangement to a more structured business, keeping accurate records of your earnings and expenses becomes vital.

If it’s within your means, consider consulting a financial planner or accountant. They can provide invaluable advice, ensuring your business’s financial health and helping you navigate tax implications.

A crucial part of financial management is setting aside a portion of your earnings for taxes. Since you’re not a traditional employee, this aspect of financial planning is something you’ll need to handle proactively. Remember, investing in your business, whether it’s in marketing, professional development, or other areas, is part of fostering growth and sustainability.



Step 9: Insurance and Professional Cover

As a professional house sitter, it’s wise to consider getting professional cover and insurance. This aspect is particularly important in the UK, where many house sitters invest in a DBS check (a police background check) and personal indemnity insurance. If you’re offering pet care services, getting pet first aid certifications can also boost your credibility.

The need for professional cover can vary depending on where you’re operating or the types of services you’re offering. But as a rule of thumb, it’s always better to be prepared and covered. This not only provides peace of mind for you but also for your clients, who are entrusting you with their homes and beloved pets.


Embracing the Journey Ahead

As you embark on this journey to becoming a professional house sitter, remember that every step, every sit, and every connection you make is a part of your growth. The world of House Sitting Opportunities is dynamic and full of potential. With the right approach and a bit of savvy, you can turn this passion into a profitable and fulfilling career.

Expand Your Horizons

In 2024, the scope for house sitting has widened significantly. We’re seeing more people than ever opening their homes to house sitters, not just for pet care but for the peace of mind that comes with having a trusted person looking after their property. This increase in demand is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to establish themselves in the house sitting business.


Stay Informed and Adaptive

The key to success in this industry is staying informed and adaptive. Keep up with the latest trends in house sitting, be it new platforms, changing homeowner preferences, or evolving House Sitting Rates 2024. Being adaptable also means being open to opportunities in different locations, types of homes, and pet care requirements.


Building Relationships

Remember, at the heart of house sitting is the relationship you build with homeowners and their pets. Trust, reliability, and communication are the pillars of these relationships. Your ability to connect with homeowners and understand their needs will set you apart in the world of House Sitting Services Marketing.


Leverage Technology

In this digital age, leveraging technology can give you a significant advantage. Whether it’s managing bookings, promoting your services, or staying connected with clients, technology can streamline your operations and enhance your efficiency. Don’t shy away from using digital tools and platforms that can elevate your business.


Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Lastly, cultivating a growth mindset is crucial. See every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow. Whether it’s dealing with an unexpected situation during a sit or learning new ways to market your services, approach these experiences with a positive and growth-oriented mindset.


Wrapping It Up

As we wrap up this Paid House Sitting Guide 2024, remember that building a successful house sitting business takes time, patience, and persistence. Keep honing your skills, delivering quality service, and effectively marketing your services. Soon, you’ll find yourself reaping the rewards of your hard work – the freedom to work on your terms, spending time with adorable pets, and exploring new places.

Stay connected with our community for more tips, advice, and shared experiences. We’re all in this exciting journey together!


Top links:

  1. Subscribe for more inspiration on YouTube: Travel Live Learn
  2. FREE TRAINING – 4 part email series House Sitting 101 – get yours here!
  3. Get amongst our travel community on Facebook: here


Questions or comments? Other advice to share? Let us know – drop us a line below.