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Everything You Need to Know About House Sitting Delivered in a Summit over the Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

    Get your free ticket here   House sitting is my thing. And I want it to be a thing for many more people. I’m a house sitting crusader! What I have experienced through this low-cost way to travel the world is more than I ever dreamed. Conrad and I have saved tens of […]

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Traditional London

  How does one describe a city as diverse as London? Pulling from my Interior Designer Days, I describe design in three main categories: traditional, classic, or contemporary. Touring London had “traditional” coming to mind at every turn. Traditional, according to Oxford dictionary, “long-established, handed-down, habitually done.” That’s London through and through. Here are 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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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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Momos, Death Avenue, and the New Whitney

You’d think that having spent part of my growing up years on Long Island, living in Manhattan during my wild and crazy 20s, and taken dozens of trips to the city for business and pleasure, that I would know every neighborhood, sight, and attraction. But New York City has evolved – from the 1960s hopeful […]

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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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Cordoba: Where Muslims, Jews, and Christians Once Thrived Together

    On a recent 2-month trip around Spain, I had the great pleasure of staying 4 nights in Cordoba. And even though its tight neighborhoods had me longing for wide open spaces, the whole experience gave me the big-world view of how Spain became Spain. Here’s what I found out: Over the course of […]

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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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Home Exchange vs. House Sitting: Which is Right for You?

House sitting is my passion and I enthusiastically embrace the role as its champion. There’s simply no better way to travel and truly learn about the world. House sitting suits each party – homeowners gain peace of mind knowing their home and pets are looked after and travelers have a free place to stay. We’re […]

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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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The Felines of Ephesus

Tiger-striped and thick-furred, a friendly cat pushed her cheek against my tentative hand before lithely flipping on her back, inviting me to a tummy rub. Taking her up on the invitation, my fingers gave a hearty scratch but I could feel thick oily dirt coating my fingertips, so I withdrew my hand with thoughts of […]

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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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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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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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Five Off-the-Beaten Track Must-Sees for the New Year

Planet Earth holds wonders plentiful and marvelous. No one could ever experience them all but I offer up five places that slide under the mass-media radar. They are nevertheless priceless nuggets that offer design, history, sunshine, iconography, and whimsy. Enjoy!   If you need design stimulation of the first degree, get thee to the streets […]

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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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New Year’s Eve in Baltimore, U.S.A. — A Photo Essay

Conrad’s and my house sitting gig is coming to a close soon here in Baltimore, Maryland in the good ole U.S of A. And since I have also recently been trying to improve my photography skills, (there’s so much great competition out there and I have much work to do to merely keep up with […]

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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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A Behind the Scenes Look at HouseCarers

            In 2000, Australian Ian White was an aspiring IT worker in what he thought was a secure position. One day a coworker came to him with a personal issue that would soon prove prophetic in Ian’s life. The coworker told Ian about a failed attempt to land a house […]

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Should You Pay for Utilities While House Sitting?

who had purchased THE HOUSE SITTING BOOK from me. (“A wonderful book,” he said. Thanks John!) (Editor’s note: The book is no longer available.) After reading the book, he went through all the correct procedures to land a gig. He lost his desired house sitting assignment over failed negotiations about payment of the home’s utilities […]

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