House Sitting

Would You Stay In An Airbnb?

The company, AIRBNB, is very popular covering 81,000 cities and 191 countries, allowing travellers and hosts to connect all over the world.

Would you stay in an airbnb?

My husband and I choose to house sit instead of searching for accommodations through companies such as AIRBNB which is basically a service where members can offer home stays or tourism experiences. If you own real estate, have space, and looking for ways to supplement your income, this might be something for you to consider. For us, we prefer house sitting for free in exchange for looking after owners’ homes and pets. It has been a rewarding experience for us. (more…)

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The Beaches Toronto – House Sitting

We just returned from beautiful Mexico to start our first round of House Sits for the next 6 months. Our first sit of 2019 took us to the Beaches, Toronto Canada, an area which we had not had an opportunity to fully explore before. The weather was on the cooler side (not like Mexico!) so we had a little adjustment to make.

The Beaches

The Beaches is a neighbourhood in Toronto Canada, so called because of the four beaches (Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach, Kew Beach and Woodbine Beach) situated on Lake Ontario. It is located east of downtown within the “Old” City of Toronto. It stretches from Victoria Park Avenue on the East to Kingston Road on the north, Coxwell Avenue on the west and south to Lake Ontario. (more…)

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Tribute to Stanley – A Special Friend

With saddened hearts we say goodbye to a special friend. We recently learned about the passing of Stanley, a beautiful Golden Retriever who we had the privilege of meeting and taking care of on our 4th house sit in Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines Ontario.

Stanley

C.J., my husband, especially enjoyed taking him for walks. Stanley needed some gentle guiding as he became blind when he got older. When he backed himself into a corner and couldn’t see his way out – literally – we would steer him the right way. (more…)

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Mayan Ruins Mexico: Tulum and Coba

We recently took an opportunity to visit the Mayan Ruins in Mexico –  Tulum and Coba. I want to share some things we learned on this trip and how our journey in life has some parallels.

While many people visit the ruins on their own, we decided that since we had friends visiting for a short time we should take a guided tour. The cost was $55 US per person and included a buffet lunch. (more…)

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Trusted House Sitters – It Works!

Name: Trusted House Sitters
Website: TrustedHousesitters.com
Owners: Andy & Rachel Peck
Price: $130/year
Overall Rank:  5 Stars
5 star rating House Sit

My husband and I love to travel, especially south for half a year where we can avoid the cold winters in Canada. This sometimes proves difficult because for the other half of the year, where do we live? Trusted House Sitters is a viable option and is making our travel possible. (more…)

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The Travelling Life – House Sitting Part 4

Our final house sit took us to St. Catharines Ontario. We didn’t have much time between our house sit in Ottawa and St. Catharines – just one day and night.

First we visited a young fellow, Caleb Barris, who we once billeted during hockey season; he was from Martins Ferry, Ohio at the time and has since relocated to Uxbridge Ontario.  We then visited friends, Rick and Laurie, who had just built a new home in the same area. After a wonderful steak dinner and wine, we spent the night there and then headed out early in the morning for St. Catherine’s. (more…)

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The Travelling Life – In-Between House Sits

Between our Markham and Ottawa house sits, we had a few days of travelling to visit friends, camping, and a family wedding to attend to!

Glammis Ontario

First we went to Glammis, which is a nice little community and sits at the juncture of three of the original townships of the County of Bruce– Kincardine, Bruce and Greenock. Historians can check here if you want to know more about Glammis. (more…)

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The Travelling Life – House Sitting Part 2

New pal while travelling

As previously mentioned, we will be doing a series of articles on our experiences with four house sits we acquired, back-to-back, all in Ontario, Canada. Our second house sit took us to Markham Ontario.

Markham

Markham is a city in the Regional Municipality of York within the Greater Toronto area of Southern Ontario. It is also Canada’s 16th largest city and changed its status in 2012 from town to city. Population in 2014 was 329,204. (more…)

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