Top 10 International Locations To House Sit

Posted July 8, 2013 by Charli Moore in Top 10

House sitting is fast becoming a savvy way to see the world and save a huge chunk of your travel fund at the same time. Avoiding hotels has its bonuses, whether you are exploring off the beaten track locations, soaking up some culture in the city or getting to grips with life in the suburbs.

Living like a local opens up a whole different dimension to your stay and house sitting internationally is a feasible alternative to the low cost staycation. While house sitting abroad will likely save you a large portion of your budget it will also provide you with a totally unique experience, one that would unlikely be repeated in rented accommodation.

So, where are the most popular locations to walk a mile in the shoes of a local? We’ve compiled our top 10 below.

Auckland, New Zealand


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If culture is your cup of tea then house sitting in Auckland is right up your street. Take a stroll through Parnell and admire the surrounding Victorian architecture, or shop till you drop in the trendy suburb of Ponsonby.

Visit the botanic gardens or indulge in gourmet cuisine. Galleries, theatres and museums litter the city centre and there are cafés galore in which to rest your weary legs.

Ojochal, Costa Rica


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Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and far removed from the tourism driven north, Ojochal is a hidden gem deep in the jungles of Southern Costa Rica. Set back from the main highway this little village is a multicultural hub offering visitors and residents a unique place to escape for some rest and relaxation.

Toucans, sloths, parrots, morpho butterflies and howler monkeys will pop into the garden throughout the day and spectacular sunsets filled with shades of orange and pink will light your evenings.

New York, USA


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Why not take the opportunity to live like a local in the city that never sleeps? The ‘Big Apple’ is famed for its diverse culture, mouth-watering culinary offerings and electric nightlife so your stay in New York is never going to be anything other than truly memorable.

Finding a house sitting assignment in New York could potentially save you hundreds of dollars in accommodation costs, so keep an eye out for an opportunity that suits your schedule.

Lucca, Italy


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Known historically for its production of fine silks and even finder olive oil Lucca is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. A picturesque medieval town full of cobbled streets, quaint churches, art galleries and piazzas just waiting to be discovered, this is great place to walk a mile in a the shoes of a local resident.

Suva, Fiji

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Paradise for most is the thought of white sandy beaches, lush tropical rain forest and azure blue waters, and Fiji embodies all three. If you’re keen to get a little taste of remote living then house sitting on Suva would offer a great introduction to the merits of island life.

London, England

Signs From The Underground

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While house sitting in London, spend your days exploring the city aboard the underground, chase the pigeons in Trafalgar Square, learn about life behind bars in the London dungeons and take a cruise on the river Thames.

Check out the multi-cultural fare on Brick Lane in the east and dress in your best for a night out along the Kings Road in the West. Another of the world’s most expensive cities in which a house sitting assignment could severely reduce your spend on accommodation.

Los Angeles, USA

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Home to the rich and famous LA has more to offer than first meets the eye. With over 75 miles of coastline, neighbourhoods that are bursting with international influence and of course a shopping experience quite unlike anywhere else on earth, there’s plenty to fill your itinerary while house sitting in The City of Angels.

Ko Samui, Thailand

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A hive of activity Ko Samui is famed for its ability to entice everyone from budget travellers to high rollers. With pearly white sands to laze upon, Buddhist temples to explore and island culture to sample this is a superb alternative to your bog standard beach vacation.

A wave of expats are buying up their own piece of paradise assignments on the island, so get your application in fast.

Perth, Australia


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Along with the usual cultural gems, house sitters in Perth have a rich coastline on their doorstep that is easily accessible year round. With a Mediterranean climate offering an endless supply of sunshine there’s plenty of opportunity to explore all that the city has to offer.

When you’ve had your fill of the surrounding landscape, retreat into the CBD for a little culture and retail therapy, or hit the beach and hone your surfing skills.

Paris, France


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Mecca of art, architecture, fashion and gastronomy Paris is the ideal location in which to soak up some French culture. Explore the windy cobbled streets, sample superb wines and enjoy mouth-watering food.

Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and watch the sunset over the city, immerse yourself in the city’s museums or lose yourself in one of the many second hand book shops.

If you’re keen to live like a local in any of these alluring destinations then check out this handy house sitting guide to learn how to secure your dream assignment.

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About the Author

Charli Moore

Travel writer and blogger Charli is a digital nomad currently travelling the world with her other half Ben. Whether backpacking through Central America or road tripping around Australia they embrace each and every opportunity for adventure. Read more about their insatiable wanderlust on their blog, Wanderlusters.

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