House sitting travel allowed world traveller and blogger Paige Copeland to explore Budapest. Read on to learn about her housesitting adventures in Budapest.
House Sitting Travel Opened Up Budapest!
By Paige Copeland
Thanks to house sitting travel, I recently returned from a house sit in Budapest. The house was absolutely beautiful a real luxury housesit.
The petowners gave me full use of a BMW automatic smart car too, and my morning drive took me along the river where I had a full view of the parliament building! The family was extremely kind and welcoming.
It was an excellent experience in solo travel by housesitting.
The home was 20 minutes outside the city centre. During my week in Budapest house sitting, I visited the city almost daily, taking in the parliament building, central market, Gellért thermal baths, and a quite a few more landmarks.
House Sitting Travel Lets Me “Live Like a Local”
One of the biggest benefits of house sitting travel is the opportunity to live like a local and explore the surrounding area at your own pace. Housesitting enables affordable travel options in your own country and around the world.
You can visit local attractions, try out new restaurants, and experience the culture more deeply. During my stay in Budapest, I visited local shops to buy my groceries and experienced local markets with fresh flowers.
Another major benefit of house sitting travel is the cost savings. This is especially true if you want house sitting international assignments. When you’re house sitting, you’re not paying for expensive hotel rooms or resort fees. This can save a significant amount of money, especially if you’re planning an extended trip.
The family I was house sitting for kindly gifted me wine and some local currency for the bus before they departed. Although this is not standard practice, it was a very kind gesture and made me feel appreciated. They also collected me from the airport and dropped me off for my flight home — another cost saving.
“Home Away from Home”
House sitting travel provides a stay in a comfortable “home away from home.” You’ll have access to all the amenities of a typical home, including a kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities. This means that you can cook your own meals, do your laundry, and relax in a comfortable environment after a long day of exploring.
I visited Budapest in the winter and absolutely loved the log fire in the living room after being out in the cold all day sight-seeing. I’m a huge tea lover, so I loved constant access to the kitchen.
You may wonder how to find house sitting opportunities of your own. The first step is to sign up on a house sitting website. I particularly enjoyed the one-on-one help from HouseSitMatch who facilitated communication between the homeowners and me before I accepted the sit.
If you’re new to house sitting, be sure to communicate clearly with the homeowner before and during your stay. This includes discussing expectations and responsibilities, such as caring for pets or watering plants. I had a zoom call with the family so I could ask questions and go through all of my responsibilities.
Housesitting Travel Comes with Adorable Pets
It’s important to note that house sitting travel is not for everyone. It requires a certain level of responsibility, as you will be taking care of someone else’s home and beloved pets. You should make sure that you are comfortable with the duties and expectations before committing to a house sitting opportunity. For example, during my week in Budapest, I took care of 2 dogs, 1 of which was a puppy.
Therefore, I did not experience the nightlife in Budapest, which suited me perfectly. I am happy to be a solo housesitter and petsitter and to stay home in the evenings.
Another important consideration is the location. While house sitting travel can take you to many different parts of the world, it’s important to choose a location that you are interested in exploring and that fits your travel plans. The house sit in Budapest was only a 20-minute bus ride to the centre, which was exactly where I wanted to explore, so it was perfect for me.
Budapest Travel Tip
You have to buy your bus/tram/train tickets at the main station and one ticket is for the whole line (no mater how many stops you need).
House sitting travel is a unique and exciting way to explore the world. If you’re looking for a new adventure, consider joining a house sitting website like HouseSitMatch and start browsing for opportunities. With clear communication and respect for the homeowner’s property, you can have a successful house sitting experience and make memories that will last a lifetime. Your next adventure awaits!
Paige Copeland is a travel blogger who is solo travelling around the world. “I’m keen to explore and experience travel in many different ways,” she says. “Travel comes to us in all different shapes and sizes, yet unites us as one.” Connect with her at www.PaigeCopeland.com
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