By JACLYN SNOW
Housesitting is an exciting way to get free luxury accommodation when you travel. I combed the web to present you with these ten incredible places to housesit around the world, certain to ignite your wanderlust! Remember, these are only ten out of literally thousands of housesits available all over the globe, and you can find so much more by following the links provided in this article. They may look too good to be true, but these places are all genuinely looking for house-sitters, and they are all available at the time of this posting. Consider housesitting this summer as a way to stay somewhere beautiful with people you love for cheap or free!
10 Amazing Places to Housesit Cheap/Free This Summer!
1. Enjoy this peaceful paradise in Panama!
Photo Credit: www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitting-assignments/panama/panama/sora/l/103626/
Location: Sorá, Panama
Dates Available: September 4 – October 5, 2017; future opportunities available as well.
Description: This lush tropical home is nestled in a quiet gated community in the mountains. It’s a 30 minute drive from the town or beach.
Responsibilities: Take care of the owner’s five cats.
Qualifications: Be reliable; have access to a car.
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2. Recline like royalty at this 17th century home in ancient Medina!
Photo Credit: www.housecarers.com/homeowner-profile.cfm?mem=2145744573
Location: Fez, Morocco
Dates Available: July 13/14 – September 7, 2017
Description: This stunning 17th century home is in the middle of ancient Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a four story home with two bedrooms, right in the middle of a lively historic city.
Responsibilities: Water the house plants and put out food for the stray cat who visits the terrace.
Qualifications: Must be capable of withstanding summer heat. French or Arabic speaking is preferred, but not mandatory. Pay €50 per month for utilities, in addition to a security deposit.
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3. Spend your summer on this remote private island in the Caribbean
Photo Credit: www.nomador.com/house-sitting/24314-dangriga-stann-creek-district-belize-2017-06-15-2017-07-15
Location: A small private island in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize.
Dates Available: June 15 – July 15, 2017
Description: There’s only one house on this awe-inspiring island, and it needs a house-sitter for a month this summer. The house is two stories tall and has one bedroom with a double bed, and a well- equipped kitchen. The shower is outside, and the toilet is compost. The house is extremely eco- friendly, as electricity is solar powered and water is harvested from rainfall.
Responsibilities: Live on the island, and give Peggy, the pet pig, fresh water.
Qualifications: This housesit (more like “island-watch”, it is the only house on the island) is ideal for a couple in healthy physical condition who love nature and are very self-reliant.
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4. Live in luxury for a week in a posh London flat
Photo Credit: www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitting-assignments/united-kingdom/england/london/l/154043/
Location: London, England
Dates Available: August 06 – August 14, 2017
Description: This upscale Putney apartment has two bedrooms, a gorgeous sitting area, a fully equipped kitchen, and all the comforts of home. A house-cleaner will visit during your stay, so you don’t even need to worry about keeping the place clean. The flat is central to public transportation which will take you anywhere in London. It is close to the Thames river and near a popular shopping street.
Responsibilities: Take care of a cat and water the plants in the garden.
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5. Unwind in lush Fiji with a serene seascape
Photo Credit: www.housecarers.com/homeowner-profile.cfm?mem=2145746168
Location: Savusavu, Fiji
Dates Available: July 30 – Mid-November, 2017
Description: This beautiful house and guest cottage are perched atop a hill in Fiji overlooking vivid landscape and the Koro Sea. Town is a 15 minute drive away, and beautiful walking paths around the house lead to creeks and a nearby waterfall. The house has a beautiful garden, which a gardener will take care of while you’re there.
Responsibilities: Feed and walk two energetic one-year-old puppies!
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6. Feel at home in a stone cottage in the Portuguese countryside
Photo Credit: www.nomador.com/house-sitting/33298-sao-joao-das-lampas-lisboa-portugal-2017-07-09-2017-07-17
Location: São João das Lampas, Portugal
Dates Available: July 9 – July 17, 2017
Description: This restored stone cottage may look simple, but luxury awaits at this home. The cottage is only 15 minutes from Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to Portuguese castles ranging from the 8th-19th centuries. It’s half an hour away from Lisbon, the culturally rich capitol of Portugal, and only 20 minutes from Cascais Beach, featuring the impressive natural formation of Boca do Inferno. Even with all of these amazing places within close driving distance (a car will be provided), the cottage is quiet and surrounded by nature in a very small village. As if it couldn’t get any better, a housekeeper visits Monday through Friday to clean and cook!
Responsibilities: Care for three dogs and a cat. Two of the dogs have special needs for medical conditions. Water the plants every other day.
Pena Palace in Sintra would practically be your neighbor. Photograph by Jaclyn Snow, October 2016.
Map Data ©2017 Google, Inst. Geogr. Nacional
7. Take a vacation from the ordinary at this 300 year-old Bavarian farm house
Photo Credit: www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitting-assignments/germany/bavaria/foritz/l/9720/
Location: Southern Bavaria, Germany
Dates Available: August 16 – September 8, 2017
Description: This 300 year old Bavarian farm house has 6 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a large garden. It is 5 minutes from the sea, 30 minutes to Salzburg, Austria, and 30 minutes to the Alps, but you will need your own car. It is home to two cats, two dogs, three chickens, four ducks, and two mini-pigs.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for feeding, cleaning up after, and giving the animals lots of attention, in addition to a small amount of garden care.
Map Data ©2017 GeoBasis-DE/BKG (©2009), Google, Inst. Geogr. Nacional
8. Collect yourself in Cambodia any time of year
Photo Credit: www.mindmyhouse.com/sitters/assignment/11075
Location: Kap, Cambodia
Dates Available: All year long; minimum of 2 weeks, maximum of 2 months.
Description: This big house features a large tropical garden including coconut, mango, and papaya trees. It is only a few minutes walk to the beach, to Kep National Park, and the charming village with tasty local eateries.
Responsibilities: Take care of one dog and one cat. Water the plants during the dry season.
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9. Make your way to Santa Fe to stay in this adobe home
Photo Credit: www.mindmyhouse.com/sitters/assignment/7663
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Dates Available: June 23 – July 10, 2017
Description: This unique adobe home sits on ten acres of land close to town. The house is two stories and has two bedrooms, a finished basement, and a newly remodeled kitchen. There are four dogs, two cats, and two horses who roam around the property.
Responsibilities: Feed the animals twice daily. The horses must be fed promptly at 8:00am and 6:00pm.
Qualifications: You will need your own vehicle for this housesit.
Note: This is the only housesit in the U.S. I included in this article, but there are a whopping number of epic housesitting opportunities available all over the country.
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10. Settle in for the winter at this unbelievable Greek island
Photo Credit: www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/84236
Housesitting Listing: www.luxuryhousesitting.com/luxury-homes.php?id=2470
Location: Styra, Greece
Dates Available: November 10, 2017 – March 27, 2018
Description: This place consists of 6 buildings, including 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 11 beds, a Turkish steam room, and more. In the summer it costs $567 per night on AirBnB. Right now the owner is looking for someone to spend the wet and windy winter there for free!
Responsibilities: Take care of the various animals.
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