Staying for Free in Europe

Housesitting

What are your biggest expenses of travel?  Transportation and Accommodations.

We have recently discovered about a wonderful way to meet new people and get free accommodations.  TrustedHousesitters.com is an online community that connects homeowners with trusted house sitters to watch their homes while they are away. We learned about the site, once we started our travels and have had wonderful experiences so far.

Our recent 10-day trip to London was all with free accommodations.  We were able to stay in a central London flat, within walking distance to everything.  And our wonderful relaxing trip to the English countryside for 7-days was also free!

What’s the catch?  There isn’t one.  Everything is explained clearly before your arrival.  In both places we were caring for cats and fish.  Some places have dogs that need cared for and others don’t require you to care for any animals, they just want someone in their homes to watch over things while they are on holiday.

In each case we have arrived the day before the homeowner is leaving to meet them, the animals and where everything is in the house.  At our last house sit, the homeowner, Laura, was an absolute gem.  She is the type of person you wish you lived closer to, so you could develop a great friendship with her.  She organizes and runs an amazing organization for learning disabled adults.  Inviting us to experience her events will definitely be one of the highlights of our trip.   She also happened to be a torch runner for the 2012 Olympics and even cooler she let us hold the torch and pretend we were super runners too!  Just another one of the amazing people we have met and hope to remain friends with from our journey.

Jess torch

Jon & torch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura & Jessica

Laura & Jessica

We can’t forget about the most important part of our stay…Scratch. We fell in love with the cat, Scratch, at our second housesit.  Seriously the coolest cat ever!

Jon & ScratchJess & Scratch

 

 

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