My home is in Niagara Falls, Canada. Last month, out of choice, I did my first sit since the pandemic. For now, being within a 2-hour driving distance from my home is part of my criteria. I’m a 5-minute drive from the US border, but Canadian’s currently can only cross by air, not land.
I don’t think you should assume that many house sitters are not receiving replies. I have been with THS for seven years and, without exception, have always received a reply, and often quickly, and often kept updated when homeowners are not deciding quickly for whatever reason. In my experience, the majority of homeowners are excellent.
When you read through various tips here, for a new sitter aim for sits close to home, especially where you can offer to travel to them for an in-person chat as this is often a bonus for homeowners. Also, remember to personalize your applications. I study not only the listing but also the reviews of previous sitters, AND the reviews of the homeowner about those sitters. I do this before applying, so that I can see what has been important to the homeowner, or perhaps I should say pet owner, as that’s likely their priority.
If you have any questions for me, you can direct message me. Just click on my ‘snowbird’ and you’ll see ‘message’. That way conversations are kept private. Of course this works with anyone who is on this forum.
Happy travels, wherever they may take you.