Here’s another installment of our 8 Questions. This week we hear from Tanbay and Laura, the Travelling Weasels, and their adventures in house sitting. So kick back and enjoy their story…
Name: Tanbay and Laura
Hails from: Germany and the UK, respectively
And now for the 8 questions:
Question #1. How/When did you become a house sitter?
We started house sitting full time in 2013, Laura had just graduated from University and we were looking to have a cheap gap year in Australia, we were also looking into alternatives to renting.
Question #2. What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you while house sitting/travelling?
I’m not sure about the funniest, but we did house sit in Berlin and the German home owner didn’t realise Tanbay was German, so he spoke to him in English, Tanbay replied in German and the home owner said ‘wow your German is impressive!’ (he still didn’t realise he was German). This went on for ten minutes or so. Tanbay’s English is exceptional, apparently so good he’s lost his Germanness.
Question #3. What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you on your travels/house sitting?
Tanbay breaking his arm in Australia. It was New Year’s Eve and we went to the count down at the beach. Just after midnight he fell over in a funny way and fractured his wrist.
Question #4. What is the single most important item (aside from laptop/phone/electronics) that you take with you to every house sit?
We actually only take our laptops, clothes and passports. We only travel with our hand luggage, despite house sitting in different climates – this year our two extremes have been Finland and Greece.
Question #5. How long do you plan on house sitting?
For the next few years at least. We’ve done a lot of house sitting in Europe and Australia, but there’s still so many places to house sit – the USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, New Zealand and South Africa to name just a few.
Question #6. What’s been your favorite house sit so far, and why? (location, awesome pets)
In Italy, the house has a breath taking view of the mountains, a vineyard, a pizza oven, two perfect dogs and a perfect cat. The house has everything you could ever want (and more) and the home owners are beyond lovely.
Question #7. If you could improve one thing about house sitting in general, what would it be?
Probably to make it more consistent – some home owners/sitters expect a lot, others don’t expect anything. Some home owners/sitters give a lot, others don’t. It’s hard when a home owner is one way and a house sitter is the other.
Question #8. If you could offer one piece of advice to would-be house sitters, what would that be?
Visit our website travellingweasels.com 😉 and try practicing house sitting for your friends or family first, to get some experience and see if you really like it.
Bonus question: What’s your favorite movie?
Her, Leon, Zoolander and Donny Darko.
Great movie choices guys! Zoolander is one of our favorites as well, and also a great movie for kids who don’t read so good. With some other film noire favorites for these two, coupled with Tanbay’s ability to unintentionally disguise his German roots, these two appear to move in mysterious ways! Hopefully you both get to take your adventures to our home country, Canada, in the near future!
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2 thoughts on “8 House Sitting Questions with The Travelling Weasels”
Ditto on #4. The weasels get it. I travel with my clothes, laptops, tablet and wallet and no more on all of my sits. Traveling lights if the way to go. Happy house sitting all!
Yes, traveling light is the way to go! We have a few kitchen items we bring with us; a good chef’s knife, kitchen scissors (for cutting chicken) and a peeler. It’s surprising how many houses we have sat that don’t have a peeler or their chef knives couldn’t cut butter. These items are all small enough to not take up much room. I’m much happier when I need them and I know I have them. They’re not “must take” items for us, just things that make house sitting a bit more convenient. Aside from that, we’re very similar to the Weasels and yourself, Ryan – clothes, laptop, phones and wallet.