Chris Jones has a dream life travelling the world and dealing as a pet-sitter

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Travelling the world and saving cash on lodging by pet-sitting appears just about just like the dream situation to us. It’s a actuality for fortunate English man, Chris Jones, who’s at present travelling by Ukraine as a part of a street journey round Europe by automotive.

Chris Jones had a vibrant time pet-sitting pigs in New Zealand. Picture: Chris Jones

Chris (29) combines his love of journey and freelance animation work with pet-sitting and volunteering alternatives with animals. He started freelancing after being made redundant from a design company in Manchester three years in the past and has been travelling for the final two years throughout Europe, south and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. “I began pet-sitting to economize on lodging whereas freelancing in New Zealand and realised it was such a enjoyable and rewarding method to journey,” he tells Lonely Planet.

Chris Jones works as a part-time pet-sitter and freelance animator. Picture by Marianne Pijlman

“I get to spend my time making pals and taking part in with all kinds of animals whereas having a house base in new places. I’m signed as much as a web site that connects pet-sitters to house owners who want their pets taken care of, often whereas they go on vacation. You make a profile, undergo safety checks and verifications, after which it’s all about promoting your self as the fitting particular person to take care of individuals’s pet cats, canines, birds and even livestock. Often, you prepare a cellphone or video name to have a chat with one another and go over the pet-sit in additional element, earlier than confirming that it’s a appropriate sit for each events.”

Chris Jones is a part-time pet-sitter. Picture: Chris Jones

Pet-sitting has seen Chris residing in some fairly cool locations, together with a 600-year -old cottage within the English countryside, a home inside touching distance of the Swiss Alps and an condo in Paris overlooking the Eiffel Tower. He has additionally had some humorous experiences whereas working with the animals, and his recommendation is to be ready if you happen to’re taking care of puppies.

Chris Jones exchanges pet-sitting for lodging. Picture: Chris Jones

“They could be a handful to take care of, particularly as they wish to discover the world by their mouths, so you’re always on guard to see what they may be consuming or chewing on,” he laughs. “One pet I used to be taking care of bought very excited at seeing a hare within the countryside that was almost twice its measurement. It caught me off-guard, and I discovered myself working round like a lunatic shouting after the pet, who thought it was nice enjoyable to be taking part in a sport of chase the hare whereas being chased by a human. If you need the simple life, consider cats!”

Whereas in New Zealand, he was taking care of some pigs on a farm that had a bent to flee their pen and observe him round all day, usually digging up hazelnuts with their snouts or attempting to eat his wellies. “I used to be having fun with a pleasant little bit of native cheese one lunch-time after I heard numerous grunting coming from exterior,” he says. “I ran out to see six pigs working riot and demolishing luggage of contemporary hazelnuts, newly-planted garlic beds and every other crops they might get their trotters on.”

Chris Jones has a dream life travelling and minding pets Picture: Chris Jones

Chris goes to Chisinau, Moldova quickly to volunteer with a canine and cat sanctuary with over 500 homeless animals. He has a few pet-sits lined up again within the UK later this 12 months, and the plan going ahead is to proceed the pet-sitting and journey adventures in South America subsequent 12 months. “Lots of people are a bowled over after I say it isn’t paid work, nevertheless it’s a great scenario for me,” he says. “I get to spend my time with animals whereas travelling and freelancing.”

Observe Chris’s adventures on his Instagram web page right here.

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