Housesitting in Southern France

TrustedHousesitters in France

Southern France…it just sings of romance and beauty. Rolling hills covered with small vineyards, private yachts and fabulous beaches hugging the Mediterranean coast, tiny villages with traditional stone architecture and colorful wooden shutters on every window. Southern France is dreamy even in reality. And that’s why I leapt at the opportunity for housesitting in Southern France last month.

visit Carcassonne

Castles, vineyards, quaint villages…southern France is a dream!

As I mentioned, we joined TrustedHousesitters for more options on cheaper travel. I like living like a local, which is why I love the expat life so much. I feel more involved in a new community than a regular tourist, yet everything is still so exciting and enchanting.

Short of moving to a new place regularly like we do, I think staying in a vacation rental is the best way to see a new place to understand the local area better. A hotel can look the same all over the world. But a vacation rental offers a glimpse into normal life there – the appliances used and the layout of rooms, the products purchased and the style of decor that’s preferred. Becoming a housesitter grants that same opportunity anywhere in the world, except you don’t need to pay for the vacation rental…you stay for free.

That’s right. For free. I stayed in a beautiful, custom-built home in southern France for a week at absolutely no charge. Traditional wooden shutters and fruit trees included, plus vineyard views from the living room. Amazing!

TrustedHousesitters in France

 

Well, my trip wasn’t entirely for free. I paid to rent a car so I could traipse around the countryside gawking at windmills and cruising through vineyards. And I paid to fly there from Edinburgh for less than $100 roundtrip (see why I LOVE travel in Europe?! It’s so cheap!). But I paid no hotel or AirBnB fees at all…which saved me probably around $800 for the 8 nights I spent there.

The best part about all this was getting to share that time with the five French cats. If you follow me on Instagram, you’re already acquainted with these gorgeous moggies. If not, search for #fivefrenchcats to see what we got up to during my week there.

cat sitting in France

Here’s a hint: With five cats around and my laptop out all day, we were bound to be best friends. Cats + laptops = eternal love.

 

If I’m honest, I absolutely succumbed to the cliche writer life: Live alone in a romantic setting in Southern France and type away at my laptop all night while surrounded by cats. So stereotypically perfect!

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A week of Housesitting in Southern France with TrustedHousesitters
I stayed in a beautiful home in Southern France for a week...for free! All because of housesitting (and cat-sitting!)

Disclosure: Links on this site may be affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you click and purchase anything. It adds no cost to you, but it helps me pay my bills. Apparently, you can’t trade coconuts or banter for electricity…it’s most unfortunate. For more details on how affiliate links work, click here.

Southern France…it just sings of romance and beauty. Rolling hills covered with small vineyards, private yachts and fabulous beaches hugging the Mediterranean coast, tiny villages with traditional stone architecture and colorful wooden shutters on every window. Southern France is dreamy even in reality. And that’s why I leapt at the opportunity for housesitting in Southern France last month.

visit Carcassonne

Castles, vineyards, quaint villages…southern France is a dream!

As I mentioned, we joined TrustedHousesitters for more options on cheaper travel. I like living like a local, which is why I love the expat life so much. I feel more involved in a new community than a regular tourist, yet everything is still so exciting and enchanting.

Short of moving to a new place regularly like we do, I think staying in a vacation rental is the best way to see a new place to understand the local area better. A hotel can look the same all over the world. But a vacation rental offers a glimpse into normal life there – the appliances used and the layout of rooms, the products purchased and the style of decor that’s preferred. Becoming a housesitter grants that same opportunity anywhere in the world, except you don’t need to pay for the vacation rental…you stay for free.

That’s right. For free. I stayed in a beautiful, custom-built home in southern France for a week at absolutely no charge. Traditional wooden shutters and fruit trees included, plus vineyard views from the living room. Amazing!

TrustedHousesitters in France

 

Well, my trip wasn’t entirely for free. I paid to rent a car so I could traipse around the countryside gawking at windmills and cruising through vineyards. And I paid to fly there from Edinburgh for less than $100 roundtrip (see why I LOVE travel in Europe?! It’s so cheap!). But I paid no hotel or AirBnB fees at all…which saved me probably around $800 for the 8 nights I spent there.

The best part about all this was getting to share that time with the five French cats. If you follow me on Instagram, you’re already acquainted with these gorgeous moggies. If not, search for #fivefrenchcats to see what we got up to during my week there.

cat sitting in France

Here’s a hint: With five cats around and my laptop out all day, we were bound to be best friends. Cats + laptops = eternal love.

 

If I’m honest, I absolutely succumbed to the cliche writer life: Live alone in a romantic setting in Southern France and type away at my laptop all night while surrounded by cats. So stereotypically perfect!

Join TrustedHousesitters to Travel and Stay for Free

Want to travel the same way I do? Click Join Now and check out the incredibly diverse opportunities that are available through TrustedHousesitters. I’m honestly just in love with this whole system and I’ve been telling everyone I know about it! Go ahead, see what countries and magical places you could visit, all while making a new furry friend (or five).




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A week of Housesitting in Southern France with TrustedHousesitters
I stayed in a beautiful home in Southern France for a week...for free! All because of housesitting (and cat-sitting!)

Disclosure: Links on this site may be affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you click and purchase anything. It adds no cost to you, but it helps me pay my bills. Apparently, you can’t trade coconuts or banter for electricity…it’s most unfortunate. For more details on how affiliate links work, click here.

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Amanda Walkins

Expat writer and passionate proponent of seeking happiness, wherever it leads you. Your options are endless. Whether you are retired, working, or studying, don’t be afraid to follow your own path. Do good and be happy.