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The challenges of downsizing to travel

downsizing to travel

The point of no returnIt had been one hell of a dark, wet and dreary day back in the winter of 2012. We’d both had to contend with long traffic queues on several of northwest England’s motorways during our daily commute to and from work. And we were truly glad to get home. Once the door […]

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A guide to feeding dogs with sensitive stomachs

Feeding pets with sensitive stomachs

​​There aren’t many things worse than seeing animals in distress, knowing that they can’t tell you what’s wrong. It’s especially stressful when it’s a dog that you’ve been tasked to take care of while their owner is away. In that scenario, it can be difficult to figure out what the issue is because you’re not […]

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TrustedHousesitters review and how to use the website

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TrustedHousesitters Review (Desktop Version)This is the second in a series of in-depth house sitting website reviews that cover the user experience, and highlight the pros, cons and usability of each site. We also explain how to join TrustedHousesitters and benefit from our year round, special TrustedHousesitters 25% discount​ TrustedHousesitters (THS) is an international house sitting website servicing […]

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Buying your first campervan or motorhome

buying your first campervan

Are you thinking about van-life as an option for travel?Choosing the right campervan or motorhome to suit your needs can be daunting, and at times overwhelming. Knowing where to look, what to consider and how to choose the right unit for your needs can be tricky. But it doesn’t have to be. Digital nomad, Kelly, one […]

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Over 55? Traveling Solo? Love Animals?

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When I headed off around the world as a solo female traveler almost 25 years ago, it was considered a brave (some would say foolhardy) thing to do. But, I was at that point in my life where I needed the challenge of discovery, both of the world and myself. And it was amazing – […]

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Aussie House Sitters Review

AussieHouseSitters Website

This is the first in a series of in-depth house sitting website reviews that cover the user experience, and highlight the pros, cons and usability of each site.Aussie House Sitters are part of a group of country-based house sit platforms.  The Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and UK sites all work on the same platform layout which […]

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Mix It Up: Van Life and House Sits

van life and house sits

Creating your perfect travel lifestyle can take on so many different guises these days, but you really don’t have to limit yourself to one option. We look at how you can mix it up a little with van life and house sits – alternating between road-tripping and the stability of a house sitting home for […]

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Looking after Boxer Dogs

While house sitting in Granada, Nicaragua, we looked after Tabitha (Tabby), a young exuberant Boxer dog. When we applied for this house sit, the home owners had some concerns that anyone would be able to deal with her young and developing “alpha” character. For this reason we were asked to arrive earlier than normal to […]

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