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How Much Does it Cost for Eight Months of Travel Around the World?

      When I tell people Conrad and I traveled around the world for eight months, they invariably think we must have an overflowing bank account. But in reality, taking a trip of this magnitude is less expensive than you may think. In this post, I’ll list all the costs, along with the grand […]

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Stay Extra Days with Your Homeowners and Make Lifelong Friends

October, 2016, I rang the doorbell on a charming Galmpton Village home, high on a hill overlooking lush horse fields in southern England. Pretty terra cotta pots brimming with flowers and vines perched on every surface, creating a fragrant obstacle course to the front door. I marveled at how we came to be here. Two […]

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Bicycling Scandinavia: Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen

Comparing Three Cities and Their Biking Culture While Walking Denmark in 2010, I witnessed more bicyclists than I had ever seen on the network of ample, hedge-rowed manicured paths. The Scandinavian bicycling philosophy became clear to me. It’s serious business. More accurately, bicycling is an entire way of life in Denmark.   At the top […]

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Don’t Call it a Vacation: This is Living on the Road

This year Conrad and I are traveling for eight months. Two years ago we spent two months in Spain, and in 2010, we set out on an adventure that lasted three years. I travel with intention that is often misunderstood. What I do is not a vacation. Seeing new lands and experiencing cultural differences pulls […]

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Has House Sitting Changed?

  In 2009, wide-eyed and anxious, Conrad and I won our first house sitting assignment. “We’re going to Denmark!” I said. And during the first two weeks we were there, eating meals in the lush backyard garden, we kept gleefully stating, “We’re in Denmark!” We’re pretty simple people. Not rich. Not prone to staying up […]

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House Sitting Sites Evolved: A Review of Nomador.com

It has been six years since Conrad and I joyfully applied for our first house sitting assignment online. Back then in 2009, housecarers.com was the oldest and largest platform for matching up house sitters to homeowners. Ian White of housecarers.com launched his innovative site in October 2000 and is still going strong. The format Ian […]

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Full-Time Travel: How is it Financially Possible?

In the three years I’ve been writing this blog there has been huge growth in numbers of full-time travelers – and those who dream of full-time travel. The dreamers gain inspiration from the many gorgeous websites and talented bloggers who show us what a life-changing experience full-time travel really is. So the question shows up […]

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Language Schools: Surprising Travel Resource and Memory-Maker

  In order to travel deeper, to get more out of the experience, I have to dig. It means seeking. It means connecting. And when I find myself in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language, my lack of skills automatically means my relationship with locals is curtailed. That bugs me. Behind the […]

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Modern-Day Lewis and Clark Unconventional Guide

    She’s done it again. Nora Dunn, aka The Professional Hobo has written another fact-filled, value-filled book. She knows what she’s talking about. Dunn used to be a financial adviser, so on her website you’ll find her paying it forward with responsible advice for folks who want to keep on traveling indefinitely. The new […]

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New Trend in House Sitting: The Ultra-Short Assignment

I admit it. I read all the house sitting assignments that come through my email each day. It’s an obsession. Six years ago, when Conrad and I first found out about house sitting, I remember clamoring to get my hands on a computer, so I could look up house sitting match-up sites. As soon as […]

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Free Airfare 101

Conrad and I just got back from Spain, and earlier this year we flew to Los Angeles and San Francisco. And we have enough miles leftover for us to fly to Europe again. We paid nothing for airfare. But I get ahead of myself. Here’s how it started: In the mid-1980s when my kids were […]

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What is Your House Sitting Quotient? Take this Questionnaire

There’s no doubt about it — house sitting is a fabulous way to see the world on the cheap. You incur no cost for lodging while spending weeks or months at a time in the country of your dreams. You delve into the local culture, make friends with locals, learn a new language and expand […]

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Close to Home: Surprisingly Rewarding for House Sitting

Most of the time, house sitting and travel to far-off lands go hand-in-hand. After all, house sitting means you can travel farther and longer – I preach it constantly. But it’s not the only way to reap the benefits of house sitting. There is another way to approach the whole philosophy of free lodging. Why […]

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Don’t Ignore This One Action if You Want to House Sit

It’s unanimous. Every house sitter agrees. There is one vital action you must take when applying for house sitting assignments. So if you slack on having the greatest profile photo, or in getting that third letter of recommendation, okay, but you can’t ignore this one action. Without it, you will not be house sitting. Here […]

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One Guaranteed Tip to Win the House Sitting Assignments You Want

My goal here at HouseSittingTravel.com is empowering people to succeed at house sitting. To that end, I have written blogs about aspects of the whole process, such as creating a really fantastic profile and understanding the language of house sitting. What I want to talk about this time is the one sure-fire way to catch […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — May 2013

  Brand new Norwegian Air Shuttle, (NAS), just purchased 222 jets for an estimated 10 billion bucks. The new fuel-efficient planes allow NAS to compete with the more established Ryan Air and easyJet. Next time you’re searching for a cheap flight in Scandinavia, Europe or Asia, see what NAS has to offer. I know I […]

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Should You Apply to More Than One House Sitting Assignment at a Time?

Maybe you’ve been house sitting for a while or just venturing into these waters. Either way, knowing how to navigate through the process can help immensely in your overall success. I do want you to know up front that the process of seeking out and finding the right house sitting assignment can take several months. […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — March 2013

1. Whole Foods Markets launched a new travel company Whole Journeys this year. Next month marks their inaugural trip to Turkey. Eleven more tours are planned including an epicurean biking trip through Italy and a hiking trip on a caravan road in China where horses used to carry teas. Prices range from $2,800 to $4,500 […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits from Around the World — February 2013

 and its ascendance in hipdom continues with the renovation of the Karakoy district, formerly an industrial seaside district where workers went only for electrical supplies or a visit with prostitutes. In 2010, two restaurants opened — Lokanta Maya and Bej — opening the floodgates for artistic types to flourish with stylish hole-in-the-wall boutiques and coffee […]

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Trusted Housesitters Survey Results & House Sitting Tips

  TrustedHousesitters.com Survey Results & House Sitting Tips Earlier this year, house sitting website TrustedHousesitters.com surveyed its ever-growing base of members, both house sitters and homeowners. The statistics that have come back and the feedback from both home owners and house sitters has been very interesting and the good news is there’s some clear pointers […]

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Integrity and House Sitting

There is a disturbing trend in house sitting lately. House sitters are reneging on their commitment to take an assignment. How is that happening? Here’s the scenario: A house sitter accepts a house sitting assignment, but then they find a “better” assignment, reneging on their commitment to the first homeowner. The house sitter leaves the […]

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8 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — January 2013

1. Upon disembarking your plane, wouldn’t you love to eliminate the shoving, pushing and general cattle round-up at the baggage carousel? Now you can. For 30 bucks and up, United Airlines will deliver your luggage to your home, hotel, office or other final destination. Not all cities on board with the optional service, however. But […]

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The Language of House Sitting – What does “Variable Dates” mean?

So you’re interested in house sitting and you spend some time looking through the posts for house sits — like the one above. Most of them have dates that tell you when the assignment starts and ends, May 15th to July 20th, for instance. But then you see some that don’t have a start and […]

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6 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — December 2012

 

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When choosing where to house sit, should you try a remote location?

If you’re anything like me, you drool over the posted house sitting assignments on match-up websites like HouseCarers.com. The places! The photos! Wouldn’t you love staying in a romantic and charming French country estate or a rugged Australian outback boutique farm complete with small herd of cattle? Or a thatched-roof hut in Fiji? What would […]

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Create a Successful Profile to Win the Best House Sitting Assignments

To become a house sitter, here is the short list of how to begin: Number 2 on that list is to post your profile. It’s one of the first things you do on the road to becoming a house sitter, and in my opinion, one of the most important. It’s the first impression of you. […]

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Set Your Criteria Before Searching For a House Sitting Assignment

If you’re on the hunt for house sitting assignments out there in the world, then you know they vary wildly. Where should you begin? With a tiny apartment in London, a farm in the Australian Outback, or a stone house overlooking the hills of Tuscany? What are the differences and what will work for you? […]

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The Pros and Cons of House Sitting

I firmly believe that everything in life is a trade-off. Here’s my take on the Pros and Cons of house sitting:   It’s true that house sitting is a responsibility to watch over someone else’s home. There’s no daily maid to make your bed with newly starched sheets. No one to cook your meals. And […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — November 2012

 will be able to use it to visit Turkey. Starting January 1st, 2013, Holders of the Global Pass and Select Pass can get to Turkey via Bulgaria on Turkey’s state railway T.C.D.D. offered by The Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France upon your arrival. The hotel, actually in the Caribbean and on a tiny island […]

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Starting a Freelance Writing Career? Here Are My First Three Years

In 2010, I retired from my career as a shop-at-home window treatment saleslady. Yes, I was that person that arrives at your home with the van-full of samples for blinds and drapery. I was good at it and now often miss seeing the fabulous homes. Here are some photos from my portfolio.       […]

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