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Hi and welcome! Glad to have you here!

We’re Sam and Veren, aka the Alternative Travelers. We are digital nomads who travel as house sitters, vegans, and responsible travelers.

What does traveling alternatively mean to us? In a nutshell, we travel slowly on a budget while following a sustainable, vegan lifestyle. Everywhere we go, we look for alternatives to the conventional, consumerist way of traveling. And then we bring those insights to you! 

We want to help and inspire others to travel - and live - in a more sustainable, ethical, and mindful way. We aim to empower travelers to think differently about their travel and lifestyle by reducing harmful habits and increasing positive ones.

The world’s current trajectory means that sustainable, responsible, and ethical travel is more important than ever. That’s why we’re on a mission to make these kinds of conversations and this kind of travel mainstream. Every traveler must be a sustainable traveler, taking actionable steps, practicing what they believe.

We strongly believe that positive change starts within. That’s why we help travelers learn how to create positive change in both themselves, and as a result, the communities they visit. In other words, we want to inspire and teach others to live and travel in alignment with their core values of ethics, sustainability, and mindfulness. We found freedom to live the life that we truly desire, in alignment with our values, through house sitting! 

OUR HOUSE SITTING STORY

We left New York in early 2016 after realizing that it'd be cheaper to travel than live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. After two years living in Madrid, Spain (and house sitting all over Europe), we are now back to full time traveling via house sitting!

We've fallen in love with the house sitting lifestyle, and since we started house sitting in early 2016, we've house sat across the U.S. and Europe. House sitting has taken us to a wide variety of situations: from an off-grid, solar powered house in the Caribbean taking care of 17 animals - to apartments in global cities like New York and London!

Now, we teach fellow prospective house sitters how to live their dream lives through house sitting. We've even written a whole book on our experiences and strategies to help you every step of the way!

Click here to learn more about The House Sitting Handbook

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THE ALTERNATIVE TRAVELERS PODCAST

In 2020, we started our podcast, The Alternative Travelers Podcast, to spread the responsible travel message even further, and to have long form, deep dive conversations into everything alternative, responsible travel. The Alternative Travelers Podcast features thoughtful conversations about living a meaningful life with travel at the core. These are conversations that will challenge conventional notions about travel, and make you think about travel and mindful living in a whole new way (at least we hope they will)!

Our podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts (just search The Alternative Travelers Podcast), or for streaming right here on our website.

Check out some of our most popular episodes:

2019 at one of our fav vegan restaurants in Brooklyn
Couple in front of Helsinki Cathedral

WE'D LOVE TO CONNECT!

We're most active on Instagram (@alternativetravelers) - Sam runs our IG, so come say hi! She posts a variety of content on everything alternative travel.  It's really a little bit of everything - sometimes it's fun random adventures from wherever we are, sometimes it's what we're digging into food wise, sometimes its the cute animals that we're house sitting for.  We also have Facebook, though admittedly we are a bit less active on there.

But even though social media can be great, algorithm changes mean that less people see our posts than in the past (sad face). The best way to stay connect is through email - sign up in the form below and choose the topics that you want to hear from us about. We won't overwhelm your inboxes, we promise 😉

Wherever you are, we'd love to have you as part of the Alternative Travelers community!