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Petsit like a friend anywhere in the world – Beijing anyone?

Little did Katie know when moving to Beijing that she’d miss neighbours from home who petsit for her. Katie teaches in the Chinese capital and as an expat she loves learning about her host culture. To help establish her new home she adopted a cat, then faced the challenge of who might petsit or look after her friendly feline when she ...

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With housesitting – you never quite know what to expect!

about housesitting - Mike walking the dogs

WINNER OF THE 2016 NEW VOICES BLOG COMPETITION Mike and Marion, a retired British couple from Tenbury Wells started housesitting only a few years ago. They thought that with their love of animals and experience of running their own small holding they would be set and ready for anything that ‘housesitting; could throw at them! Their winning submission for the ...

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Last minute house-sitter Maidenhead UK

The dogs show David the dog-sitter a great deal of affection

Once in a while we are asked to help in a crisis to find an emergency house-sitter or specialist pet-sitters within 24 hours. Recently one of our housesit adverts read – Last minute house-sitter Maidenhead. This usually occurs because someone has been taken to hospital unexpectedly – either the owner or a relative living far from the pet owner or ...

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Is a house-sitting lifestyle cheaper than living at home?

House-sitting in Breckenridge Colorado US

One Australian couple adopted a house-sitting lifestyle out of necessity and discovered a frugal way to travel on less than £5 / $8 per day! Check out their exotic travelogue and stunningly low costs, all because they house-sit – exchange services in caring for other people’s pets and property for free accommodation. Is it cheaper to adopt a house-sitting lifestyle or to live ...

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Emerging from Iceland to Shine as a New house-sitter

Landing the first assignment is the hardest for every New house-sitter. This is how it was for new house sitter Bragi Jonsson. A lover of travel and the sharing economy, Bragi learned about house sitting and was very eager to try it. In the beginning, he applied for many assignments without any success.  This went on for about six months ...

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House-sitting Guide from an Experienced Hand

handshake representing a housesitting agreement as in the House-sitting Guide

House-Sitting Cardinal Rules This is my House-Sitting Guide – I like to say that I have three Cardinal rules as a house-sitter : 1- Cherish the animals 2- Care for the property like it is your own 3- Clean and protect the car if you are given access to the vehicle. Best practice House-Sitting Rules Of course I also go ...

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Sydney, Australia – Spectacular Spectacular!

View of the Sydney harbour bridge from Milsons Point Sydney

There is so much to absorb on a first visit to Sydney, Australia – the views, the sunshine, the food, the stunning architecture. Fortunately, even on a short visit you can enjoy the city from many angles for free!  Many residents and visitors often complain about how expensive it is to live in Sydney, so while we only spent a ...

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House-sitting in Costa Rica

Infinity pool at the villa in Costa Rica

House-sitting in Costa Rica – Belated honeymoon After selling a business in the US and marrying his sweetheart Kristie, Tim wanted to take some time out for a belated honeymoon.  They had both been working so hard for years without a break. At a party a friend mentioned house-sitting as a way to travel, it seemed like a good way ...

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Our pets chose us and our unusual cave home in Spain

Modern dining room in 2016

Our pets chose us and our unusual home We have pets, or rather we have been adopted by a number of pets,  four cats and one dog to be precise. All of them chose us and our home to share their lives. We love our pets, but actually we were quite surprised to have been so especially singled out by ...

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How house-sitting enables my travel

housesitting with the dogs, makes the best travel possible

Travel and house-sitting I’ve been travelling the world for a very long time now with my Mum, and one thing I really love is when we house-sit, especially the long ones, because it makes me feel like home.  We have seen so many places and amazing things.  I love to travel. I love looking after the dogs When we are ...

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The bearable lightness of being stuff-free

Two suitcases containing all portable possessions of a housesitter

A new perspective on being stuff-free It has become something of a cliche to bemoan the modern Western predilection for accumulating stuff. As Tyler Durden so eloquently puts it in Fight Club, ‘The things you own end up owning you’. We are destined to wake up one day and realise that we have a house crammed full of stuff and have little ...

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Making friends while housesitting

Making friends in a coffee shop in Kiev

Making friends on a long term housesit For a number of years now I have chosen to look after property and pets (as a cost saving way) to travel the world. I’ve found that being a short term single visitor to a new country it can be a challenge when making friends, and therein lies the choice: I can either ...

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Long term house-sitting near Kiev – Part 3

Long term house-sitting - organised preserve jars

Settling into the Long term house-sitting :- When accepting a Long term house-sitting assignment anywhere in the world, you need to consider your readiness to live in an unfamiliar environment for an extended period, and what simple things you might need to call that place home for a while. If you are an experienced house-sitter ready to set up ‘home’ ...

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Long Term Housesitting near Kiev – Part 2

Looking up at a laden apricot tree with fruit fully ripened

House-sitter and independent traveler Edward accepts a Long term house-sitting near Kiev. The owner is selling her home and emigrating to Montenegro, she needed someone to live in the house until it is sold. This blog describes Edward’s arrival in the Ukraine, meeting his homeowner Tina. He continues his ‘sharing economy’ story by telling us how Tina introduces him to the ...

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Long term house-sitting near Kiev

Long term housesitting near Kiev grapes in fruitful garden

House-sitter and independent traveler Edward accepts a Long term house-sitting near Kiev. The owner is selling her home and emigrating to Montenegro, she needed someone to live in the house until it is sold. This blog describes Edward’s journey from Spain to Ukraine, and on arriving his surprise at the peace and quiet of his rural neighbourhood, a far cry ...

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Top tip for affordable travel and free accommodation – Try house-sitting!

Ellie our student intern, now graduated, reflects on her impending traveling adventure and offers some top tips for others considering a long term trip and needing affordable travel. Affordable travel and free accommodation through house-sitting Becoming a new graduate is exciting and challenging all at the same time, not only do you have to contend with facing the real world after ...

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Early Bird Catches the House-Sit!

housesitting

It’s that time of year again. The evenings have begun to get a little lighter, and it’s occasionally possible to venture outside without being wrapped up head to toe in layers of thermals. As the spring sunshine peeps through the clouds in the Northern hemisphere, have you thought about how you want to make the most of this summers sun? ...

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Pet Lover SonnyB Needs Pet-Sitters in Turkey

Home-owner in Turkey seeks Pet-sitters who love Living Like Locals Have you ever been on holiday somewhere where the scenery simply took your breath away, the holiday atmosphere was authentic, fun and relaxing? So much so in fact that you simply felt you wanted to move there straight away? Well that’s what happened to Sonia, she simply fell in love ...

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Sam and Pete need long-term house-sitters – But why..?

Need long term pet-sitters because you are travelling away from home or because you are volunteering abroad? Why not find registered and trustworthy house and pet-sitters to live in your home and care for your pets in your absence? Long-term house-sitters are needed for a volunteering couple – Sam and Pete From time to time we are asked by people ...

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Top Tips for House-Sitting in Paris

House-sitting in Paris – Top Tips I have in front of me a a curling paperback edition of an old Paris guidebook, and even though it is pretty old (1986!). I still hold onto it and dip into the pages to explore the tourist sites, well they couldn’t have changed that much! Naturally, I was wrong. Much has changed since ...

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Top Tips – house-Sitting tips for comfort

House-sitting tips Whether you like to house-sit close to home or use house-sitting as a way to experience life and new cultures in different countries most people would agree there is always at least one item or two that you treat as your essential luxury.  Here are some house-sitting tips you might find useful. These are luxuries you simply could ...

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Now we are ‘HouseSitMatch house-sitting’

poolside scene in a Mediterranean villa housesitting

Fancy HouseSitMatch house-sitting..? Since starting the HouseSitMatch network I have heard some fabulous stories about people who when house-sitting with HouseSitMatch have collaborated through our site to solve their travel, as well as their pet-sit and home care challenges. The aim of this blog is to share some of those stories and describe some examples of house-sitting with HouseSitMatch. New ...

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House-Sitting Australia – Travel Top Ten Tips

Travel Tips for house-sitting Australia If you’re not an Ozzie and you’re headed to Australia on your career break, you’re not alone! It’s one of the most popular destinations to travel to – partly due to it being easy to work there (thank you working holiday visa) and partly because of the sunshine! Here are our travel top ten tips ...

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Professional Couple Swap Commute for house-sit

PROFESSIONAL COUPLE SWAP LONG COMMUTE FOR HOUSE-SITTING IN LONDON Alick and Sarah – Homeowners turned Trusty House-Sitters About four years ago Alick an architect and Sarah a designer decided to move out of their one bedroom flat in London in search of their ideal country hideaway. They found a charming 15th Century cottage in a village setting and set about ...

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Tips to Stay Cozy – House-sitting comfort ideas

House-sitting Comfort – Top Tips for House-sitters For a lot of people, one of the main draws of house-sitting is the idea of changing their environment, enjoying a change of scene and having a nice, comfortable place to stay for a few days – almost like some sort of luxury hotel! Of course, there are plenty of responsibilities that come ...

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House-Sitting – To Pay or Not To Pay

dogsitters, housesitters, pet sitters

Should homeowners pay for house-sitting..? As a house-sitter you may be curious about various aspects of your new potential house-sitting assignment… What will the pets be like, will there be a garden to tend, how big is the property you must care for while the owners are away. Naturally, you may also be wondering if there is a paid recompense ...

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Dog-Sitters Needed..?

dogsitting

Dog-sitters needed One Sunday last summer HouseSit Match attended the Cranbourne Companion Dog Show, in Berkshire, UK. And I must say we were delighted to make so many new friends, of both the two and four legged varieties! One thing that surprised us was how many of you, who were not yet familiar with house-sitting, the HouseSit Match brand, website ...

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