I was fascinated, and to be honest upset, by an article that appeared in the Daily Mail yesterday. Remember this is set against a time of great economic difficulty in the USA. A time when many families are having real difficulty making ends meet.
They quoted White House sources who claimed that the First Lady has spent $10 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.
The article continued:
The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.
And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.
I thought about this excess and then compared it to one of our housesitters who recently completed a 12 month round the world trip. He and his wife started from England and visited New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, America, Canada, Spain and France. Because he planned it carefully he was able to find suitable house sits for all but 2 weeks of the 12 month vacation and so his vacation rent bill for 50 of their 52 weeks trip of a lifetime came to a total of ZERO.
Now I am sure that their accommodation was not up to the same standard as Michelle Obama enjoyed at either the $2.000 a night Sebastian hotel. or that the family will enjoy for $50,000 per week at Martha’s Vineyard but this couple told me that their accommodation was always up to a very good standard. They stayed in houses in the city, farms out in the country and everything in between. At a number of places they were even given the free use of a motor car.
Most of our sitters only want a couple of weeks in a single location but even then their savings by house sitting can be tremendous.
Remember you will be staying rent-free, you will be in the home of a Christian who is away and grateful that you are looking after their house and finally please remember 100% of your annual membership fees (just £25 for a year) goes to help feed hungry children.
Christian House Sitters is a Ministry not a business.
God bless you,