I travel for FREE thanks to my easy side hustle – I’m on my ninth country, haven’t paid to stay anywhere and you can too

I travel for FREE thanks to my easy side hustle – I’m on my ninth country, haven’t paid to stay anywhere and you can too

A WOMAN has revealed she now travels the world for free with her easy side hustle, and you can too.

Juliana Marques, 31, has been to ten different countries, plus her home nation Brazil, all through working as a professional pet sitter.

She's travelled to London, as well as Cyprus, Canada, France, Croatia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, USA, and Spain, and works remotely as an executive assistant while travelling.

Juliana first started working as a pet sitter in 2019, wanting to live her life as a digital nomad.

She said: "I was looking into ways to travel on a budget, because I wanted to take a gap year and travel while working remotely.

"When I found out about pet sitting, it almost seemed too good to be true!

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"I started closer to home, in the USA and Mexico, and then when the pandemic hit I did pet sits in Brazil, where I'm from.

"Now that restrictions are lifting again, I have more options, and I've just travelled to the UK for the first time."

Juliana revealed that she was worried when she first started pet sitting.

She said: "I thought people wouldn't trust me.

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"Now, I'm going to my 15th city in my ninth country, and I haven't had any accommodation costs.

"I would say that if anyone thinks this lifestyle is for them, then they should go for it!"

Juliana's favourite place to visit was Canada, where she looked after a dog, Bowie, but she's looked after a range of dogs and cats in her work.

She's responsible for walking, feeding, and caring for the pets while the owners are away, and in exchange she stays in their home for free.

She said: "I got attached to her very quickly, but I always get attached to the pets immediately!

"She was a Mexican rescue dog, and they named her Bowie because her eyes were two different colours like David Bowie.

"She was just so funny, and it's the best part of house sitting, getting to spend time with the pets."

Juliana says she loves to hear stories of retired people working as pet sitters.

She said: "I know pet sitting is much more popular in the UK than it is in other countries.

"I get very inspired when I hear stories of retired couple who pet sit together.

"Hearing stories from them and other people who live this lifestyle is so rewarding."

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Juliana still returns to Brazil once a year during her travels.

She said: "I try to go back at least once a year, but I am travelling full time.

"It is nice to go back to see my family, but I love going to new places and discovering new things there."

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