Category: Housesitting

House Sitting and Visiting Portsmouth England

Date Posted: September 1, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

visiting Portsmouth England for house sitting - header image Amanda Walkins

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House sitting and visiting Portsmouth sounded like an easy trip to take from Scotland for a little summer break. I always keep my eye out for fun house sitting adventures to take (can’t help it!). So, off I went to cuddle cats and stay by the sea for a week in August…

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Winter Travel in Southern France

Date Posted: August 29, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

Travel to Southern France in winter

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My very first housesitting assignment with TrustedHousesitters was in picturesque Southern France. Winter travel in Southern France is a popular option from the UK and elsewhere in Northern Europe. The region boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year…including during the otherwise dark and cold dreary days we experience farther north.

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11 Lessons Learned House Sitting with TrustedHousesitters

Date Posted: August 27, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting

lessons learned house sitting with TrustedHousesitters and taking care of pets like this pretty cat

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We’ve been members of TrustedHousesitters since 2016. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little obsessed with them and with this whole way of life. I love the exchange and the sharing economy; if I could simply barter my way through life, I’d do it in a heartbeat! So it’s no wonder that I love doing this. In case you’re considering it, too, here are my lessons learned from house sitting with TrustedHousesitters…so far.

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Global House and Pet Sitting Conference

Date Posted: June 24, 2019
Posted in: Freelance Writing, Housesitting

happy dog ready to go to the House & Pet Sitting Conference in the UK

“What is a house and pet sitting conference? Do you just share photos of dogs and cats all day?” That’s the legitimate question sequence I got from a friend when I mentioned my upcoming travel plans.

My response? “OMG I hope so!!”

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Longterm Housesitting in Spain: Our 3 Months in Asturias

Date Posted: March 19, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting

Mountains and trees of Asturias Spain. All about house and pet sitting in Asturias Spain from expat writer Amanda Walkins

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After our experiences housesitting in Edinburgh and then bouncing around housesitting in London for the whole summer, it was time for longterm housesitting in Spain for friends of ours. While we normally use TrustedHousesitters to find house and pet sits in various countries, this particular sit was not through the website.

*A warning before we continue: I just really want to share a lot of photos from these 3 months, so brace yourselves…animal + farm photos are coming.*

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Housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters

Date Posted: March 12, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

Housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters

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We spent last summer housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters, which is the only housesitting and petsitting website we currently use. While some of our international sits are for friends or family, the vast majority are found through TrustedHousesitters.

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Housesitting in Edinburgh with TrustedHousesitters

Date Posted: January 17, 2019
Posted in: Expat Life, Housesitting

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We’ve been housesitting with TrustedHousesitters for more than two years now and we continue to love our experiences, so I wanted to share more in-depth here. Housesitting in Edinburgh has offered us interesting and varied experiences between having our own apartments in the area. We have stayed by the sea and in city center. We have also stayed outside the city, including on the estate of a 15th-century castle!

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2018: The Year of Success

Date Posted: December 29, 2018
Posted in: Expat Life, Freelance Writing, Housesitting, Personal

2018 year in review expat blogger amanda walkins

Success is an interesting term for a year in which I blogged here precisely three times (this one included). By those numbers, this was not at all a successful year! But by many other standards, 2018 was a year of success for me both personally and professionally.

Success is an interesting term for a year in which I blogged here precisely three times (this one included). By those nu...

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