Mine starts with a B.
3.5 possibly 4 weeks.
Does it end with an “i” ?
I’ll be in Chicago for an 18 day sit over Christmas and NYE. Our son and grandsons live close by, and will only be a short bus ride away. I’ll have the opportunity to see them during my time in the city. I’m pretty darn sure I’ll see some of the white stuff too
Could it be Bali?!? We used to spend Christmas in Bali during the 5 years that we lived in Indonesia. While it wasn’t a traditional Christmas (for me) in any sense of the word, it’s what our adult-aged children remember and reminisce about. We put white lights on an artificial Christmas tree that the kids decorated with temple flowers every morning. They gathered them from the grounds of the small hotel or villa where we stayed.
Ah, your upcoming Christmas in Bali brought back some wonderful memories. Thank you @Petermac !
How did you know?
This will be my 2nd Christmas in Bali, was there in 2019/2020.
I’m not sure the guy in the Santa suit knew what it was all about, but good on them for trying! And I bet he was hot in that suit.
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Yet another example of how the sitters here are as varied as the sits. I was born and raised just an hour from Brecon (Wales), but have lived my adult life in Canada. @LTD, as you look forward to the ‘fluffy white stuff’, I look to escape the guaranteed snow that we’ll have in winter in Niagara Falls.
My first out-of-country house and pet sit since the pandemic will be for a month over the Christmas/New Year holidays. I will be heading off to Mexico, to spend time with Peach, a cuddly dog, who lives in an oceanfront 5-star resort.
I’ve bought a one-way ticket as I hope to extend my stay by another two months, ideally with a sit or two. Otherwise, I will try out the airbnb option, or whatever else is available. This lack of set plans is a new adventure for me and I’m (still somewhat anxiously) looking forward to it. I have such respect for the full-time nomads here, and it’s given me the courage to do this trip without my itinerary all planned out. Hopefully all will go well.
How long can Canadians stay in Mexico? That sounds like it’s going to be a wonderful experience for you. Have you been before?
Mexico is very interesting and wonderful place with some equally kind people in my opinion.
Oh, @Amparo, you’ve touched on a hot topic with your question about timeframe. I can only speak as a Canadian, and don’t know the rules for other countries. It can be up to 180 days and, until recently, was usually almost an automatic given. However, apparently because of abuse of the process by some, immigration is applying the ‘up to’ more lately. It does create an uncertainty, but it’s something I will prepare for and handle as best I can.
I have been to Mexico many times - vacationing at an all-inclusive resort initially, then renting a self-catering unit, also as a volunteer ESL teacher, and more recently for two wonderful house sits - one at the beach and one inland in San Miguel de Allende. I love the culture of the people, the beauty of the villages, towns, and cities, and so much more. I have come to realize that my heart is always drawn back there, regardless of where else I travel.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been there but I have some very special memories. I used to do volunteer medical/surgical mission trips there in several different cities. It was extraordinary in so many different levels. As US citizens, we can also stay visa free 180 days and then I believe extend up to a year at the moment.
It is funny how one is drawn to a place for no apparent reason. I have felt that as well but I am now at the point where I am resisting that as my wanderlust is now calling me to discover what else is out there? I may never settle down.
I’ve tried so many times. it just doesn’t work for me
Sometimes I feel like Moana from the Disney film.
I have a string of 4 sits starting 3 Dec through 4 Jan in the UK. Over Christmas proper I’m sitting in a small town in the Scottish highlands with a pair of dogs for some folks who have a long list of good reviews.
Not with TH but I’ve spent a few Xmas holidays traveling.
Several years ago spent the week before Xmas in Vietnam - in HCM City on 24 Dec and had street food seafood for dinner with a group of folks. Then watched the crowds stream into Notre Dame cathedral for midnight mass.
The big stores were all decorated for the holidays with Christmas (and even Hanukkah) music playing.
Flew HCM City to Paris on Christmas day on AF. Had booked a premium economy ticket and there were 3 of us in PE on the flight. The purser moved us all up to the empty second business class cabin. SGN-CDG was a daylight flight the whole way and the sky was absolutely clear for the whole trip so could see the ground the whole way.
Just posted my listing - going to leave NYC for the holidays this year again. My previous sitter has now gotten herself a dog of her own, so no longer available haha!
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Welcome to the forum @barrejonas and thankyou for feeding back on our Christmas Poll. I’ve just had a peak at your sit and have already fallen in love with your gorgeous pup!!
When your human says who’s a good girl … and you already know it’s you
Have a wonderful Christmas wherever you are heading to!!
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We have booked 2 house-sits mid-December to mid-January. Both in the south of France. First one is a new one, second one is a return - been there once and visited the lady this fall to organise the christmas sit.
Last year we were sitting in a castle in French countryside.
2019 we were in Cornwall sitting a lovely golden retriever ; 2018 we stayed in Portugal with a sweet Labrador.
There are so many appealing listings at Christmas. We have been invited to several sits and it was heart-breaking to decline !
@Françoise-et-Youn I’ve just been browsing for the UK for when we confirm our dates to go back… as you say there are so many lovely sits and many in and around London! We had a magical sit there in Chelsea just minutes from the Thames a few Christmases ago! It’s my birth city but house sitting there was such a different experience and very special! I like the idea of a chateaux in France if we don’t get back
@Vanessa-Admin there are actually few listings in France in real château or such big and beautiful houses we would call them Manor ! For people in love with history and architecture it is for sure a « plus » !
We have been invited to London this year and had to decline. But why not next year ?? So many possibilities : we love it !
The family are all congregating this year for Christmas as we couldn’t all see each other last year
I am hoping to find a New Year sit though
That’s our plan too this year @Elle, although we might try and fit in a few short last minute sits that might be available for in-between family pet fixes Enjoy your family Christmas