My Morning Routine – That’s How I Kick Off a Successful Day!

My Morning Routine – That’s How I Kick Off a Successful Day!

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Morning routine? Nothing easier than that… The sun shines through the window and you wake up with a huge smile on your lips as well as a lot of energy and hunger for a new day. You wake up  and want to immediately start with your morning routine! Without exception, this is what happens every morning, right?

Are you reading the sentence again? Of course, almost nobody wakes up every morning with good weather and in the best of moods. Probably only a tiny fraction of the population. I will tell you in this post how you can still have a successful start in the day by having a morning routine that you are looking forward to!

First of all, I would like to point out that you should choose the elements of your morning routine yourself. You are welcome to take over everything or parts of my morning routine if you really like them. But you should create it in such a way that you have fun doing it every morning. In case you have to convince yourself every single morning over and over again to do it, the risk is high that you often stop in the middle – and in the worst case, leave it sooner or later.

So rule #1 is: OWN YOUR ROUTINE!

I’ve been adjusting my morning routine over time, and I’m likely to keep adjusting it. That may be because I hear from friends or acquaintances something that I like. Just yesterday, for example, I read an article in which the lady describes her routine of escorting her cell phone out of the bedroom in the evening, where she does not touch it until the next morning. So she creates a completely cell-free space. One of the main reasons is that, for her, the cell phone is connected to work – as well as for me, and maybe for you too. In bed, we want to sleep, let our bodies rest, disconnect. Therefore, I find this routine quite useful! I do not know if I can use it, as I rarely live in a place with two rooms. Maybe when I do house sitting

So rule #2 is: SEARCH FOR THINGS THAT MAKE SENSE IN YOUR LIFE!

But of course: To find out what really suits you, it’s logical to try different routines first. Therefore, I would like to introduce you to my morning routine.

 

My Morning Routine

The routine itself consists of three parts, which I usually do in the order I call them here. However, this is nothing set and sometimes I change it according to where I am and what my plans are. In addition, I have to admit that I normally don’t do it directly after getting up and sometimes I also don’t do the three parts in a row but between working sessions. This is because I often wake up with a lot of emails, private messages, and comments in my social media and feel better once I’ve checked my inbox and answered the most important things. Every life hacker says that this is completely wrong and you can do anything, just don’t take your phone first thing in the morning. I tried it… I can not do it. I definitely want to work on it, but right now I just accept that I’m calmer when I know that I definitely have not to do any troubleshooting with a collaboration partner or client.

 

Gratitude Journal

First of all, I start the day with some positive thoughts. What am I grateful for? It can be general things like “I’m thankful that the sun has been shining for three days!”, Or something profound “I am grateful that I was born in Germany and thereby enjoy many privileges like the German passport!”, Or Recent events such as “I am grateful that I met XYZ!”. I have a pocket diary with about 10 lines a day, which I fill up every morning. I know of others writing a certain number of sentences per day, but I just use the space that I have on that day. There is still room for notes after Sunday, so sometimes I write something more. That depends entirely on my inspiration on this day. The great thing for me is that the calendar fits into any purse and I can therefore always have it with me. So I’ve done this in all sorts of places, including trains and airplanes.

 

Priming

Then I do an exercise that takes about 15 minutes, which Tony Robbins* (just click if you want to know more about him and his events) calls Priming. He showed this exercise at Unleash the Power Within and since then it’s part of my routine.

Priming consists of the following parts:

#1 Breathing: First you do a breathing exercise in combination with an arm movement. So you kick off the blood circulation and flood your brain with oxygen. Before you move on to the second part, put your hand on your heart and feel its power.

#2 Gratitude: Then you visualize three moments of your life for which you are grateful. This is a much more intense experience than the Gratitude Journal and not comparable with the first part of my morning routine at all. At the same time, I usually think of small situations, which then led to something big and important to me. For example, the moment a friend suggested me to launch a blog and call it Barbaralicious. Or when my best nomad friend Alex convinced me to go to a salsa party in Chiang Mai… that was where I “met” my biggest love: Kizomba! Or how, in preparation for my trip around the world, a friend mentioned a travel blog called Travelicia – the owner, Feli, is also the founder of the event DNX – the digital nomad conference. That’s how I learned about the digital nomad lifestyle.

#3 Healing & Sharing: That sounds pretty spiritual… but it is nothing more than a meditation technique. Tony describes here how you should visualize a colored light that flows through your body while healing you – your emotions, your body or your thoughts. Then you send this “energy” and this healing light to all the people you want to send something positive to heal them as well.

#4 Success: Last but not least, you visualize three moments of success. Imagine, you live these moments. You feel them. You hear them. You smell them. So let’s say it’s your desire to build a house. Then you visualize the moment in which you are standing in front of it and finally can move in. You visualize how you open the door and enter the rooms. You visualize what you see when you look out of the window. And so on.

 

Workout

Finally, I do a workout. I use an app called 7 minutes. Since I’ve been using it for many years, I’ve got many different kinds of training (like upper body, stretching, push-ups, abs, etc.) unlocked. In the beginning, you have only one, I think (full-body workout). For every two months that you stick to it, you get a new workout.

Before I start the workout though, I draw a card from a stack of cards with positive words. They are a bit similar to these: Positive Affirmations Cards*. But mine are made by a friend and she gave me a stack. The positive words are in five languages (German, English, Spanish, Italian and French) and there is a pretty mandala. For example, this week I had humor, goodness, and respect. Then I put the card next to my cell phone that I use to run the app and during the workout, I think about this word. It can be quite abstract, like the meaning of the word for me, or more specifically about the moments in my life when I experienced the feeling. For less creative days and to be inspired, you can check the small accompanying paper with a sentence to every word.

 

Your morning routine may look similar or different. It can consist of simple things, such as drinking a glass of water, taking a shower and having breakfast after waking up. For me, my routine works well and gives me the energy to start the day successfully!

PS: Title photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash!

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8 Tips for Getting Your First House Sit

8 Tips for Getting Your First House Sit

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HAVE YOU BEEN THINKING OR EVEN TRYING TO GET YOUR FIRST HOUSE SIT BUT DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR PROFILE? THEN THIS POST WITH MY 8 BEST TIPPS IS FOR YOU!

Tip #1: Your Profile

Slip into the house owner’s shoes for a second! They leave their home and their beloved pets to a complete stranger. The least we can do as house sitters is giving them the best possible impression of us. So fill out your profile in detail and give them a good overview of who you are.

Tip #2: Your Photos

Use photos where your face is visible, where you’re smiling and looking nice. A bonus is if you add photos of you playing and cuddling with animals. Show the householders that you love pets.

 

Tip #3: Security Check

There are different security check levels you can go through that increase your trust base. The basic check includes a verification of your e-mail address, telephone number, and ID. In addition, you can have reviews written by acquaintances. These are of course not as important as “real” reviews (made by people who use the platform), but for the beginning that’s better than nothing. The last stage is a criminal check. It’s 65 pounds extra, so I haven’t done it so far.

Tip #4: Your Own Page

It is best to create a very own site for you as a house sitter. Either you create a landing page, if you can, or simply an own Facebook page. This has several advantages:

  1. You can upload more photos, videos, and texts about you.
  2. You can collect reviews from different platforms and also from outside all platforms. So, for example, if someone privately asks you to take care of their animals, you normally have no way to get a review. With a page of its own, you do.
  3. Basically, if you have a site you can take the house owners with you during your house sit. Post Selfies of you with their pet or share other information that might be relevant. When you apply for a new house sit, the new house owners will see what you have done in the past to give the house owners and animals a good feeling.

Tip #5: Be Quick

Especially with house sits in “cool places” it is important that you are among the first ones to apply. Because the number of applications can go up quickly. For Bali or islands in Thailand like Phuket, I have often seen that over 50 house sitters have applied. Being the first one can make the difference.

Tip #6: Skype-Call

It is best to offer a Skype call in the very beginning. Some will accept it, others will be able to see your photos. Everyone is different. But the fact that they have the opportunity to communicate with you more directly will show them that you are serious about it.

Tip #7: Names and Breeds

When applying for a house sit mention the name of the animal. If possible, you should also talk about the breed. This is how you show that you’ve read the listing and selected the sit because it suits you and not because of the place.

Tip #8: Quality

Be a good house sitter! Do as if this was your own home. Give the house owners an update every now and then, even if they do not ask for it. They will be happy to know that their best friend is doing well. If they are really happy with you, the review will be much better. And this has a positive effect on future applications.

I hope you will have a blast on your first house sit! I’m looking forward to reading your experiences with house sitting in the comments!

Yours Barbara

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THE OTHER SIDE: GETTING A PET SITTER

The Other Side of House Sitting – Getting A Pet Sitter

The Other Side of House Sitting – Getting A Pet Sitter

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GUEST POST ABOUT GETTING A PET SITTER BY TAISS NOWROUZI

Why We Decided To Get A Pet Sitter

We had never really put much thought into hiring a pet sitter or looking for one on an online platform. I think we just always assumed that, if we were ever in need, we could just count on our friends or family to take care of our cat. Prior to leaving our 9 to jobs and taking on the location independent lifestyle, we only traveled about once a year. Since we lived close to family, they would just pop in and keep an eye on the cat. It really wasn’t much of a big deal since they would just have to come and check on his food and water and clean out the litter. Cats are not that high maintenance when compared to dogs, so we were ok leaving him for a few days.

We had a rude awakening during the time we lived in Thailand with our cat. Yes, we took him (Milton) all the way from California to Chiang Mai. We loved having him there with us. However, the time came when we had some upcoming travel plans that were too much to take Milton along with us. We decided to leave him in Chiang Mai with a couple friend of ours while we visited my sister in China for 9 days.

Milton, being an indoor cat, had very little interaction with other cats. The couple we took him to already had an outdoor cat of their own who was immediately bothered by having another cat in his territory. Milton had sensed this upon us dropping him off and immediately used his escape tactics to run away.

We were devastated upon hearing that he had run away as we were about to get on our flight to China. We left considering we didn’t really have a choice to go back and look for him. During the entire trip, we were heartbroken and worried that they could not get Milton to return to their home. After those nine, torturous days, we came back and by some miracle were able to find him! This was the moment we decided to get serious about finding a pet sitter. One who could come to our place and take care of Milton in his own, comfortable, environment.

 

How We Found Pet Sitters

The next challenge was finding the right pet sitter. We were living in Thailand and had no idea how to find one in a foreign country. That’s when I came across TrustedHousesitters.com. It took me a very long time to research what to do and came to the conclusion that this would be the best service based on several reviews I read online. So many people were raving about being pet sitters on this platform and getting “free” accommodations when traveling the world. I figured it would also be a good place for us to be so we could offer our pet sitting services for others as well. Though there is a membership cost, I did not hesitate to sign up, for Milton’s sake as well as our own. This is a decision I am super happy that I made.

Since that day, we have had a pet sitter on four separate occasions and they have all been absolutely perfect. It is a great feeling knowing that your home and your pet are looked after. Knowing that while you are traveling makes the trip even better (as we mentioned our experience on the other end of the spectrum).

Using a service like Trustedhousesitters makes it easy to post your required dates and needs to potential sitters, They allow for a “Welcome Guide” to be posted with details including pet eating schedules, vet information, daily chores that need to be done, as well as details about your home (such as wifi, etc). The service allows for easy communication between you and the sitter. The best part is that you can rate the sitters and they can rate you as well. This can help others looking for sitters or house/pet sitting opportunities to see what others’ experiences have been.

 

What Are Our Recommendations For Finding House/Pet Sitters

Here are some very basic but important tips we would give:

  1. Read the ratings of your applicants carefully to see if they are a good fit.
  2. Try to set up a time to either meet in person (if possible) or on Skype just to chat and get to know them better.
  3. Try to think of questions you would have if you were in their shoes and try to answer them in an email or make a “welcome guide” or cheat sheet to help them out.
  4. Get a different method of communication other than email if possible (Facebook, Line, WhatsApp, Telegram are good apps).
  5. Ask your sitter for updates while you are away. It will help put you at ease and keep them accountable.
  6. Make yourself available to give support and assistance as needed.

About the Author

Have you ever imaged living in another country? I mean, the essentials are the same no matter where you go. You still need to eat, sleep, work, and have some fun. But how are all of these experienced differently depending on the location around the work?Well, that’s what we’re curious about. That’s what gets us excited in life. We strive to make the ordinary in life extraordinary. The first steps were difficult. But all that mattered is that we took those first steps.

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The Secret of Very Cheap Flights! What is an Error Fare And How to Find it?

The Secret of Very Cheap Flights! What is an Error Fare And How to Find it?

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GUEST POST ABOUT ERROR FARES BY EDGAR PLESS

You have thought about what is an Error fare and how people find it? Do you want to fly for cheap, really cheap? For example, to Malaysia and back for just under 200 EUR or to US for 80 EUR? Believe it or not, but sometimes the airline offer prices that are that low. Actually, it’s not really the airlines offering it, but the price appearing by mistake. These are called “error fare”. I will tell you to understand how and why these errors occur and how to use it to our advantage.

What in definition is error fare? It is a reduced ticket price for a flight which comes as a result of a human or computer mistake.

How do fare errors occur?

Fare errors occur as the result of human or computer mistakes. Human mistakes include the usual tired employee who typed the fare wrong, and computer mistake include currency conversion or the omission of certain costs to the ticket (Fuel, taxes…). This is why it’s called error fare, because there has been some mistake somewhere along the lines.

Human error
Tiredness, laziness or a clumsy click on the keyboard can lead to significant errors when entering the flight price, which can result in a significantly lower fare.

Currency conversion errors
Fares converting from one currency to another are at risk of miscalculation. When they occur, you will have a fare error to your advantage.

Missing fuel surcharges and other fees
Fuel surcharges were first established in summer 1970, during the oil crisis, to adapt to the price fluctuations. Sometimes, the error occurs on the fuel surcharge portion of the ticket price. Since the fuel surcharges constitute a major proportion of the ticket price, if they are “left out”, it also means a much lower fare.

It is too hard for the airline to find and correct errors!
Occasional incorrect price occurrence is unavoidable, but with an abundance of flights and outdated reservation systems, every now and then errors occur. Also, the error correction process is expensive and time-consuming, which means the airline will sometime ignore the mistake. And again – voila!

Where can I find pricing errors?
And now the question that all of you are interested in! Where can I find these magically low-cost trips? The simplest and easiest way is to keep track of the blogs that error fare emergence published. One of the resources is TravelFree.info. An even simpler way is to follow the blog’s Facebook or Twitter page!

Here are some more helpful tips on error fare:

– Do not, under any circumstances, call the airline or write about the price error! If you call and ask the airline if it’s possible to fly to Malaysia and back for 170 EUR, you will most likely be informed that it is a mistake and asked to wait until it is fixed – which means seeing an increase in price by three hundred to five hundred percent.– Pay for your flights with your debit or credit card. If you pay by cash, then you will need to go to the airline’s office, which means they will notice there has been an error fare.

– Remember that tickets can also be lifted. Be patient; do not start reserving hotels, renting cars, booking tours and so on. Airlines have the right to correct their mistakes, and change the price.

– Check your ticket on Check My Trip in order to double check if your error fare is cancelled or confirmed. If the ticket reservation number displayed on this site, then there is a high probability that the ticket will not be cancelled.

– There is a chance that low-cost airline flights may make the errors, it does not happen often, so when you see error fare – do not expect the flight at that price to be available for long. Book immediately!

Photo by Barbara Riedel

About the Author

My name is Edgar and I want to inspire people to travel more because it is the only thing which makes us richer. For me travelling starts with finding great deals, which I enjoy as much as the travelling itself. I believe travelling nowadays is affordable for everyone, and I am trying to help others to be able to travel to new places with posts on Travelfree.info.

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How To Maintain a Great Work-Life-Balance in Chiang Mai

How To Maintain a Great Work-Life-Balance in Chiang Mai

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GUEST POST ABOUT HOW TO MAINTAIN A GREAT WORK-LIFE-BALANCE IN CHIANG MAI BY CAL BAILEY

Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand and has become a popular place for digital nomads. With its cool climate, clean air, and picturesque scenery, it’s not hard to see why it attracts people from all over the globe.

But how easy is it to get work done and enjoy quality of life at the same time? After all, that’s the whole point about being location independent. As well as earning a living, you should have the time to explore new destinations and immerse yourself in different cultures.

Getting work done

Where you work often comes down to personal preference. Some people are happy to pay coworking membership fees as they offer the chance to meet other people and get out of the house. Others will prefer to pay slightly more for their accommodation to benefit from reliable internet.

Wherever you prefer to work, Chiang Mai certainly has a lot to offer. There a plenty of coworking spaces dotted around the city, each with its own pros and cons. Cheaper ones require a small minimum spend at their cafe in return for an internet coupon, whilst others charge daily, weekly, or monthly fees. You can expect to pay between $80 and $100 a month at some of the most popular spots.

Another popular option for digital nomads is working in cafés and coffee shops. Again, there are plenty of spots to choose from in the city, and some even offer a similar structure to coworking spaces.

One of the most convenient places to work when you’re on the road is your own residence, but depending on your budget, reliable internet may not be part of the deal. If you think that working from home is the best option for you, research accommodation offering business centres or meeting rooms with good internet. Note that these will probably be pricier than most places.

Finding a place to live

If you’re considering Chiang Mai as your next destination, you’ll need to find a place to live. The good news is there are plenty of options to suit every budget, from apartments which include luxury amenities to cheap and cheerful backpacker hostels. But first, you need to consider how much time you’ll be spending in your residence, how long you’re planning on staying in the city, and how comfortable you want to be.

Beware of articles stating you can easily live off $300 a month. Although cost of living in Chiang Mai is considered cheap by western standards, you should be aware that by the time you’ve covered visa fees, food, and rent, you’ll likely be looking at a higher monthly cost.

One of the most important things for digital nomads is having access to high speed internet. So think about how you prefer to work, and consider joining a coworking space or splashing out slightly more on your accommodation.

Meeting new people

This city offers great opportunities for meeting other people. There are always plenty of events scheduled during the day and night which will suit most people’s interests. Coworking spaces often run their own events too and offer weekly social meetups, so there’s a great mix of social and entrepreneurial events.

Couchsurfing.com, meetup.com, and local Facebook groups are also good places to start building a social life.

Finding a balance

With an abundant digital nomad community, it can be easy to get locked in miss out on opportunities to explore other areas. The best part about being location independent is discovering amazing places and enjoying experiences you simply can’t get in other countries.

The key to striking a good work-life balance when you’re traveling is scheduling your work when you’re most likely to be productive, getting as much work done as you can during your scheduled work hours, and using your free time to go exploring. Here are some of the top things you can do in and around Chiang Mai:

 

  • Visit an elephant sanctuary
  • Be adventurous and go zip lining
  • Visit one of the many temples
  • Have fun at the Grand Canyon waterpark
  • Go to an MMA event
  • Experience a Thai massage
  • Venture to neighbouring cities
  • Enjoy the nightlife in the many cool bars, clubs, and lounges

Final Thoughts

Earning money whilst you travel the world sounds like an ideal lifestyle. However, it’s not always easy. You need to be incredibly strict with yourself when it comes to getting work done, even when most of the people around you are on vacation and having fun.

Chiang Mai is easily accessible and a great base for discovering northern Thailand. You’re sure to enjoy great food, meet new people and make lasting relationships, and you have plenty of options when it comes to getting your work done. As it is such a popular destination for digital nomads, the hard part is often remembering to switch off and enjoy the amazing experiences Thailand has to offer.

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Cal Bailey blogs at Mountain Leon – a travel blog he started after his two-year backpacking journey around the world. If you would like to read more about his adventures and expert travel tips, read his latest blog posts here.

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House Sitting Around the World – 8 Travel Blogger Tell Their Experiences

House Sitting Around the World – 8 Travel Blogger Tell Their Experiences

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House Sitting around the world? That was a dream of mine when I heard of the concept for the first time. It’s pretty easy: People have to leave their homes to go on vacation or business trips and need somebody to take care of their pets, plants and houses. So, house sitting is a win-win for both, the house owners as well as the sitters, who get to stay for free. Most people use platforms like Trusted Housesitters to find the perfect match. Click here to read more about how it works and who it’s for.

I did it three times in 2017:

#1 House Sitting in Dubai

My first house sit ever brought me to Dubai. I got to stay for a week, which was fine for being my first sit. Now, I would probably not travel to a place just to do a house sit for one week. Still, it was an amazing first sit! Caramel was a great cat, easy to take care of. The apartment was really nice, there were three pools in the near surroundings that I could use and a bus stop 5 minutes from my place…

 

#2 House Sitting in Singapore

The second one was much easier to get although I didn’t have the review from my first sit yet. But the house owners from Singapore had a really good feeling when they read my application, checked out my blog and could get a glimpse into who I am. They decided without a Skype call and in summer, I was staying at their place for 25 amazing days. Pool and tennis court included! The cats were a bit more difficult: One was sick when I arrived and needed medication twice a day. And in the second week, the other cat got hurt when he was roaming and I had to go to a cat hospital with him. The owners decided to make him stay in a pet hotel for the rest of my time. But still, this might have been my favorite sit since 25, almost a month, makes you settle a bit and get to know the pets.

 

#3 House Sitting in Saigon

My last house sit was in Saigon, Vietnam. When I applied, I didn’t think I would get. So I encourage you to try even when you think there’s no sense. The house owner had to leave Saigon BEFORE I arrive. She still said yes to me because she didn’t want somebody to just get free housing but somebody who would come to Saigon anyways and wanted to stay for a while. I was the perfect fit to what she had in mind so she arranged a friend to come to take care of the cats for three days until I arrived and took over for two more weeks. And again: a pool, a gym and even a spa right at my condo. I loved the sit and would always do it again!

These were my three house sitting experiences! Let’s see what kind of house sits other travel bloggers have done…

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Sarah from Live, Dream, Discover

When we started our nomadic life and location independent business five years ago we decided to try housesitting. We signed up for three sites initially but have since narrowed it down to Trusted Housesitters and House Carers. It has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made in regards to our travel lifestyle.

We love housesitting for so many reasons. You may think that saving money would be the number one reason but in fact that is not the case. It’s true that housesitting does help us to stay on budget but the biggest reason we love housesitting is for the experience itself. Being without a home base means sacrificing many of the things we used to take for granted. Sleeping in the same bed, having a kitchen, hanging your clothes up, and enjoying the company of pets to name a few.

Then there is also the added bonus of trying out different lifestyles and getting to know a local culture in a more authentic way. We have been farmers in Southern France, lived in an eco-community in the Mexican jungle, cared for three dogs in a typical Thai island neighborhood, lived in a stone cottage in the English countryside as well as a luxury flat in central London. How else could you experience such an array of things in one lifetime?

Lynn and Steve from A Hole in my Shoe

In 2011 we wanted to begin some travel but had a beautiful brand new home, a dog, a cat, 3 chickens, a pink & grey galah and a few fish.

After some thought we advertised on Aussie Housesitters and selected a New Zealand couple to house sit while we went on a 3 week Asian cruise. The couple would be in Perth for 3 weeks to be near their daughter who was due to give birth so timing was great. Hubby prepared a booklet for them, instructions to use all appliances, where to get great takeaway, what day to put the bins out and anything else they would need to know about our home and the general area. Of course he included a section about our pets, how much, how often and what to feed each of them, any health conditions, etc. Details of wifi password, emergency contacts, insurance, vet and other required numbers were also included in the information package.

This preparation was worthwhile, we returned to a spotless home, happy pets and small gift and thank you card.

Our frequent travels are now longer, but we’ve continued using advertised house sitters and have always had a great experience. We have come home to a home cooked meal, fresh ingredients for breakfast, even a tasty orange cake made with oranges from our tree.

We are Lyn & Steve from A Hole in my Shoe and every day we are one step closer to our next big adventure. When we are not travelling or working hard to pay for our travel we are home, in Perth or surrounding areas exploring local markets, gardens, cafes or wineries. We enjoy spending time photographing street art, both at home and in our travels.

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James from Worldwide Shopping Guide

I’ve housesat around Europe, but my favourite housesit has to be the time I looked after a farm of eighteen alpacas – a housesit I found through
TrustedHousesitters.com. The farm was situated in Southern France, and it’s fair to say that this wasn’t your average housesit. It comprised of two training weeks where I learned about feeding the alpacas, herding them, and inspecting them for injuries. Oh, and I had to be able to tell them all apart by name as well!
That last bit was the hardest: alpacas all look alike. I would have trouble learning the names of eighteen new people never mind alpacas. The owners were insistent though. They wanted to know that in an emergency, I would be able to tell them exactly which alpaca was affected.
Amazing, by the end of the first week I was actually starting to recognise them. By the end of the second week, I actually could tell them apart. I could even tell which alpacas were related (something else the owners wanted us to know in case the problem was genetic), which meant the owners felt comfortable leaving.
This was a fun, but intense, housesit. If anyone is looking for a similar experience, I’d recommend signing up with a housesitting platform or advertising your services on one of the many expat forums.

Tom from Travel Tom Tom

Last year I was offered a huge 3-bedroom villa in Sanur, Bali to take care of while the owners would go on a holiday. I had never done a house sitting job before and did not know what to expect. Through my network I was recommended by friends of the house owner to contact me. I was asked to come to Bali a couple days earlier and stay at their place while they were at home so they could show me the house. It was the best thing that could have happened as I was living for a month in a luxury pool villa for free on one of my favorite islands in the world. I did not even have to do anything as every morning the maid would come to clean the house and when I asked for it she would even cook for me in the evening. This was paradise! The owner even told me to host a party and invite friends but honestly I did not feel comfortable inviting strangers to the house. In 2018 I will do it again as the owners were happy with me in the house and asked me to come back for another house sitting job.

I am a Dutch travel blogger who has been traveling continuously around the world since December 2012. I turned my passion for exploring the world into a lifestyle and can mostly be found in South East Asia.

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Megan from Meganstarr.com

 

For the past year and a half, I haven’t had a visa in Germany and have been hopping in and out of Schengen.  It has been brutal for me as my dog is living in Germany and I miss him so much when I am on the road.  I decided to sign up for Trusted Housesitters this autumn and take on some petsitting jobs in England as I was going to be there for two months.  It was quite possibly the best decision of my year.  My first job took me to Wales to a small town right on the sea.  I was going to be watching Rocco and Scully, two Jack Russell Terriers who were living in a cozy cottage that had a historical graveyard as its backyard.  That week was one of the best of my life.  I connected so well with the pups and the experience made me fall in love with housesitting.  I took on a few jobs after, but that first job really stuck in my mind as it confirms I will be actively housesitting as part of my travels from now on.

Megan Starr is an American travel blogger based in Germany. She writes about Scandinavia/Nordics as well as Eastern Europe and post-Soviet countries. She is passionate about dogs, craft beer, good coffee, and concrete. In addition to running her travel blog, she is a digital marketer.

Jessica from Notes of Nomads

My husband and I have done house sits in a number of destinations now, including London, Rome and Berlin. We especially love doing housesitting on longer trips, at times when we want to spend a quieter time and catch up on some work.

The best part about house sitting has to be the pets. With our current travel lifestyle, it’s difficult to have pets of our own, so we love that we can be in the company of someone else’s, while helping them take their holidays stress-free.

We have found all of our assignments on a house sitting platform called TrustedHousesitters. We’ve found platforms to be a great way to apply for a variety of opportunities.

The hardest part is getting your first assignment when your profile is new and you don’t have any reviews yet. If house sitting is something you’d like to get into, I’d recommend working on your profile long before your next trip by offering to house sit for family or friends, or doing house sits for others in your local area. Even if the house sit is not via the platform, the homeowners can still leave you a review, helping to build trust before applying for those big assignments you really want.

Jessica Korteman is an Australian travel writer, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. You’ll most often find her on her blog, Notes of Nomads, delving into culture and expat life, and how to create a lifestyle full of new experiences.

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Shelley from Finding Beyond

House sitting allowed us to visit family and friends in the Summer last year without having to sponge off our parents for accommodation. We house-sat for three months in London and Brighton in the UK so we were close to family and friends but still had our own space to work from, for free! We got to stay in three beautiful properties in areas of London and Brighton that we usually could not afford to rent.

The two house sits in London were in the affluent areas of Wandsworth Common and Balham with one property being a traditional London Victorian terrace house with heaps of space and character. The Brighton house sit was a stylish property in the heard of Kemptown, a trendy and buzzing neighbourhood with everything we needed on our doorstep.

All three house sits involved looking after a dog and we fell in love with all of them. Bruno, Maizie and Gracie became our good canine friends by the time we left and we loved every second with them. Neither of us had owned a dog before but all three made our lives super easy and enjoyable. With our profile now having three 5 star reviews, can’t wait for more house sits this year!

Annik from Misses Backpack

I did not come to the cottage center via internet platform, but more by chance. I was visiting friends in Perth. We started talking about their vacation in Germany at the end of the year. In previous years, the two have searched and found a Housesitter on the well-known websites, now I have taken this mega chance and told them that I would love to do this. I got the gig!

I told a friend about it and you know what happened the next day? She asked me if I would like to do the same thing in Madrid. My sister was dumped by the guinea pig sitter for July. Of course, I agreed to sit her pigs in Spain for two weeks. The agreement in Madrid was quite relaxed. I talked to the sister of my acquaintance and discussed everything important. She sent me an e-mail with all the necessary information about the house, such as address, code for the alarm system and the feeding preferences of the guinea pigs, how to clean the cage.
As a thank you, I filled the fridge and put a bouquet of flowers on the table. And, no question, passed the house nice and clean.

The house sitting in Perth felt different because I knew the house and its inhabitants.

In both cases, I had a really good time. Having a real home away from your own home is just great! I’m definitely a huge fan of House Sitting and would do it again and again! However, I find it difficult to get a house-sitting gig on internet platforms if you’re just starting out and you do not have reviews yet. Nevertheless, I want to sign up there, because I think the concept is great.

I am Annik and since November 2015 I am writing on www.missesbackpack.de about my travels. Alone and individually, it suits me best. In autumn-winter, I’m drawn to overseas, in spring / summer I’m mostly in Germany and Europe around.

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