Several years ago, a friend living in Brooklyn told me that she had stayed for free all summer in a swanky, upper east-side NYC apartment. All she had to do was feed two cats. That’s it. It was a friend of a friend of a friend kind of connection. I couldn’t believe it! I’d heard about this house sitting thing, but it seemed way … Continue reading Live abroad for FREE with a house sitting gig
Nostalgic Lisbon had been a sun-dappled dream, but my 90 Schengen Zone days were rapidly coming to an end. I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with my morning pingado and pastel de nata, but as a non-EU citizen without a long-term visa, the rules in place allowed me only 3 months of basking in the European lifestyle. But unwilling to accept defeat, I did … Continue reading Loving and Leaving the Schengen Zone
(Notes from my house sitting experience back in late 2011 through spring 2012) Karpaz is one of those places that many people have never heard of and will never see in its current pristine state. Even its geographical distance from the western world only underscores how distant our understanding is of truly untouched wildlife, of isolated and unspoilt nature. But it exists, here among the … Continue reading A Paradise Lost: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 1
If you dream about traveling, whether it’s across the country or around the world, now is the time to do it. But you’ve probably made the excuses to yourself and to others that you don’t have money to travel, right? Well, let me say this: even if all you’ve got is the weekend, you can still really pack in a lot of incredible adventures by … Continue reading How to travel for FREE!