Where: Pet-sitting in Hermanus, South Africa (75 miles / 120 km from Cape Town)
When: July 2013
How we found it: Several months ago we joined a few house-sitting websites, including HouseCarers; they generally act as a social media-type of site matching house-sitters with home owners. We update our profile with our country of location so that we will receive email notices when someone is seeking house-sitters in our country. (For example, I’ve updated our profiles to show that we will be available for house-sits in Namibia between November 2013 and March 2014. If anyone from Namibia posts an inquiry for housesitters during that time period, I’ll receive an email and we can decide whether to apply.)
How much: Free (except for the $50 annual membership fee to Housecarers.com), but we are responsible for feeding the gardener and housekeeper (once per week), and we have 3 pets to care for.
Pros: Lovely home in a major seaside destination, and it’s fun to have pets again, even for a short while!
Cons: No exploring outside of a day trip for a few hours, home in time to feed the pack.