Kevin, out for a hike in the beautiful country of Lesotho, Africa. Photo taken February 13, 2014.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

House sitting

We are currently house sitting here in Kingston, Ontario for 4 months while the owners are away. They wanted somebody to live here and look after things until they get back. So we shovel the snow, and bring in the mail, and generally make the place look "lived in"...because it is being lived in!

It's not always totally "free". Usually, the longer term agreements have the house sitter paying the utility costs, as we are doing here in Kingston. Our total utility cost for the month of November was $260. But the shorter (one or two week) house sitting deals are typically in exchange for watering the plants, or looking after pets.

We never realized just how many people are looking for someone to live in their home. We signed up at when we realized how many opportunities exist worlwide.

There are opportunities, both short and long term, in France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and many other places around the world, from 1 week to 6 months.

We plan on doing a lot of house sitting in the future!


  1. We want to incorporate house sitting into our plans as well. We figure that between RV'ing, and house sitting, we can travel and experience different locales, and not kill the budget !!
    BTW...we are very much enjoying your daily blog, we have so much in common, except you are one step ahead of us, and actually doing it, rather than us just planning...LOL. Safe travels tomorrow, on your journey. T'nT

  2. We are really enjoying your blog. Also from Ottawa, newly retired, in our fifties with a much loved dog we can really relate to your lifestyle. Thank you for all the helpful info. Perhaps our paths will cross

    1. Hi Bob and Denise. We'll be in Ottawa from October 7th to the 31st. Not sure how much free time we'll have, but if you want to get together, send us a note around that time!


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