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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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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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A housesitting lifestyle for a ‘boomerang generation’

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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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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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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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Blog Competition – HouseSit Match

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Enter our New HouseSit Match Blog Competition! We love hearing stories of how house-sitting has enabled your green or sustainable travel. Enter our Blog Competition and send us your story in a WORD Document with at least 2 relevant photos. The photos for your Blog Competition entry can be of the pets your cared for, the property or garden or ...

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House-sitting Enables our Travel Lifestyle – Here’s how

Our Son Makai house-sitting and walking a bundle of dogs!

House-sitting House-sitters travel the world When we left home in April 2014 to travel we never imagined we would be able to visit the number of countries we have our first year on the road! We embarked on a perpetual travel adventure with a years salary in the bank and, and due to our modest budget a very short list ...

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House-sitting Intern Discovers Affordable Travel

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House-sitting as a means of Affordable Travel I have travelled the world as a student, camping, back-packing and youth hosteling, latterly discovering house-sitting as a green and affordable way to travel.Then in my final year at Uni I joined HouseSitMatch.com a new ‘start-up’ as their first intern, and that’s when I really began to discover ‘house-sitting’ – an incredibly under-rated ...

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House-Sitting and Sustainable Travel

What is Sustainable Travel? Is house-sitting sustainable or green travel? Sustainable and responsible tourism is a phrase that has become very popular in the past few years. But why has it become such a big issue? And how is house-sitting related? It’s estimated that 7 out of 10 people in the UK take a short break or holiday each year, ...

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Sam and Pete need long-term house-sitters – But why..?

Need long term pet-sitters because you are travelling away from home or because you are volunteering abroad? Why not find registered and trustworthy house and pet-sitters to live in your home and care for your pets in your absence? Long-term house-sitters are needed for a volunteering couple – Sam and Pete From time to time we are asked by people ...

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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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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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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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