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Road tripping and house sitting in New Zealand

Cathedral Gully New Zealand

South Island glimpses and a house sit in the Marlborough SoundsNothing beats a good road trip right? And where better to hit the road than New Zealand. With scenery that never ceases to amaze, an endless array of natural beauty and the lure of seasonal year-round activities, it’s no wonder that New Zealand house and pet […]

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An adventure house sitting in Kenya

house sitting in kenya

Have you ever felt you are fumbling with money? I have over last few years, whilst taking up house sitting and trying to keep an income on the go. I chose to take one of my employment pensions – mostly because if I left it another 6 years, I wouldn’t really benefit to any great […]

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Tips for safe handovers – House sitting and coronavirus

House sitting during coronavirus pandemic

Table of Contents Impact of Covid-19 on house sittingMake informed decisions about travelWhat if you need to cancel a sit?For house sits still going aheadPreparation before the house sitFor home ownersFor house sittersKeeping safe during handoversCleaning guide for house sitsCleaning: Airbnb checklist:Cleaning supplies you might needConclusion Impact of Covid-19 on house sitting sector?As countries around […]

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5 things to consider when looking after senior dogs

pet sitting senior dogs

How to take care of an older dogYour pal has been there for you over the years, so when they get older, you’ll want to return the love. And, if you are a house and pet sitter, you may find yourself looking after an older pup, as people are less inclined to board their older […]

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The future of house sitting and travel

the future of house sitting

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have considered a number of reasons why your travel lifestyle might end quite abruptly, but I bet a world-wide pandamic wouldn’t have been the first to consider!  In just a blink of the eye, international travel changed, the world slowly closed down and globalization took a step backwards.  Travellers have had […]

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House sitters living through lockdown

house sitters living through lockdown

The month of April 2020 has been an unusual month as we’ve watched (and at times helped with), the unfolding crisis that beset our house sitting community across the globe. House sitting jobs and travel arrangements have been cancelled, all over the world.For now very few people are house sitting. Only a few stragglers are […]

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How to keep pets entertained during lockdown

how to keep pets entertained

With the spread of the current virus, many pet parents around the globe have found themselves overwhelmed by the lockdown restrictions. Although the rules of isolation vary from government to government, and country to country, many pet owners have been allowed only one walk with their pets during the day, which calls for some improvised home-based […]

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Surviving relationship meltdown during the pandemic

Surviving relationship meltdown in lockdown

“Many of you will fall asleep vowing that the very first thing you’ll do as soon as lockdown is over is file for divorce.” This was possibly the only line in the compelling article, written by Francesca Melandri on her experience during this COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, that made me smile. Not because divorce is anything to […]

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Today I saw butterflies…

House Sitting Coming to terms with change

Our daily exercise routine under lock-down version 1, involves a short four minute walk from our temporary home to the cliff tops overlooking the south Cornwall coast, with long walks along the coastal path. It was a very different outlook just a week ago.Before lock-downNot long before lock-down in the UK, we finished the last […]

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