World-wide accommodation for free… here’s how

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Heard about the new travel trend which helps the over 50s stay in luxury accommodation worldwide for free? Angela Laws lets us into her secret…

We travel more than any other age group and are 10% more likely than average to take three or more holidays a year according to statistics. Marketing people call us the “Third Age” I’ve a new terminology for them, call us “The Best Age” We know how to live it!

So how can we travel more without breaking the bank? Have amazing experiences, visit our wish list locations all without compromising the way we travel? We’ve found the answer.

House Sitting. This travel lifestyle enjoyed by many 50 somethings is rapidly becoming more popular. There are many couples and single retirees taking a ‘grey’ gap year, de-cluttering their lives, downsizing or even selling the family home to house sit around the world. It’s the perfect opportunity to escape the winter with no accommodation costs or enjoy a couple of weeks holiday during summer when costs to go on holiday are high.

Imagine staying in a renovated farmhouse in Tuscany a fortnight this summer or arranging to live in a luxury villa in the Caribbean over winter, for free. What’s the catch? The catch, and absolute pleasure, of house sitting is caring for the owner’s pets in return for a free retreat. Having lost our springer spaniel, Holly a few years back, we’ve dearly missed the company of dogs. Now we get to enjoy the company of pets all over again and combine it with our love of travel. To us its not a catch, it’s one of the best parts about house sitting.

Our amazing journey, which started almost 10 years ago, has enriched our retirement beyond measure. We’ve saved thousands of pounds in travel costs and yet extended our holiday time year on year. My husband, John and I have kept our home, although house sitters are there more than we are, we certainly couldn’t leave it unoccupied otherwise. The world really is our retirement oyster!

So what, how, when and why ….. in brief

  • We care for homes and pets leaving owners free to travel with complete peace of mind

  • Enjoy the best self catering accommodation at amazing rates ….. FREE

  • No peak time inflated costs or single supplements

  • Locations of choice, www.trustedhousesitters.com have opportunities in over 50 countries

  • Enjoy a weekend getaway, a six month tropical adventure and everything in between

  • No overcrowded impersonal hotels or resorts

  • Opportunity to live like a local, really explore an area and get under its skin

  • Meet interesting people and develop lifelong friendships

  • Travel has purpose, stimulating minds and satisfying souls

Our travels have taken us across five continents to some of our dream locations including a New York Fifth Avenue apartment, French Chateau in the Champagne Region, gorgeous Central London home, quintessential English country cottages, suburban Australian homes, a small ranch in Washington State and lovely Californian houses.

Since October 2013 home for us has been a beautiful villa with stunning views across the Mediterranean, our family have visited from the UK, we’ve immersed ourselves into Andalusian life making lifelong friends and picking up a little of the language. In return home owners around the world, especially those with beloved pets, are discovering they can travel with peace of mind, house sitting is truly an altruistic win-win.

About Angela Laws:

Angela has been travelling the world for the past 40 years. Her career in International Marketing took her across Canada and the US and since the mid 80s has lived in Italy, N. Africa, India, Singapore and other parts of SE Asia with husband John, a Petroleum Engineer, now retired. Self-professed nomads with a shared passion for travel and animals, they continue to travel the world having adopted an affordable travel lifestyle: Pet and house sitting. Some five continents, many amazing homes and wonderful four legged friends later, Angela is the resident in-house expert, advising home owners and house sitters at Trusted House Sitters and a regular contributor to travel blogs sharing experiences of life away from the travel brochures, living like the locals.

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After house sitting in New Zealand for six months by word of mouth I joined Housesitters.com in March which cost me £72. I haven't had any success in securing an assignment as yet and am told their ratio for sitters and assignments is 3:1. I gather couple have a better chance than individuals, so it may be wise to connect with a like minded travel companion.
quantumfaerie
13th Feb 2016
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I agree! I joined a house-sitting agency a few years ago and didn't get any of the 5 or 6 assignments I applied for - I'm pretty sure it was because I was a single, older woman. Most people do seem to want couples or at least 2 friends.
Natalee Beattie
6th Mar 2014
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Hi, I was wondering if I could get some more information on house sitting please thanks
Angela Laws
6th Mar 2014
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Hello Natalee as the initial reply said go to http://www.trustedhousesitters.com where you'll find all the information you need. Once registered, a very simple step by step process you will need to create an interesting and informative profile, there's help on the website for that also. Once a member you'll have access to all the latest listings, can sign up for daily e mail alerts on new listings in your chosen location or around the world (I have the alerts they are great, members get a 24 hour priority window to apply for assignments) there's also a weekly newsletter full of features, personal stories and expert advice. If you can't find the information you need or want more answers or advice, just ask that's what I'm here for .... best wishes Angela
Silversurfers
6th Mar 2014
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Hello Natalee, If you click this link http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/ you can investigate the options and find out all you need to know to start!
Elizabeth Deveson
6th Mar 2014
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Hi would love to do this in England and as s dog love am very good with dogs as got firsts at crufts but sadly no longer as dog died and now on my own so if you would be interested in letting me home sit please contact me x Elizabeth deveson
Angela Laws
6th Mar 2014
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Hello Elizabeth firstly I'm so sorry for your loss, losing a pet is heartbreaking, I know, I also know that pet sitting can help you heal, it did me. To get started you need to register with a reputable and recognised organisation http://www.trustedhousesitters.com has all the information you need to get started. You obviously have a great love for dogs combined with knowledge and experience wonderful attributes for a pet and house sitter. There are many opportunities throughout England and you'll find so much to inspire you on the website. I hope this helps and if you need any more help or advice do please ask .... best wishes Angela
Carolyn Hughes-Dyson
6th Mar 2014
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Are you better off sitting in Britain for your first sit or does'nt it matter?
Angela Laws
6th Mar 2014
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Hello Carolyn, what a good question and it really is personal choice. The benefit of starting at "home" is you have flexibility, a great sitter attribute. When applying for local assignments you can arrange to meet the home owners before you start, giving you both the opportunity to build that all important personal relationship, house sitting is an arrangement built on mutual trust and this is an excellent way to start. You'll also get to meet the most important member(s) of the family, the furry ones. My first assignment, ten years ago, was literally a 10 minute drive from my home since then we traveled across five continents, our choice. There are sitters who house and pet sit permanently and choose to stay in the UK while others venture further a field this travel lifestyle affords you that freedom of choice. Visit http://www.trustedhousesitters.com for all the information you need and browse the wonderful opportunities and if you need any other help or advice please do ask ... best wishes Angela
MR MRS ALAN JOHNSON
6th Mar 2014
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We are interested in house sitting.
Angela Laws
6th Mar 2014
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Hello Mr and Mrs Alan Johnson as the previous reply suggested going to the website http://www.trustedhousesitters.com will give you all the information you need to register, become a member and get started. You will then have access to the complete house sitting listings around the world and close to home whichever is your preference. There are wonderful personal stories, FAQ's, a blog with excellent advice, in fact everything you need to know. If you do have any questions don't hesitate to ask, I'll be more than happy to help .... Angela
Silversurfers
6th Mar 2014
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Great! If you click this link http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/ you can investigate the options and find out all you need to know to start! 🙂
Brian & Val Townsend
6th Mar 2014
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Very interested in this, both house sitting and the other way round, as we have a dog. (Border Terrier) and have not been away on holiday for a long time now. Will read this article with interest.

Regards,

Brian and Val Townsend.
Angela Laws
6th Mar 2014
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Hi Brian and Val getting your little terrier a trusted pet sitter is your answer to guilt and worry free travel, nothing changes in their lives they stay in their own safe environment and while your sitter is taking care of everything at home you're free to explore the world of house sitting.
It truly is a win win ...... find out more at www.trustedhousesitters.com and take that well earned vacation with complete peace of mind and if you need any more help or advice don't hesitate to ask .... best wishes Angela
Silversurfers
6th Mar 2014
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Hello Brian ... if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask 🙂

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