House Sitting VS Airbnb

House Sitting VS Airbnb

Do you ever wish you would have learned a certain something a few years before actually doing so? 

It’s the story of our life! 

When we decided to sell our fifth-wheel and truck to travel using Airbnb, we wished we would have learned about Airbnb and the benefits of extreme minimalist a few years sooner. Then once we discovered house sitting as possible, with the cats, we wished we would have started sitting sooner. It sure would have saved us a ton of money!

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We are, however, firm believers that everything happens for a reason. So, maybe we weren’t ready to discover those things at the time. I mean it was a crazy process, to get our belongings down to a suitcase and backpack each. A process I’m not sure we could have completed back in 2016. 

So, I guess, better late than never.

Anywho, we recently uploaded a video to YouTube explaining why we love house sitting. If you haven’t seen it you can view it HERE. Once we uploaded this video, the kids and I got to discussing the differences between Airbnb and House Sitting and which one we like more. 

SPOILER ALERT: The Kids Like House Sitting More!

Justin and I see the benefits of using both of these platforms for traveling families. Each one has it’s pluses and minuses. But, they both offer the feeling of having a home and living like a local.

Lets find out which one you’d prefer for your family. 

Which ever you choose be sure to take advantage of the discounts by using our links.

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When staying in an Airbnb, responsibilities are non-existent. Well, for the most part anyway. You don’t have to mop any floors, clean your dirty sheets, or clean up poop, but I would suggest cleaning up after yourself. It’s not the same as staying in a hotel. Hosts do leave reviews, and if you leave the place a wreck, you’ll get a bad one. Even if they charged you a $200 cleaning fee! ERRR!.

House sitting comes with a lot of responsibility. You’re taking care of someone’s home. Your responsibilities will vary between each sit, but generally, you are expected to take care of each of their pets, plants, and to clean up after yourself, including mopping and cleaning your linens. 

We Did A Video Regarding The Responsibilites You Might Expect As Well. You Can View It HERE

We don’t mind having these responsibilities. We feel as though it benefits the kids by learning what it takes to run different types of households. 

If you don’t mind having responsibilities while on your trip we think you’d like house sitting

If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, you might want to find your accommadation on Airbnb.

Location Of Accommadation

Accommodations on Airbnb are abundant all over the world. It doesn’t matter if you want to stay in downtown New York or a place near a National Park. You will find something. 

While it is possible to get house sits all over the world as well, it isn’t as easy as using Airbnb. Not only will you have to find someone looking for a house sitter in the area you want to visit, but you also have to hope that it lands on the dates you’re looking for and apply for the sit, hoping they will choose you to sit for them.

If you are looking for a specif area to stay, you will have better luck using Airbnb.

If the location of your stay doesn’t matter, you should consider house sitting.


This one may seem obvious. Aside from your yearly membership fee, house sitting is free. It’s an exchange of services. You stay in their home free of charge, and they receive a house sitter for free, it’s a win-win.

However, time is money, if you have little time, to spare while on your trip, Airbnb offers, weekly, and monthly discounts.

If the cost of your accommadation doesn’t matter than you’d enjoy staying in an Airbnb.

If you are planning a budget trip, you’ll save a pretty penny house sitting.

Flexible Dates

Having your travel dates set in stone may not be possible when choosing to house sit. Most of the time, you’re taking care of someone’s house while they’re on their vacation, which means they get to choose the dates.  That doesn’t mean it’s not possible, just a bit tougher than using Airbnb, where you can choose the exact dates you would like.

If your dates are flexible, give House Sitting a go. If they’re not, you’ll have an easier time finding accommadation on Airbnb.

Type Of Accommadation

Over the past 6 months we’ve stayed in a two-story house in Denver Co, A gorgeous home in the mountains in Colorado Springs, an Apt with-in a two minute walk of the space needle in Seattle, WA, a cute house in downtown Portland Oregon, and a gorgeous four-bedroom home on four acres in South Carolina. Each of these homes would have been out of our budget had we found them using Airbnb.

If you’re planning on spending the majority of the time out and about and the type of place you stay isn’t of much importance to you, you should use Airbnb.

If you are looking to take a vacation to get away from home with a few outings thrown in, you should give a house sitting a try.



As far as amenities go, House sitting blows Airbnb out the water. At least according to the kids. More than half of our sits have been for family homes, meaning they get rooms full of toys, craft rooms, trampolines, zip lines, tree forts and much more. Amenities that seem to be non-existent on Airbnb.

If your heading on a vacation and have your schedule packed full of things to do, chances are these things won’t be used, so you should find a place on Airbnb.

If you’re heading on an extended vacation with kids or travel full-time, you should most definitely find a family to sit for to make the best of your trip.

Overall, we love using both Airbnb and Trusted House Sitters

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