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Housesitting Ile de France and losing myself in the country

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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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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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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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Pet-sitting this Summer – careful in the heat!

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Pet-sitting this summer? Top Tips for Summer Pet-sitting Pet-sitting in the summer can be great fun, and a wonderful way to spend an active holiday. Those walks in the lovely Summer heat are all the more enjoyable with pets to play with, that’s one of the great benefits of pet-sitting. However the gorgeous weather can also be dangerous to pets, ...

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Not Getting the House Sits You Want? This Could be Why

Are you having trouble landing housesitting assignments?  Do you feel confused because homeowners reject your applications repeatedly? Even if you feel you’re doing everything right you could be overlooking something that is a deal breaker for homeowners, a bad online reputation. It’s human nature to want to find out as much information as possible before inviting a stranger to care ...

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House-sitting Guide from an Experienced Hand

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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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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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The bearable lightness of being stuff-free

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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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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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Housesitters and Expats – A language coach can optimise your travel!

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Language coach optimises travel – Listen up House-sitters and Ex-pats! When travelling abroad for extended periods, as in the case of house-sitters and ex-pats, a little language coaching can go a long way.  A language coach gives you the tools for practical everyday activities, and it liberates you in a foreign country, encouraging a sense of participation. Learning to engage ...

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TOP TIPS – Building the Homeowner & House-Sitter Relationship

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Never underestimate the importance of building a relationship as early as possible between house-sitter and homeowner, even before you speak to each other. One of the things you learn when you are house-sitting or indeed seeking and recruiting house minders to help you care for pets or property is the importance of building trust between each each other. For some ...

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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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Top Tips – A Homeowner’s Brief for a Pet-Sitter

Top Tips: From HouseSit Match homeowner Sarah on briefing a pet-sitter… Housesitting is a serious business. And when pets are involved the brief for the house-sitter becomes a vital part of the whole exercise. When choosing a house or pet minder it is really important to consider the level of experience you need in the sitter. In my case as ...

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Now we are ‘HouseSitMatch house-sitting’

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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 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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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

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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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The HouseSit Match Network is Growing – Jump On Board!

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Six months on from our launch HouseSit Match is thrilled that our network is growing steadily: we have over 600 likes on Facebook, on average 20 properties and more than 100 sitters with about 60 showing and available at any one time! We knew it was going to take time and effort for the word to spread and would really ...

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House-sitting tips – To prepare for the house-sitter

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Top 10 Homeowner house-siting tips If you are anything like me getting ready for a holiday is more about preparing the house for your absence rather than packing a holiday case not unlike cleaning before the cleaner comes! Moreover, preparing for a live-in house-sitter more especially a new resident house-sitter can be a little more complicated because you are preparing to ...

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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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The Difference between house-sitting and house swapping

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House-sitting and house swapping – what is the difference..? Whenever I talk about HouseSit Match, people seem to jump immediately to the conclusion that house-sitting and house swapping are the same things, which they are not  but you can make house-sitting work just like a house swap. How? Read on… House-sitting and house swapping – the difference A house swap is ...

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Need Some Travel Tips for the UK

Sicilian Avenue London

Need some travel tips for the UK? Top 5 UK Travel Destinations When travelling in the UK there are some attractions that everybody wants to see and so you do the postcard tour, which of-course can be great fun. However, it doesn’t take a great deal of effort in London to step off the beaten track for a peak at ...

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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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Pack Away While You Stay

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So you’ve found a nice little sitting job and you’ve moved yourself in. The homeowners have very kindly said it is OK for you to use certain household items and even cleared a space for your groceries in the pantry. All is fine and dandy until it comes time to move out. If like me, once you have seen or ...

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Police Clearance Could Give You the Edge Over Another Sitter

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Having police clearance could mean the difference of winning or losing a sit. It doesn’t cost that much and the value of this peace of mind far outweighs the cost. It is strongly advised to have current National Police Clearance documentation in Australia or a CRB check in the UK. Just think if you were going to have someone live ...

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Freedom of Choice: Some of the Many Reasons to House-Sit

housesit to save money

Simply put, a stint house-sitting gives you freedom: freedom to travel without the cost of obscenely expensive accommodation; freedom to live in different areas in your own city; freedom to experience what it is like having a pet, a pool or a garden to care for. Many people who started out house-sitting as a means to an end find they ...

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House-Sitting: Tips For Success

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It’s all common sense really but here are a few tips to help get the best of the house-sitting situation for both sitters and owners. It is useful to bear in mind that people have different expectations and standards so it is best to be clear as possible what yours are from the outset. Do unto others as you would ...

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