Are homeowners happy to accept foreign sitters yet?

Not all of us :wink:
But I rarely fit into the “they” category :rofl:

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So do I. Keep applying and, you never know :blush:

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In what way Amparo? We’re all unusual I guess

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I’m just an oddball, A fruitloop in a box of cheerios.

I don’t worry about much of anything. I don’t consider myself reckless but I am an adventurer. I don’t feel the need to know everything and have everything secured, prearranged and guaranteed ahead of time.
Just going and seeing how it goes, excites me and so far it has worked very well for me.

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Do you travel on your own? I travel with a husband and we find we egg each other on. Neither of us want to back down. It’s got us to some unbelievable places and fantastic adventures.
My family does not understand what drives us. I’m the odd ball, the cuckoo in the nest. Most of our friends love it and join us when they can. These past 18 months have driven us potty.

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I hear and feel you. Yes, that would be me. The total weirdo, non-compliant, first one to do anything out of the ordinary, (ironically eventually the others follow).
I had a home to nest in during the crisis and I went all out playing house. Gardened, painted, got new furniture, cooked like a mad woman. Big house only me. It was nice to see the grandkids but I was going bonkers. So I surrendered the house and took off.
I do travel alone. I have travelled with others, family, friends and well I have learned that I am good alone. :grin:
So while the majority of the world is doing one thing, I am doing the opposite. I think they call that zigging when others are zagging.
I just booked a transatlantic cruise for late next year as a return trip from the UK and I am thrilled to bits.

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Hope it’s on one of the Queens….we were lucky to see them in Halifax NS. Magnificent. Too big for me, I prefer a 40 foot yacht and 13 days of complete solitude but enjoy.

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Thank you. This will be my second big long term cruise and what I discovered on the first was that you can very easily become invisible in plain sight.

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We really struggled with this one. In normal times my answer would be an emphatic yes; I think that’s in part what the spirit of this service is - give people a comfortable place to be “a local” on their travels while the HO is traveling. But at the (hopefully) tail end of the pandemic I was nervous about international travelers and had to turn away three highly qualified applicants from outside the country, and it broke my heart. The US just reopened for vaccinated travelers, and the uncertainty about new variants arising and causing renewed border closures made me feel too uneasy. For our next sit, we absolutely will have no hesitation about welcoming foreign sitters, but for this upcoming one I wanted to play it safe and went with someone road-tripping around the US.

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@Amparo we love transatlantic cruises and have two booked for next year. It’s an amazing way to enjoy slow travel, especially when there’s no rush to get to your destination :wink:. Perfect form of transportation when traveling to/from Europe….no jet lag :heart_eyes:

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We are, and we have been accepted abroad too. We have a repeat sit in Portugal in December, and we have others confirmed in Switzerland next summer, and the UK for Christmas and new year so we can spend some time with our children.

We’ve also had people from the UK and Germany sit for us here in Spain in the last few months. Just need to get our first US sit for next year now!

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We are US based and have our first sit In the UK next summer. We plan to spend a few months overseas-returning to US to visit with grandkids, before they are back to school in the fall. We want to book some sits along the way, and hope to get up to Canada before the winter.

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I have sits booked in the UK as well, several weeks worth.

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I reckon we’d get on very well! :joy:

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Well there’s a lot of positivity here. Hoping to housesit in Europe early 2022 and then back to NZ when it opens up……

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Just waiting for them to open the doors! I am still waiting to make it down/up there. I guess it depends where you stand :rofl: :dancer:

Hope to catch you for tea in the UK somewhere or maybe in NZ! :wink:

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We’ve done it! Confirmed a sit yesterday for two and a half weeks in Florida, near the beach about an hour up the coast from Miami, in April next year, looking after a couple of gorgeous dogs. Now I’m on the lookout for sits to extend our trip, but even if we can’t we’re super happy with this one :blush:

It will be my first time in the States, and we’re so excited :blush:

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Well done! That’s a beautiful slice of Florida in a very good time of year!
Welcome!

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I live in the US and have been applying to sits in the UK in December and January. Two have selected me but many, many others have declined and said they are going with someone local or someone who is already travelling. That is very different from pre-COVID days. I am fully vaccinated, have been very responsible about sheltering in place and wearing a mask, and know the travel rules before I apply. So it is a little frustrating but also understandable. Hosts are worried about sitters having a problem and they are also worried about having to cancel their own travel plans and not wanting to do that for folks coming from abroad.

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Sounds great-depending in where you are coming from, the weather in April will definitely lend itself to some beach time. Enjoy!

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