Let me take that mansion off of your hands.
I just discovered this amazing new (probably not that new) thing called Housesitting. People are actually letting strangers hangout in their houses for FREE while they're away. Of course some of these stays require a few household chores like walking dogs and watering plants... but when you can stay in CASTLE for FREE I think that's a pretty fair trade. Here's a few of my personal favorites.
1. CARRICK-ON-SHANNON, IRELAND
Responsibilities: With no central heating, the housesitter will have to be experienced with lighting open fires. Take care of the garden and two loveable dogs. APPLY HERE.
I can't light a fire for sh*t but I will totally take a class on it or whatever.
2. COTSWOLDS, UK
Responsibilities: Enjoy life. Play with two rescue dogs. APPLY HERE.
It's a good thing I'm totally great at enjoying life. Dogs are cool too.
3. SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
Responsibilities: Taking care of the house and the pool (in summer time). No pets, plants or garden to supervise. APPLY HERE.
You know, I'm not sure I'm qualified enough to vacation for free in Austria. I mean doing nothing but exploring the country? That sounds like A LOT to ask for.
4. ARIS, GREECE
Responsibilities: Look after the cat, do some gardening plus sleep on the premises for the duration of the house sitting. APPLY HERE.
FINE OKAY. I'll DO IT. I'll live with this hideous view while you're away. But I'm going to hate every minute of it.
5. LIBERTA, ANTIGUA
Responsibilities: Maintaining the swimming pool, feed and walk 2 dogs, and feed the cat. The main house will be shutting down to reduce the preparation required should a hurricane sweep through the region. APPLY HERE.
I mean... what's a little rain... Really? My main concern here is having to chill with a cat.
6. SAUTERES, GRENADA
Responsibilities: Sunbathe, swim in the pool, and take care of two rescue dogs. There is a weekly pool service and bi-weekly gardener, so the house sitter shouldn't have to do anything. APPLY HERE.
So you're saying I can do nothing and just sunbathe, swim and hangout in Grenada? How DREADFUL.
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