Chris Jones has a dream life travelling the world and working 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 way of Ukraine as a part of a highway 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 approach 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 buddies and taking part in with all types of animals whereas having a house base in new areas. I’m signed as much as a web site that connects pet-sitters to house owners who want their pets sorted, normally 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, canine, birds and even livestock. Normally, you organize a telephone 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 dwelling 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 house 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 in the event you’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 way of their mouths, so you’re continually on guard to see what they is likely to 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 practically twice its dimension. 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 recreation of chase the hare whereas being chased by a human. If you’d like 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, typically digging up hazelnuts with their snouts or making an attempt to eat his wellies. “I used to be having fun with a pleasant little bit of native cheese one lunch-time after I heard a whole lot of grunting coming from outdoors,” he says. “I ran out to see six pigs working riot and demolishing baggage of recent hazelnuts, newly-planted garlic beds and another crops they may 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 greatly surprised 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.”

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

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