I've taught English in several different countries, (Singapore, China, Spain) and traveled extensively and keep telling myself it's time to stay home. But in the mean time I just have to spend some precious time in interesting exotic places, preferably with a dog or two to so I can feel at home. My own dogs are well trained and well behaved as evidence I not only adore them but insist on respectful behaviour.
As a poor ex-academic! I simply can't afford to spend the amount of time I need to really get to know a new or formerly loved place. Personally, I think that house sitting, like second-hand clothes, is such a sensible way of conserving resources and connecting with people.
I've lived in houses in many different places in the world and spent two months in New York twice in a variety of house sitting arrangements. Have also housesat in Barcelona and Turkey. I own my own lovely little place which is a haven for me and my own two dogs. I know just how much it means to be able to leave home and return feeling confident that all is well.
I'm also an Airbnb host - check https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/2198738 for information and references.
I'm super responsible, super resourceful and have virtually no remaining vices, other than a tendency to pat passing dogs. I'm more than happy to do all those things like attending to mail and messages, looking after the garden, etc. And I absolutely LOVE dogs!
Also, please check my website www.philippafox.weebly.com for more photos and information about me.
Caribbean, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Guatemala, Spain, Turkey, United States