Hey Skint pals,
Hope you’re having a great summer, in spite of the soggy weather. Perhaps you’re heading abroad to escape the rain, or are holding out to see what the last-minute deals have to offer. What with the new baby Skint still boxfresh, my holiday will be a UK affair this year – a week on a farm which, handily enough, also happens to have its own pool and beauty salon. Every farm should really, don’t you think?
But I’m already longingly planning next year’s getaway to somewhere hot and I’ll definitely be checking out this find where people across Europe are looking for housesitters , the closest thing to a free holiday (apart from houseswapping) there could be. A registration fee of £19 is all that’s needed to gain access to people looking for housesitters in almost 50 countries. From villas on the beach to city penthouses, you can stay in any of them for free. Of course there’s a catch, but I think it’s a pretty teeny one – people often want housesitters to look after their pet whilst they’re away, so if you’re petrified of dogs or if cats make you sneeze your choices will be more limited but not zero. For those of us who aren’t allergic, I think looking after a cat in exchange for a free holiday is a great deal.
And here’s the bit I find most exciting: many of the housesits on offer are for fairly long periods, so if you’re able to work remotely from someone else’s place you could take an extended break for a good few weeks of the summer. Hmm, I’m already planning to flee the country next summer. . .
Of course the other best and cheapest way to bag a free holiday is good old houseswapping. I’ve considered it many times in the past and always chickened out – mainly cos I couldn’t face getting our place into pristine condition for visitors. But the lure of a totally free holiday might be enough to get me reaching for the Mr Muscle, especially as many of the homes available on house swapping websites come with pools, hot tubs and all kinds of goodies. Of the two options though, it’s housesitting that gets my vote – there aren’t the same risks to my own house, or the same amount of work, that might come with houseswapping and the idea of a long break really appeals to me.
Do you have any other schemes on how to bag free or cheap holidays? What have you got up your sleeve that you’re willing to share?