October 15, 2009
House Sitting Around the World
For those who travel the world on a budget, there are several options that...
...are affordable, relatively safe and will certainly allow you into some intriguing corners of this wide world we share.
I must admit that my favorite aspect of travel is meeting people from places I barely knew existed. And staying in expensive hotels is not only far beyond my budget, but also keeps me isolated from the very people (culture, foods and art) I am determined to see.
Here are a couple of diversions from the usual tourist track approach to travel:
How about house-sitting?
If you want to have a residence as a home base as you explore a region, consider house-sitting. It is free. Check it out at http://www.housesitworld.com/
Here's an excerpt from the website:
"A house sitter lives in someone else's home while they are away, providing a mutually beneficial service -
to themselves and the home owner.
A house sitter cares for the house, garden, pets, forwarding mail, their day to day expenses, and provides property security simply by being there.
Property owners save the worry of committing to a lease or leaving an empty house and the expense of boarding pets, pool maintenance, lawn mowing, etc.
In return, house sitters gain rent free accommodation which is of immense value for anyone saving for their own home or simply looking for an affordable holiday."
I haven't used this particular service, but it looks like a wonderful opportunity to immerse one's self into a culture and meet fascinating people around the world.
If you have used a service like this, let us know. Especially with the economy the way it is, we are all looking for a good deal - and we shouldn't have to restrict our love of travel - right?
It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together. We can learn as much from the past as from the present. And we can learn as much from using and stretching our imaginations as from studying our textbooks.
Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.
Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.
My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.
About the author of this entry:
Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.
Posted by mmorf at October 15, 2009 11:27 PM
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Wow, Awesome post - ESL Lesson Plan: House Sitting Around the World was a great read. I'm such a newbie when it comes to all this, Thanks for this!
Posted by: Raylene Bruton at April 17, 2010 10:36 PM