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Alison Browne is what you might call a modern-day nomad.


I knew I would like her when she also told me that she has always had the notion that she is secretly French.  (Me too, me too, me too!)


Alison was born in Montréal and taught elementary school for twenty-eight years.


She has explored the world; living in a jungle house in Costa Rica; with a Spanish family in Guatemala; and while driving a jeep on the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia.


And those are just a few of the countries she experienced in Latin America.



Alison in front of a jungle tree in Nicaragua!


Alison has similarly travelled Europe and South East Asia, focussing on what is known as Slow Travel”, an approach that emphasizes a deeper connection: to local people, cultures, food, and music.


One of the more creative ways to do this is by House Sitting.  



You could end up living in a French manor!



The appeal of House Sitting is you stay free of charge, and sometimes for lengthier stays, in some dreamy places and houses, while the owners are away.


Usually, there are a few chores to tend to, some light gardening, other house maintenance, and quite often, pets to babysit, such as a cat or a dog.


Or chickens.


Or maybe a goat and a few donkeys.


Taking care of three donkeys in Brittany!


How would you like to babysit these two cuties?



Alison has done it all!


Naturally not everything turns out exactly as advertised but that too is part of the thrill of housesitting.


The port of Honfleur in Normandy



Alison has now moved to Paris where she gives tours and does travel consulting.


She also writes about her adventures through her website called Dreamer at


Believe me, Alison has plenty of tales, and I look so forward to interviewing her in November as part of my Women of Global Interest series.



Alison says she gets very attached to her housemates!



This will be such fun so please join us.


See below for details.


Have you ever engaged in House Sitting as a means to travel to exotic locations?


I would love to hear from you.  Please comment as indicated below.


Note: All photos courtesy of Alison Browne



Alison Browne in Paris



House Sitting in France and Beyond

My Interview with Alison Browne

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

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  1. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on October 17, 2021 at 8:19 am

    House sitting is lots of fun.
    Great piece Diana
    Thank you

    • Diana Bishop on October 18, 2021 at 11:53 am

      Love to hear your experiences Twink! Diana

  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on October 17, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Undoubtedly, Alison Browne has some marvellous stories to tell about all her worldly travels!!!

    • Diana Bishop on October 18, 2021 at 11:53 am

      I hope you can join us Gretchen! Diana

  3. Luci Rizzo on October 17, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I am very much looking forward to this one. Its always been a dream of mine to “slow travel” , i didn’t know there was a name for it. I have always been interested in these house sitting opportunities in wonderful settings. I will be there w ears opened wide, eyes too lol.

    • Diana Bishop on October 18, 2021 at 11:53 am

      Me too! So glad you will be joining me Luci. As an annual member you are already registered! See you then, Diana

  4. Shardie Stevenson on October 18, 2021 at 10:35 am

    I would simply love to house sit in France ! We should plan that BFF!!! ❤️🏡

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