Category Archives: "Top Tips – House-Sitters"

House-sitting in Paris
6 May, 2019

Top Tips for House-Sitting in Paris

An opportunity came up for house-sitting in Paris, so I dug up one of my favourite books. 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 […]

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.

poolside scene in a Mediterranean villa housesitting
6 Mar, 2019

Now we are ‘HouseSitMatch house-sitting’

If you have considered trying housesitting either as a housesitter or a homeowner try HouseSitMatch house-sitting. You wont regret it! We check everyone for safety, we can help you to optimise your profile and sometimes, if you ask nicely we even help you to learn how to use the site. Check out our house sitting […]

handshake representing a housesitting agreement as in the House-sitting Guide
26 Feb, 2019

House-sitting Guide from an Experienced Hand

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

pet-sitting
23 Mar, 2016

Pet-sitting this Summer – careful in the heat!

If you are planning to become a pet sitter and have made plans to start this Summer, read this blog. Petsitting this Summer will have many advantages and challenges. Remember you are caring for someone’s beloved pet and the Summer brings danger as well as pleasure.  Read on to learn more. Pet-sitting this Summer? Top […]

26 Feb, 2016

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 […]

Two suitcases containing all portable possessions of a housesitter
23 Dec, 2015

The bearable lightness of being stuff-free

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 […]

Making friends in a coffee shop in Kiev
13 Dec, 2015

Making friends while housesitting

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 […]