Category Archives: "Top Tips – House-Sitters"

how to get started as a housesitter
27 Oct, 2022

How to get started as a housesitter – 11 Top Tips

Have you been considering housesitting as a way to travel and live affordably? Then read this blog. In this article experienced housesitter and petsitter Kelly Hayes-Raitt offers her experience and 11 top tips on how to get started as a housesitter. Read on to learn more. Top 11 Tips – How to get started as […]

how to travel on a budget
1 Oct, 2022

How to travel on a budget – A housesitter’s tips

If you love travel but fear the cost, read on. In this article we offer you a housesitter’s tips on how to travel on a budget, even in these straightened times. Here’s how to travel on a budget – Yes, still possible With the cost of living crisis and an economy in turmoil you might […]

London house sitting
12 Oct, 2021

London house sitting – London calling!

Many long term housesitters and petsitters will tell you they love either rural housesits or city housesits. London house sitting can have a remarkable draw for both types of housesitter. Housesitting in London offers a fantastic diversity of experiences, including and most importantly pet care, for animal lovers, and an exciting urban setting.  Read on […]

housesitting and brexit
12 Oct, 2019

Housesitting and Brexit – HouseSitChat

Occasionally, Lamia Walker our founder is asked to take part in an interview about how and why she founded HouseSitMatch.com and to explain ‘What is Housesitting’. Recently, Lamia was asked to take part in a Twitter Q&A which was a fun and rapid fire set of interactions. She talked about why she loves housesitting and Brexit, […]

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 […]

best value travel
25 Mar, 2019

Best value travel as a student

Travelling is an experience nobody wants to miss out on. As a student, travel is one of the best experiences in this phase of your life allowing you to indulge in new adventures, have different cultural encounters and learn new aspects of the ways of living. This all depends of course on how you research and make the most of the best value travel options when you make your journey.

housesitting trust
19 Feb, 2019

Housesitting trust and the kindness of strangers

What is housesitting trust and how does it vary from regular trust you have in other people? Making any kind of housesitting arrangement where you exchange services rather than money requires a degree of built-in trust. Homeowners inviting sitters into their home need to trust the housesitter. And the sitter requires a commitment to pay […]

housesitting Ile de France
14 Sep, 2016

Housesitting Ile de France and losing myself in the country

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 […]

29 Jul, 2016

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 […]


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