I have recently discovered that there is a whole up-to-date way to take a vacation – especially if you want to go to an expat community in another country! That way is by apartment sitting! Generally, the plan is that someone needs a person to stay in their apartment while they travel for a while, usually, they want someone to take care of the pets, water the plants, spend money the yard guy and housekeeper, and just be there in case something happens.
House sitting as a way to take a vacation is fantastic unless there is no heating and cooling! Very often, the people that own these houses either do not have air conditioning, or they ask you not to use it.
Granted, in these smaller countries where only the wealthy even have heating and cooling, electricity is fancy. That’s why the owners ask the apartment sitters not to use the air conditioner or the heater, well, I am just not a fan of that! I say if you can’t afford for your apartment sitter to use the air conditioner, then you shouldn’t be getting a apartment sitter. I mean, c’mon, if you can afford to spend money the housekeeper and pool guy when you are not even there, then you should not expect your apartment sitter to live separate from the a/c when it is nearing triple digits on the thermostat studying outside. If you decide to sign up on 1 of those apartment sitting websites, be sure to ask the homeowners before you buy your flight. If you don’t want to be there separate from having access to fantastic heating and cooling, then be sure to ask before you take on the challenge.