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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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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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Housesitting Home-maintenance – Expert Top Tips!

Pre or post housesitting home-maintenance is an area of work some of us delight in, and others among us will dread. Actually, I probably fall into the camp of any time of year home-maintenance phobic fear. A home with pets living indoors offers another challenge when you invite in the housesitters. We know the added fun of pets in the ...

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Housesit book review: ‘How to be Idle’ by Tom Hodgkinson

Housesit match book of the week how to be idle

A housesit assignment can inspire one to read voraciously. Recent graduate Nick became a housesitter after University, and that’s when among other books he read ‘How to be Idle’, while on the housesit assignment. In this book review, Nick shares his thoughts on the sentiment of Tom Hodgkinson the author on the art and state of being idle, and at ...

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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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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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Housesit Match has been a perfect fit for us

One of our Housesit Match homeowners very kindly sent us a blog describing how she believes our housesitting platform has been a good fit or ‘match’ for her and her husband and their pets. So as a way to share her Housesit story, and perhaps encourage other home and pet owners to step forward and ask us to help them, ...

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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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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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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 Pastime: The Top Five Guide

House-sitting a Pet Ferret

The Top Five Gide to House-Sitting Pastimes For many of us who house-sit, it can be something of a working holiday. A change of scene and location, a break from our standard routines, and the chance to live another life, somewhere else for a few days. But house-sitting can also be a slightly alien affair, as you have to live ...

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Pet-Sit Around the World for a Leisurely, Affordable Tour

From time to time we love to bring you our house-sitter ‘pet-sit’ stories, to find out how the sitters began their journey, what they particularly enjoy about house and pet-sitting. Laurie and Keith’s story is fascinating, as they have worked as full time professionals in America for many years. Then on retirement decided they wanted to remain active and to ...

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Early Bird Catches the House-Sit!

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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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Portable Careers & House-Sitting Webinar

Portable Careers & House-Sitting: How To Work While You Travel On Thursday 31st July we hosted our second webinar in the HSM Webinar series this time on the topic of Portable Careers and House-Sitting. Thomas Mason chaired the webinar. Together with our expert panel we discussed the many ways you can work while you travel, hence creating your own portable ...

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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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Professional Couple Swap Commute for House-sit

PROFESSIONAL COUPLE SWAP LONG COMMUTE FOR HOUSE-SITTING IN LONDON Alick and Sarah – A house-sit for homeowners turned Trusty House-Sitters Why a house-sit? 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 ...

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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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Long-term travel, made affordable

housesitting, affordable travel, housesitting in Australia

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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