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House-sit and see the world for free

Is there such a thing as a free holiday? House-sitting comes pretty close. Here’s our guide on how to do it, with advice from experienced ‘sitters’

If you’re at all familiar with the Home Alone movies, you’ll understand that the moment a house is left vacant a pair of bumbling criminals will try and break into it. And not everyone has a Macaulay Culkin equivalent they can leave behind as a security guard. That’s where the house-sitter comes in. In exchange for free accommodation, homeowners hand over their keys to people willing to take care of their house while they’re away.

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Driveaway: how to drive across the US and Canada for free

Want to avoid paying for car rental on a North America road trip? Become a driveaway or drive out courier and deliver someone else’s car for free or nearly free. We tell you how to sign up

America really is the land of the automobile – a nation of gas guzzlers, and the spiritual home of the road trip. Each year countless hire cars, motorhomes and camper vans are driven across the country as Americans and visitors tour the land. As a consequence, car and motorhome hire companies are in constant need of drivers to take vehicles back and forth to the right destinations – often to the place where they started the trip – for each new wave of road trippers.

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