On House Sitting websites like Trusted House Sitters there are lots of opportunities for free accommodation in hot, well-known countries like Australia, Spain and Italy:
|LR three of our favourite House sits at the Gold Coast, Malaga and Ancona.|
Finland has a lot of space and not a lot of people (5 million) - hence it has lots of beautiful, unspoiled landscapes. Trees and rocks thrive here:
And lots of dog photo shoots:
We have seen so many hares here it's crazy. We are in a suburban part of Helsinki - 20 minutes away from the centre by metro, but there are lots of wooded areas and lots of hares. Sometimes they even come and sit on the lawn.
'The Moomins' was one of my favourite cartoons as a kid - and they come from Finland! Thus they are everywhere: porridge, mugs, sweets, t-shirts.. they even have Moomin tea! They're the best.
The Music is shockingly good
We'd heard that the heavy metal scene is popular in Finland - and we have seen a lot of piercings and punky hairstyles. But Finnish music is much more than heavy metal. Their 'normal' music is great! We can't understand a word of course, but it really works. They play American and British music too, but for some reason only the stuff we like, and Nightwish.
Helsinki is a great city. It's really clean and very 'unthreatening'. We like it a lot, so much so that it's going to get its very own post. It's great to have a House Sit so near it. Without House Sitting we would still have visited Helsinki, at some point, but we would never have been able to afford to stay so long here if we were staying in hotels/hostels etc.
So far I've mainly given you reasons to go to Finland, but I want to stress that when you do come to Helsinki you must House Sit, because:
1. House Sitting is free accommodation!
Finland is expensive! There is no getting around it, unless of course you spend $0 on accommodation. Just think about all the money you could save and how much Moomin merchandise you could buy instead.
2. The Home Owners will (hopefully) lend you some extra clothes!
Finland is freezing. It's the furtherest we've ever been above the equator and with our 'hand luggage only' rule on flights we would have been stuffed! Luckily our Home Owners agreed to let us borrow their gloves/hats/clothes.
3. You already know some locals
Our Home Owners also picked us up from the airport and gave us loads of maps/ brochures and recommendations of the best places to go in Helsinki. Very useful!
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