I traveled out of state while owning a home. My husband and I wanted to keep the home in case we didn't like traveling. Well, a year and a half later... we love the place we traveled to (Florida) and never left. And we still own the home in Kentucky.
My family checked on my house. My words of wisdom are> TURN OFF THE WATER! LOL... for real, my dad was checking on the house weekly. One day he came over and found the house flooded because of a freak toilet malfunction. We had to file a homeowner's claim for over $25,000. It was a nightmare. Our insurance agent was mad that we left and didn't turn off the water, but honestly we never thought of it.
It was nice to have the house so we could go home and visit but now we definitely want to get rid of it and can't. We had it on the market for a year. We decided to stay in this particular area and my company wouldn't pay for housing anymore because i had been here so long. So we kind of got in a bind, but we were blessed that some family members recently sold their home and were looking for a place to stay for a while so they are helping us out.
That's my experience... it definitely can be done but turn off the water!!