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Housesitting in Ireland near Bono

Caslte in Ireland

Housesitting in Ireland – Favourite sits by the Travelling Housesitters Meet Jayden and Brittany a housesitting couple We are Jayden & Brittnay, a New Zealand & Aussie couple. We met in the Australian Alps and quickly discovered each other’s passion for travel. We were eyeing off South America as our next trip. However, one snowy Sunday afternoon we came across ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 7

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever; here we share the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 7 entry. Kelly Hayes-Raitt An American from California started housesitting as a way to change her life and pursue new horizons. Since then she has discovered a whole new lifestyle that has enabled her to pursue ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 6

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever; here we share the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 6 entry. Andrew Redfern an Australian from Sydney started housesitting as a way to find a new neighbourhood where he and his partner would like to buy a house. That was nearly two years ago, and ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 5

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever, here we share with you the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 5 Entry. Bragi Jonsson an Icelandic security guard and shepherd has travelled across the world by housesitting, protecting property and pets wherever he is housesitting. In his blog entry we read about how he ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 4

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever, here we share with you the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 4 Entry – Dianne and Mike Lang recently started traveling across the world as housesitters to see more of the world. They sold everything they own and hit the road. Here’s what they learned ...

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2017 Winner Housesitting Blog Competition

Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 3

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever, here we share with you the Winner – Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 3 – Anel and John Ryan have travelled across the world and found themselves caring for and protecting property and pets against not one but two hurricanes from their very first housesit. ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 2

Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 2

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever. Here we share with you the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 2 Entry – Jacqueline and Glenn Lamb travel while they housesit around the world and tell us what they have learned about affordable travel and housesitting. In their blog entry Glenn and Jacqueline offer ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 1

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever. Here we share with you the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 1 Entry – Angela Williams and her husband Frank travel while they housesit around the world and tell us what they have learned about housesitting. In her blog entry Angela offers some special words ...

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Housesitters needed for pets in China

Housesitters needed for our rescued puppy

When a Welsh couple moved to China for a temporary job they did not expect to remain as Expats for a lengthy period. Two and a half years later they are established with a household full of rescued pets and are posting ads saying housesitters needed to care for our pets. They are seeking pet lovers to care for their ...

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Oxfordshire Housesit – Our first experience

Housesit gave us this view of Oxfordshire

Dianne and Mike decided to travel the world one housesit at a time. An Oxfordshire housesit was their first experience. As new home and pet owners themselves they felt fairly well prepare for their first housesitting experience, however, each new experience brings opportunities and challenge. Dianne is an accredited, professional travel agent since 1991, and Mike has been a professional broadcaster ...

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Harrogate housesitting for an Akita

Harrogate housesitting

When experienced housesitters Mike and Diane aka Travelloafers chose to apply for a Harrogate housesitting assignment on HouseSitMatch describing a resident ‘large dog’ that they’d be required to care for, they had no idea the fun that was in store for them. Read their blog to find out what happened when they met Rex!  HOUSESITTING TYRONAUSAURUS REX! When considering a ...

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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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Long term travel and the leap of faith!

Housesitters pose with their first petsitting charges Hudson the dog and K2 the cat

Long term travel has always preoccupied travel agents Dianne and Mike. This year they finally took the plunge, they sold everything, upped sticks in Canada leaving family and friends to travel slowly across the world. A life long dream of journeying to discover the world one country at a time through slow travel, and living like locals in a neighbourhood ...

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Bed and Breakfast in Oxford University – Yes really!

Bed & Breakfast at St Hugh's College in Oxford

Bed and breakfast in St Hugh’s College – Oxford’s Secret Garden Bed and breakfast in Oxford – is something you might consider? Ever thought about St Hugh’s College? Good friends Kathy and Inka wanted a weekend city break with a difference and had considered Oxford with its reputation for history, culture and wonderful architecture. Both are keen museum goers, and often ...

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Cheap accommodation: a comparison of today’s options

a yellow couch in front of a mountain

Which type of cheap accommodation is best? In today’s online world there are lots of options when it comes to finding cheap accommodation. The internet has enabled all manner of search tools across the world, whether you are looking for an inexpensive hostel, a housesitting gig, or a free sofa somewhere fun. Nick Caley one of our registered housesitters and ...

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Catsitters Tale by homeowner Teresa

Catsitters provide a critical service to many of our homeowners. One homeowner in particular, finds finding cat-sitters through HouseSitMatch an invaluable service. Homeowner Teresa lives in Spain and loves and rescues cats, consequently, she regularly needs catsitters to help her care for her own pets and the cats she has rescued herself. She has long been a lover of cats and ...

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Housesitting gardens with Japanese Maples

Bright Acer leaves coloured red and yellow

Housesitting gardens with Japanese Maple Trees Housesitting gardens is a personal pleasure that is becoming important to me. I am a homeowner and a housesitter, and a self-confessed lover of Acers, or Japanese Maple trees. It goes without saying that I am passionate about colour in my own garden and have several Acers dotted around either in pots or planted in ...

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Housesit book review: ‘Care of Wooden Floors’ by Will Wiles

A grand piano in a classical apartment housesitting assignment

Housesit book review – ‘Care of Wooden Floors’ This housesit book review reveals how there has always been a mysterious and yet powerful link between reading and travelling and now housesitting.  They all three make for a great partnership especially on a housesit. It’s not just about filling the hours of a long journey or being occupied in periods of ...

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Housesitting student – benefits from an ascetic life

Alex the housesitting student caring for two spaniels

Housesitting student enjoys the company of Spaniels Alex, a housesitting student, finds caring for two Spaniels in a quiet English village just the escape he needs from normal distractions of home life. He was trying to finish his dissertation, so a peaceful new location with simple pet care routines was exactly what he needed. Cliched thinking often suggests that countryside ...

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Enjoy housesitting? Let me count the ways!

Enjoy housesitting? Many people do. House and petsitting is a growing phenomenon. One way we like to better understand how people enjoy housesitting experience is to host a housesitting blog competition in 2016 we asked ‘what is your favourite thing about housesitting?’ And we were stunned by the quality of entries. Thanks so much to all who entered. It has ...

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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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Marbella Housesitting – the Solution

Marbella housesitting villa

Whether living in your native country or abroad in a holiday destination like Marbella in Spain it goes without saying that as a pet owner you will worry about pet care when you want to travel. In a city like Marbella housesitting and finding good pet sitters can be more challenging for an expat because you are away from your ...

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Housesitting Ile de France and losing myself in the country

housesitting Ile de France

It’s long been an ambition of mine to find the right housesitting opportunity and lose myself in the French countryside. This September I escaped home obligations for a short while and tried housesitting Ile de France.  This peaceful rich agricultural landscape is in the heart of the Brie and Champagne region of North Central France. A housesitting assignment came up with ...

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Travelling Solo: A housesitter’s guide

Full moon shining over Maidenhead Bridge

At HouseSitMatch we find we are increasingly attracting more professionals and semi-retired professionals travelling solo or as couples and housesitters. Many want to pursue a long nurtured dream to travel. As is our want when we meet someone with an interesting perspective on ‘life, travel and housesitting’ we approach them to share their experience of housesitting through HouseSitMatch. Here is ...

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Housesitting family – Travel more, for less!

Housesitting family riding two camels in Dubai

Karen and Cam King sold their home in Victoria Australia 18 months ago to start a world tour with their two children to become a housesitting family. Cam was a chef on an oil rig, and Karen ran a cake baking and decorating business. They were living a comfortable life, working hard but frustrated by not being able to travel ...

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Retired couple housesits in Spain

Detail of window in Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba SPain

Retired couple housesits: Cave homes to Cathedrals We increasingly find that housesitting is becoming a thing to do as a retired couple. Traveling the world for the first time without dependents, without mortgage or job worries, housesitting enables you to exchange your years of experience as a home owners, pet owners and professionals for free accommodation around the world. In exchange ...

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Travel to enjoy ‘the unexpected miracle of life’

The joy of travel can offer unexpected surprises, each destination with its own hidden secrets, some unexpectedly stunning, some unexpectedly affordable. Sometimes,  there is nothing you read about your destination that can really prepare you for what you can discover from a country and its culture! Such unexpected surprises not only help you learn a lot more about a country, ...

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Repositioning cruise: travels best secret

Repositioning cruise and sunset view from deck

The secret of traveling the seven seas is not as many think the location of Atlantis, but the routes and access to the best repositioning cruise! What’s a repositioning cruise..? Well may you ask! It’s a way that some clever travelers find to travel across the major oceans at a fraction of the standard price of a traditional cruise. Ships reposition from ...

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House sitting in England Makes Peak Season Affordable!

Summer is the most expensive time to visit the UK. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my family could afford to travel throughout England for more than a month during peak season! But, we did because of house sitting. We arrived the Last week in May to start house sitting in England, the beginning of the peak travel season. ...

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