Category Archives: "General"

travel hacks
3 Dec, 2019

Travel Hacks: See The World for 70% Less Than Staying at Home

We love to share the great travel tips we hear in our housesitting community. In this blog we share some extraordinary travel hacks from long term international travellers and housesitters Nat n Jodie.  Travel Hacks for Affordable Long Term Travel Every year, it seriously never ceases to amaze us, that even though we travel internationally […]

12 Nov, 2019

International Housesitting and Tourist Visas – By Gobsmacked at Gatwick (Prt 2)

Housesitters often ask us about the need for housesitting visas or tourist visas when committing to international housesit assignments. We explain that there are no such things as ‘housesitting visas’. Instead we say they must always check with their destination country visa office regarding their entry and requirements for tourist visas. There will always be […]

home renovation
8 Nov, 2019

Home renovation and installing cameras

Housesitting as a collaborative arrangement is based on trust, increasingly with home renovations and new constructions construction cameras and spy cameras are being introduced into a domestic environment. Housesitters and homeowners have varied feelings on the matter. We stand neutral as a housesitting platform, however, we understand the need for cameras in some instances, most […]

housesitting family
7 Nov, 2019

Housesitting Family – HouseSitChat Interview

Housesitting offers a range of fantastic opportunities for affordable travel and living like a local while you care for pets and property of your hosts. One housesitting family we’ve been following carefully for the five years they have been on the road kindly offered to talk to us in an interview. Tracey and Rob and […]

International housesitting
6 Nov, 2019

International Housesitting and Tourist Visas – By Gobsmacked at Gatwick (Prt 1)

We are often asked about international housesitting and the need for tourist visas as a housesitting network offering international housesits. As members will know we have always offered appropriate links to the latest in country visa requirements via our member pages. And while every case is individual, we would like to share the experience of […]

25 Oct, 2019

International housesitters NatnJodie talk pets and bucketlists

nternational housesitters NatnJodie have been travelling around the world by housesitting and petsitting since 2013. In a recent interview hosted on our weekly @Housesitmatch Twitter #HouseSitChat session, we asked them a series of questions about their love of petsitting, how they started travelling by housesitting, and how they support themselves as digital nomads by generating […]

Happy housesits
18 Oct, 2019

Happy Housesits in Europe with Michelle and Eddie

Now some of you might find the notion of housesitting a little unusual, having a stranger in your home to look after your property and pets your most precious possessions. However, Michelle the housesitter can go one better than that, she takes her dog Eddie with her wherever she goes! And yes, they’ve enjoyed many […]

hosuesitting conference
23 Sep, 2019

Housesitting Conference Photo Diary 21-22 September 2019

The first ever housesitting conference was held on 21-22 September 2019 in Swindon UK. The conference was founded and hosted by Vanessa Anderson (Housesitting Magazine) and Ian Usher ( A life Unlimited). HouseSitMatch were honoured to be sponsors of this inaugural event. We attended the full weekend programme. In addition, we were able to meet […]

family housesitting
3 Sep, 2019

Family housesitting in Spain – Top Tips

Family housesitting, for those unfamiliar with this lifestyle, may seem a challenge to negotiate in any season let alone at the height of the Summer season. Not so! We find that many homeowners are actually happy to welcome families. There are many advantages not least of which is the children’s adoration and care for the […]

smart homes and smart security
13 Jul, 2019

Smart Homes and Smart Security – Good for Business

Trends in Smart Homes and Smart Security in Business Technology has continued to advance apace, especially in the field of smart homes and smart security. More home are becoming ‘smart homes’ and security is often seen as more than just a burglar alarm and a housesitter, though the benefits of a human sitter caring for […]