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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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New housesitter tries petsitting in Marlow

New housesitter petsitting in Marlow

New housesitter Nick Caley shares his first week’s petsitting diary. A first time housesitter Nick followed advice given by HouseSitMatch his housesitting network, and after several chats to get to know the owner he traveled to the ‘sit’. He describes his first meeting with Mary the homeowner and Willow her dog, as well as their daily routines. For Nick the ...

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Retired professionals catsit in Palomares, Spain

A pan of Spanish Paella at the beach with a glass of white wine

Housesitting is rapidly becoming popular among Retired professionals looking for ways to enjoy retirement, discover active holidays and new locations by living in housesits within a community. Bob and Shirley Hesner are Retired professionals who have traveled for much of their professional careers moving every few years. Latterly they ran their own businesses online and after caring for a friend’s ...

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A housesitting lifestyle for a ‘boomerang generation’

housesitting lifestyle and boomerang generation

The housesitting lifestyle appeals to different types of people. On HouseSitMatch we have a wide range of sitters from retired and semi-retired professionals who have a lifetime of experience caring for homes and pets in exchange for free accommodation as they travel, and we have an equally wide spectrum of digital nomads who housesit full time taking their sitting responsibilities very ...

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Digital nomads – Masters of evolution

Digital nomads are masters of evolution – a grand statement perhaps but consider the facts. While some people work online occasionally as a way to take their work with them, full-time digital nomads have no fixed desk, they move between locations with wifi taking their profession with them. The housesitting community offers great examples of digital nomads, their portable professions enabling ...

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Asia a ‘rich budget travel’ experience

Sunset over Bagan temples in Myanmar

Last year our first student intern Ellie said farewell to our office on completing her internship determined to experience budget travel, ideally to try house-sitting and to see more of the world. All our housesitting assignments and travelers’ tales had given her a taste for travel. Twelve months later she has sent us a blog about how she succeeded in ...

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Pet lover and Pet-sitter rescue pets in Spain

Meeting Pet-sitter Shirley enabled pet lover Ronna and her husband Brian to take a holiday for the first time in years! Homeowner and pet lover Ronna saves the lives of hundreds of abandoned pets. Once in a while she cannot resist adopting them. Consequently she has a home full of cats and dogs. Currently she has 10! From time to time ...

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Housesitters help keep pets safe at home & save money!

Housesitting reduces pet stress

People who have pets are often fearful leaving them to go on holiday or work trips.  I was after an unfortunate incident when my Spaniel lost his voice and nearly starved pining in a kennels. The idea of having Housesitters help care for pets in our home came later. We were much happier once we started asking for housesitters help ...

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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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