Woman reveals how she saved £16,000 while travelling the world and staying at luxury properties

AN Australian woman revealed how she managed to save £16,000 while travelling the world.

Madolline Gourley, who normally works as a government contractor in Brisbane, said that she saved the huge amount – by babysitting CATS.

The 31-year-old said that she realised she could save huge amounts on accommodation and beautiful properties by house sitting for the owners pets, who offered free stays.

After finding a number of websites offering the services, she then found herself travelling around the US without spending anything on hotels.

Speaking to Unilad, she said she has saved as much as $30,000 AUD (£16,722) by offering the service, with stays ranging one night to six months.

She has even stayed in some of the most luxurious properties in the world – which she said she would never be able to afford otherwise.

She said: "One of the homes I stayed in, up in the Boulder mountains, was on a small bit of land. It had been architecturally designed and was one of those ‘no expenses spared’ homes – even the showers had filtered water.

"I remember looking at properties in the area on AirBnB for the time I went and it was about $10,000 AUD (£5,586) for the time I stayed.

"There’s no way I would – or could – pay this much for a holiday rental so I feel fortunate to have been able to stay in such a property for almost nothing."

While she said she wasn't paid for her job, she said most of the time spent there didn't require her to do much apart from feed the cat and change its litter tray.

Madolline also said that while there are services for looking after all kinds of animals while travelling, it is best to opt for ones you have looked after before.

She added: "I don’t feel comfortable applying for sits with any other animals simply because I have only ever owned cats.

I don’t think it’s right to offer your services in exchange for a free place to stay if you’ve never cared for that particular animal before.

"Most of the time people are seeking you out because they want live-in pet care. Not a live-in housekeeper.’

Despite being stuck in Australia due to the pandemic, she said she plans to head to New Zealand, Singapore and Japan next when travel is allowed.

Another woman revealed how she travels the world for free – by hitchhiking, eating from dumpsters and walking more than 100km between countries.

In 2016, a woman spent a year travelling the world on luxurious holidays for free – because men paid for all her expenses so she can fly out to date them.

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