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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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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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Traveling Australia: Melbourne, city of the senses

When Traveling Australia, Melbourne offers a fabulous first taste, in fact the entertainments and delights hit all the senses. The city boasts sophisticated skylines, lush botanical gardens, and a range of museums and galleries, with easy access to beaches and delectable restaurants. It is a thoroughly enjoyable distillation of the Australian experience.  Recently we were fortunate enough to win a holiday ...

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Traveling Australia for the first time!

Iconic view of Sydney Opera House and the Central Business District from the ferry in the harbour

Traveling Australia is a long term dream for many – we were lucky enough to win a business competition for HouseSitMatch recently which enabled us to do just that. Thanks to Kia Motors (UK) Ltd and the Guardian newspaper Small Business Network  my partner David and I were fortunate enough to win a prize in the name of our business HouseSitMatch to take ...

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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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How house-sitting enables my travel

Ugandan girl seated on the ground, in a striking blue wrap

“WINNER” of the 2015 ‘New Voices’ BLOG COMPETITION Ruth Johnson, Australian travel writer and full time housesitter travels around the world with her son Louis by housesitting, volunteering and finding new and exciting locations for travel journalism. They find that housesitting saves them money and enables them to keep traveling around the world. In this our choice for the 2015 ...

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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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Economics of Housesitting in the Ukraine

On accepting a Long term house-sitting assignment you need to consider your readiness to live in an unfamiliar environment and what the economics of the trip might mean to you. You know you will live rent free although you may be asked to pay for utilities. Think also of the basic food supplies you want to buy in order to ...

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How Housesitting helped us live a dream!

My family lives a different lifestyle; we don’t own a house or a car and have very little in the way of worldly possessions. We live with less so we can travel the world full time for as long as we want to. With the help of housesitting websites like HousesitMatch.com, that bring together housesitters like us with home owners ...

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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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House-Sitting Helps to Fund Our Global Travel

Global travel made possible by house-sitting – from Sydney Australia to London England Chris and I met in Victoria, British Columbia on the west coast of Canada in February 2012. He was on a three-month vacation and had just returned to B.C. from a trip to California. We were both temporarily staying with friends in Victoria B.C., which is 4000+ km from ...

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Long-term travel, made affordable

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Ideas for long term travel, and what to do to make it affordable… Long term travel gives opportunities to learn, explore, and broaden horizons. Here Rachel Morgan Trimmer Founder of the Career Break Site offers ideas on making long term travel affordable Long-term travel is a wonderful opportunity for those who can do it and those who can afford it. ...

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Travel tips Australia

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Travel tips Australia – Here are mine! UK and Australian HouseSit Match partners are passionate about travel so are very excited about how house-sitting can open up the world for those who want to explore its every corner. Whether you are a house-sitter or homeowner wandering as a tourist abroad here are some tips for Australia on their personal favourite ...

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