I’ve just joined a website-based group called Trusted Housesitters. It was recommended by a cousin who’s turned to them for a number of years, with great success.
The site connects people who want to live “as part of/within” different areas and communities with those who want to travel/be away.
One pays for an annual membership - as a house sitter, or home (and pet) owner, or both. Other than membership fee, no money involved.
I am SO impressed with what has happened in the few days since joining!
Created a profile including estimated travel dates for a x-c trip I was dreaming about (in May/June). Within a day had 10 fabulous applications for looking after my entire place, including the farm animals, my two housecats, the grounds, everything.
Selected a lovely couple, we talked for an hour yesterday, it clearly is a legit site/resource, they are “legit” and — I feel SO freed up. With this sort of option, I have a feeling I am REALLY going to use my Escape - oh, we will have adventures. Wasn’t sure how to manage it, up til now!!!
Hope it’s ok to post this here - I promise, I am NOT on the payroll of the Trusted Housesitters, I am just so excited to know about them.