House sitting is fast becoming recognised as the travel hacking tool of choice for vacationers keen to experience their chosen holiday destination from the perspective of a local rather than a tourist. Offering the opportunity to explore far from the tourist trail, a house sitting assignment can completely alter your experience of travel while subsidising your budget and reducing the cost of your stay.
I recently shared 5 reasons to house sit when you travel with the team over at Flights.com so if you’re not entirely convinced house sitting is for you, take a look at the many benefits I outlined before you read on.
With online house sitting platforms like trustedhousesitters.com advertising opportunities to house sit in all four corners of the world, it’s easy to find rent free accommodation when you travel. But how do you decide where to house sit?
Here’s a look at some of the most inspiring destinations to house sit this summer (May – September).
FOR AN ISLAND ESCAPE CHOOSE ST. KITTS & NEVIS
Weather: Expect hot sunny days
An intoxicating mix of blue skies, sea, and sand, the Caribbean federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is perfect for those keen to slow down a gear (or three) this summer. Our recent house sitting assignment on St. Kitts offered paradisiacal views over to neighbouring Nevis along with the opportunity to sample island life.
FOR A CULTURAL RETREAT CHOOSE COPENHAGEN
Weather: Expect pleasant sunny days with some rain
The coolest kid on the Nordic block, Copenhagen’s cobbled streets and sherbet-hued town houses sit amongst some of Europe’s most popular destinations. Secure a house sitting assignment in Denmark’s royal capital noted for its effortless blend of old and new, and you’ll not be restricted to the well-trodden tourist trail. Explore the city’s trendy Nørrebro district with a local as your guide and sample community life during your time as a temporary resident.
FOR A REALLY WILD ESCAPE CHOOSE BOTSWANA
Weather: Peak safari season, warm sunny days and cold clear nights
One of Africa’s most popular safari destinations over 40% of Botswana has been given over to national parks and reserves where visitors can immerse themselves in the fascinating world of the wild. However if the idea of sitting alongside camera clicking tourists on safari is not your idea of fun, considering taking a walk on the wild side and stepping into the shoes of someone who calls the country home.
FOR AN ALPINE ADVENTURE CHOOSE WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND
Weather: Expect cold crisp days and brilliant blue skies
Queenstown’s lesser known neighbour, the town of Wanaka sits aside a vast cobalt blue lake that was forged by gargantuan glaciers during the most recent ice age. A vibrant mix of lakefront hipster cafes, ski resorts, and indomitable alpine views, a house sitting assignment overlooking Lake Wanaka is ideal for travellers seeking an active escape.
FOR A HIPSTER ESCAPE CHOOSE WILLIAMSBURG, NY
Weather: Expect sunny skies and dry days
If hipsters have a Mecca, it’s most certainly Williamsburg, NY. Straddling old and new this Brooklyn neighbourhood is a mish-mash of creativity, cultures, and urban vistas, and is ideal for budget travellers seeking out the best of New York’s cheap eats, live music, and modern art. Avoid the often overpriced hotel rooms in Manhattan and live like a local in one of New York’s most vibrant enclaves.
FOR A RURAL RETREAT CHOOSE THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Weather: Warm and often wet days with long summer evenings
Bursting with a rich natural heritage that stretches from the windswept shores of the Northern Isles to the top of the highest Scottish mountains, Scotland’s Highlands should be on the bucket list of every adventure traveller. Crumbling castles and ancient ruins litter the landscape which plays host to a diverse range of habitats and eco systems. Grab your hiking boots and start your search for a house sitting assignment in the Scottish highlands today.
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Over the course of the last four years Ben and I have subsidised the cost of travel through nine different countries and have called over 25 different properties home thanks to the concept of house sitting. The experience has completely altered our experience of travel and offered us opportunities we’d never have come across when staying in a hotel or hostel.
From quaint towns and cultural capitals in Europe, to paradisiacal island escapes in the Caribbean, we highly recommend that you consider a house sitting assignment for your 2015 summer vacation.
Do you plan to spend your summer house sitting? Share your plans with us below!