The house and pet sitting lifestyle is an adventure. There are new experiences to be had, different places to visit and, with back to back house and pet sits, you must be ready to pack up and go quickly and easily.
Seasoned house and pet sitters are sure to have their packing list and routine sorted, but if you’re new to this wonderfully nomadic lifestyle, here are our tips for the five essential items you need for an organised and simple move to your next position.
- Zip Lock Bags
Zip lock bags of all sizes will become your best friend on your travels. Keep your more delicate items of clothing in these to avoid stains from other items in your suitcase. If you thought scented drawer liners and potpourri were only reserved for your granny, then think again. A small amount of potpourri in a zip lock bag is a great way to keep your clothes smelling fresh no matter how long you’re travelling. Continue reading “5 Packing Essentials for Roving House and Pet Sitters”
House and pet sitting can take you to some amazing places around the country and Perth in Western Australia is definitely one not to be missed. With striking natural beauty, engaging history and a vibrant culture, Perth is a great place to explore on foot or by sea. So while you’re living like a local as a house and pet sitter, take some time to enjoy some of what Perth and its surrounds have to offer.
If you’re a nature lover and like to let your feet lead the way, Perth and its surrounding regions have a myriad of walks, parks, beaches and waterfalls to enjoy. Continue reading “3 Great Reasons to Visit Perth – And They’re Free”
Mindahome house sitters David and Glenys of Albury have been members since early 2013. They explain how they escape the winter months.
Our names are Glenys and David. We reside in Albury NSW. For the last five years since our retirement we have been house sitting in Queensland to get away from our cold Southern winter in June, July and August. We have made many life long friends along with their pets and also gained some excellent references.
This year our house sitting commenced in May at Nindeeree on the Sunshine Coast between Yandina and Eumundi. This was a lovely home in the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. The home was on two acres and had three lovely Border Collies we looked after for seven weeks. We also had our daily chores of looking after the house, garden and pool.
Continue reading “Wintering in warmer locations”
Some of the best road trips I can remember involve a stopover (or two) at a nice cosy bakery or cafe, where the hospitality is as warm as the coffee.
Travelling the country as a house and pet sitter means that you get to explore more of the country and are able to take the time to stroll through regional towns and villages to get to know some of the lesser known attractions and sights of our beautiful country.
Everyone has their own favourite places across the country to rest their travelled legs and fill their empty stomachs with a good meat pie or coffee. Continue reading “Stopovers in Regional NSW That Will Have You Salivating”
Living away from home, whether it is a few hours, or a bit farther afield, can be liberating. You have your own space and can do what you want, when you want. But celebrating on your own can be a little lonely, so making tracks back to the family home for key celebrations like Mother’s Day, Easter and Christmas, is usually on the cards.
But after weeks, months and sometimes years of complete autonomy, the prospect of sharing a living space with others may start to send chills down your spine. Continue reading “3 Steps to Take Before Your Next Family Get Together”
House and pet sitting gives you the unparalleled opportunity to indulge the gypsy in your soul as you travel Australia with no accommodation budget required.
But with so much to see and do across this wonderful continent, it can be a little tricky deciding exactly where you’re going to head off to next. So here’s a clue: if you haven’t yet added South Australia to your ‘must visit’ list, you most definitely should.
Home to the red dunes of the Simpson Desert, the magnificent 100km-long Bunda Cliffs, and the wild expanses of the Nullarbor Plain, South Australia also boasts the rich and diverse culture of Adelaide (the internationally renowned City of Churches), the Fleurieu Peninsula’s glorious beaches, and the fabulous wine and produce of the Barossa Valley. Continue reading “The House Sitter’s Guide to South Australia”
We’re so lucky in Australia to have, what I consider, quite mild winter weather in comparison to other parts of the world.
There’s no shortage of wonderful winter fun to be had, but for those of us who don’t like the temperature dipping too far below 20 oC, there are some marvellous ways to avoid the winter chill. You just have to know where to go.
Queensland and the Northern Territory are ideal for winter getaways. Temperatures in Queensland rarely drop below 20oC degrees and low rainfall during this time means you have more opportunity to get out and about. The ‘Dry Season’ in the Northern Territory, which spans from May to October, usually has warm, dry sunny days and cool nights, with temperatures typically ranging from 21 oC to 32 oC, and the humidity levels are much lower at around 60–65%. Continue reading “Where to go to escape the cold”
Visiting Sydney doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. There are loads of free or budget conscious events available for young and old and for the entire family.
For a no cost scenic exploration on Sydney – get your feet moving and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge or visit the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The Royal Botanic Gardens are not far from here where you can admire 30 hectares of tropical plants, green lawns and ponds and simply relax while you overlook the harbour.
There are wonderful weekend markets around the city which feature entertainment, fresh produce and interesting arts, fashion and souvenirs. Continue reading “See Sydney for free”
Many of our house and pet sitting members comment that they often get called back for return sits. They’ve developed a rapport and even a friendship with the home owners that they sit for, that they get booked out months and even years in advance.
Being successful at house and pet sitting does take organisation and a professional approach, but it is some of the personal touches that that make can you a stand out house sitter. Continue reading “5 reasons house and pet sitters win positions”
For many, house and pet sitting can be a way to try a different lifestyle and to experience different locations across the country.
For those wanting to escape the inner city ‘rat race’, rural and regional house and pet sits can present many attractive benefits. Continue reading “Top 5 drawcards for a rural house sit”