I've taught English in several different countries 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 (in the pecuniary sense) 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 in a variety of house sitting arrangements. 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 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!
Caribbean, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Guatemala, Spain, Turkey, United States