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Is that a weird question? LOL I hope not! It seems that I've seen in various email loops, and maybe here, of homeschool/unschool families that like to travel, and are willing to house-sit, in exchange for the free place to stay.<br><br>
Anyone know of a good place to ask for something like that? I was just thinking of all the times we'll need housesitting this Spring and Summer, and how we live in such a touristy town, and the house is so kid-friendly and all... got the wheels turning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thanks for any tips!
 

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Oooh, neat idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If we had the gas money, I'd love to do that with my kids. We love trips.
 

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Well...it isn't quite the focus of the list, but there is the <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/untraveler/" target="_blank">untraveller</a> yahoo group, that might be helpful.
 

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if you are looking for a place that your family can vacation as well, you can always google the home exchange or something. then you can just swap homes with someone who lives in your desired destination for the summer. if you only need someone to come to your house, perhaps you could try craigslist? here's an article on how to find a free house sitter:<br><a href="http://www.frugalfun.com/find-a-housesitter.html" target="_blank">http://www.frugalfun.com/find-a-housesitter.html</a><br><br>
hope it helps<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I haven't checked over at the NC/SC/TN tribe today but have you tried posting over there?<br><br>
We're just north of Chapel Hill and love Asheville. I'm sure you won't have any problem finding someone willing to housesit for you!! Our only trip out there since we moved to NC we stayed at the Arthaus...I think you might have been one of the mamas that directed me there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Great experience!!
 

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Oooh, fun! What a great idea, to have a homeschooling family housesit! I was thinking "home exchange" when I read your post, like a previous poster. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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There is a new Unschooling group for travelers. Someone there may be interested! It is called Un-Travelers.<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/untraveler/?yguid=287472904" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/untrav...guid=287472904</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">This group was created to bring unschoolers and eclectic homeschoolers together from around the world! It should be a way to find people with similar interests to be your "tour guides", in a sense, in your world travels.<br><br>
There will be host families, and traveling families. The job of the host family will be to help the traveling family plan their trip. They will help them figure out where to stay (near the host family), what type of activities to do, where to eat, how much money to bring, etc. Then, when the traveling family arrives, the host family will help show them how "the locals" live! The parties involved will decide how much, or how little vacation time will be spent together.<br><br>
If you are interested in being a host family, just fill out the database. Then, the traveling families can browse the database, and find a host family with similar interests, in a location that they want to visit.<br><br>
If you are going to be a traveling family, it is preferred that you also offer to be a host family. You don't have to have a lot of money, a fancy house, or live in an exotic place to do it. You just have to be willing to open yourself up to another's way of life!<br><br>
It is not recommended to make plans to stay in someone's home when you are traveling, especially if you have never met. That way, if things don't go as well as hoped, the travelers won't have to rely on the host family, and the host family won't get "stuck" with the travelers. If need be, each can go their separate ways!<br><br>
The group is just here to help families hook up. All travel plans should be made offline. This is a private group, so messages and other features will be visible to only the group members, and new members will be heavily moderated. (Spammers will be excommunicated!) Though just to be on the safe side, phone numbers and addresses especially should be shared offline.<br><br>
This should be fun! Go see the world!!!!!</td>
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Hey J. I just heard this article on NPR all about how housesitting is becoming very popular. You can listen here and I think some links are attached. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6923808" target="_blank">http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=6923808</a><br><br>
And by the way......it's a great question!<br><br>
I need to pm you as it looks like we won't be out your way after all. boo hoo.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br>
As always, it's a cost thing. Anyway I'll pm you with more.<br><br>
Sending you love. R
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: Oh Regina... that sucks. I know the cost is a HUGE issue! I am feeling blessed that the conference is here, or else we probably couldn't go, but on the other hand, I am seriously jonesing for Colorado right now!! I so miss all the creeks that the Spring brings...<br><br>
Wuwei - thanks for the link - off to check it out!<br><br>
EVERYONE - Thanks for all the good tips - keep them coming! I posted in the FYT forum for the area with a run-down of our house, as well as the dates we need and what our pets require, maybe that'll get something. I also have been asking around locally for something like a dogsit swap... sort of a babysitting coop, but a dogsitting coop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> We'll see how that goes!
 

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EVERYONE - Thanks for all the good tips - keep them coming! I posted in the FYT forum for the area with a run-down of our house, as well as the dates we need and what our pets require, maybe that'll get something. I also have been asking around locally for something like a dogsit swap... sort of a babysitting coop, but a dogsitting coop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> We'll see how that goes!</div>
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Julie, you always have the best signatures!!!!
 
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