I have recently discovered that there is a whole new way to take a vacation – especially if you want to go to an expat community in another country.
That way is by house sitting.
Generally, the idea is that someone needs a person to stay in their house while they travel for a while. Usually, they want someone to take care of the pets, water the plants, pay the yard man and housekeeper, and just be there in case something happens. House sitting as a way to take a vacation is great 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 expensive. That’s why the owners ask the house sitters not to use the a/c or the heater. Well, I am just not a fan of that. I say if you can’t afford for your house sitter to use the a/c, then you shouldn’t be getting a house sitter. I mean, c’mon, if you can afford to pay the housekeeper and pool man when you are not even there, then you should not expect your house sitter to live without the air conditioner when it is nearing triple digits on the thermostat reading outside. If you decide to sign up on one of those house sitting websites, be sure to ask the homeowners before you buy your flight. If you don’t want to be there without having access to good heating and cooling, then be sure to ask before you take on the challenge.
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