There's a story in the news today that more British people are choosing “staycations”. There are a number of reasons for this, but one factor is the increasing cost of holidays abroad with the weaker pound since Brexit.
Pet-sitting overseas: an enjoyable experience for animal lovers
I've just experienced a new concept that makes overseas holidays affordable once again. TrustedHouseSitters has a simple premise. If you agree to live in somebody else's house, care for their pets, and carry out basic general maintenance of their home, they will allow you to stay there for free.
I started to plan our summer holiday in April, spoiled for choice of destinations. A cat in Manhattan? A flock of chickens in Austria? A dog in Portugal? Eventually we plumped for an exotic sounding possibility: a dog and cat in a chateau near Bordeaux in the south of France. Before applying for the position, I had to create a "pet sitter profile" for myself and my wife, including independent references from verified “real life” people, vouching for our reliability and skill in caring for pets and plants.