Question Of The Week - Domestic or International Sits?

Domestic for me probably until next year. None in the immediate future unfortunately - we are likely going back to a stay at home order for the next four weeks here in Ontario.

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International. We really love Europe and are happiest when we can find a 1-3 week sit in a small village where we can relax and “live like locals”. We tend to avoid larger centres.

If we can’t travel internationally this year, we may try to find a sit in the Maritime provinces of Canada this fall.

We would also like to find find a sit in Arizona (for sun) or maybe on the north island of New Zealand in Feb/March 2022 so we can visit our grandkids in Auckland.

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So sad that your little cat died. I lost one of my dogs last week too. It’s so hard x

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We are applying for both depending on the time we have. Domestic is normally easier to arrange, International needs to be longer and better planned.

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We’re also ‘nomads,’ so the distinction only applies based on where we are at the moment. We’ve been fortunate to have our visas extended multiple times in multiple countries due to COVID, so we can avoid traveling too much. I hope THS considers a way for us to indicate this on our profile in the future. This seems particularly important in terms of covid, when someone may be located in a particular country for a long time, even though their profile says they’re from another country.

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@ere are you aware that you can change your location on your profile? That way you may be offered sits by owners in your current location. I sit mostly in SE Asia, and will change my location to the country I am travelling to, or sitting in, if I have some unbooked time. I have been approached a few times this way, Singapore a few times.

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Hi @ere welcome to our forum as @Petermac says you can change your location, which many nomads do. We are so glad you have joined and look forward to hearing about your travels and experiences, you must have many wonderful memories of pets, people and places.

After an incredibly challenging year for full time travellers, curios to know if this has this changed the way you view your nomadic lifestyles? There are nomads who have decided to put down roots once again.

Enjoy connecting with other members …

Angela & The Team

Domestic for us in France now (unless it’s easy to cross close-by Euro borders). We’ve just come back to the UK for a quick visit to pick up last of our belongings and see family, and the tests and home isolation package is so expensive (and badly run) - it will have cost us almost £600 for two of us by time we get back to France in a couple of weeks.

Yesterday it was reported that even vaccinated people will need to have both a leaving and entry test for “green” rated countries. It’s a lot cheaper in Europe (our French tests were free), but our thoughts are to just enjoy sits in France - we’ve already done 3 this year, with 3 more booked in some amazing locations. We will definitely consider international again one day when the world has decided how to re-invent travel without continual changes to the systems :slight_smile: We are hanging up our “nomad” shoes for a bit, but not forever! I have to say, now we’ve made that decision to settle more, I feel much more relaxed.

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We are so glad for you @vanessaanderson and thank you for everything you do for our housesitting community a true beacon of support, help and advice … safe travels and enjoy you spot of peace and relaxation

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We’ve just started applying for domestic sits here in the UK again. We’ve only done 3 sits so far, all in the UK and it seems sensible to continue this in 2021.

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Thank you @Angela-CommunityManager & @Petermac. I was actually referring to something a little more complex. I’ve had homeowners tell me that they sort based on location (which makes sense), but if I know I’m going to be in X country in three months, there’s no way to indicate that on the profile. Moreover, we had one awkward situation where a sitter thought we were UK permanent residents when we showed up and we had to explain our complicated nomad/covid situation. That wasn’t a big deal because we could explain, but I having the ability to say we’ll be in X country between these dates would be enormously helpful. Thanks for reading!

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Thank you for the feedback @ere this is where the forum comes into its own. … @Ben-Product

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I am applying for just UK sits this year so am not relying on air or ferry travel. If my application reaches the communication stage, then I find out where the HO is going before I commit. If they are staying in the UK then it is less likely to be cancelled due to Covid.

Whilst writing, I am sure I have seen a sitter on this thread posting a photo of themselves in Scotland with 2 dogs called Rory and Ollie. I now cannot find it. Could this be the same two black labradors that we have sat for in Balquidder?

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Hi @Itchyfeet you did indeed see a pic of Scotland it was posted by Alice in How did you discover house sitting? - #25 by Alice

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So sorry to hear, thinking of you xx

It’s domestic sits at present here in Australia! Although I’m longing to return to the UK to continue sitting over there and seeing loved ones, I can’t see international travel being made available to us this year, especially with the very slow roll-out of our vaccine program. The best we could hope for is a sit in New Zealand.