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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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Poland Affordable Travel

If you’re a keen traveler and always looking for new affordable travel experiences, housesitting or otherwise, blogs drawn from real life travel can become a great source of inspiration and timely information. At HouseSitMatch we are keen to share great travel finds with our network, and we were delighted when Celine our student intern returned from a two week trip ...

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

Language coach holds up language card for Westerners to read

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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Community-based Tourism and House-sitting

Tourism Concern, our new partner, who share similar values to us regarding sustainable, green and ethical travel, explain the advantages of community-based tourism and the benefits, through many examples of their work. We hope you enjoy this article especially written for us by Polly Pattullo. Tourism is no longer a dirty word in Mae Klang Luang, a small village in ...

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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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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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A Cat-sitting Tourist Sees London for Free!

Cat-sitting means I can travel for free A few years ago a friend who is a journalist asked me to stay in her flat for a week to look after things while she popped off to the Washington to report on a brewing political story. The one condition was I had to do a spot of cat-sitting. What it meant ...

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Now we are ‘HouseSitMatch house-sitting’

poolside scene in a Mediterranean villa housesitting

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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House-Sitting Australia – Travel Top Ten Tips

Travel Tips for house-sitting Australia If you’re not an Ozzie and you’re headed to Australia on your career break, you’re not alone! It’s one of the most popular destinations to travel to – partly due to it being easy to work there (thank you working holiday visa) and partly because of the sunshine! Here are our travel top ten tips ...

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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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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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An Age-Old Battle for Supremacy: Vegemite Versus Marmite

Milk the Cow St Kilda, Dining in St Kilda Melbourne, Melbourne Australia

No matter which way you are traversing the world, east to west or west to east, one thing that will always define your origins is your preference for Vegemite or Marmite. The British hold firm with their invention while us Australians fervently believe that our little Aussie battler is better. I have to say, even after 17 years of living ...

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