Economical Way To Travel

The hottest new trend in vacations is house swapping. It's economical, fun and offers an opportunity to live like a local. Find out if house swapping is for you.

Key Exchange  

Picture yourself on your dream vacation in Tuscany. Your lodging is a small house on a hillside surrounded by flowers. All around are rolling hills of grapevines with a castle or two scattered off in the distance. The price of your lodging is even more amazing than the views – Free!

House swapping: What's it all about?

House swapping or home exchange is when two families in different parts of the country or world agree to trade homes for a vacation. Frequently, use of the family car goes along with the swap.

Location-Location-Location

Home exchanges are popular worldwide, especially in large cities like New York, London, and Paris. Don't be discouraged, however, if you live in a small town. Visitors are also interested in quiet, restful vacations where they can live like a local. The trick is selling the qualities of your small town and its surrounding areas.

Advantages of home exchanges

  • Money saved on lodging enables longer stays or more traveling
  • Peace of mind of someone watching your home 
  • A built in pet sitter while you're away
  • Houseplants will be cared for
  • Possible use of a car
  • Experiencing a different culture as a local 
  • Additional savings by "cooking in"
  • More space than a hotel room
  • New relationships with other homeowners

Disadvantages of home exchanges

  • Placing trust in a complete stranger
  • Accidental breakages may occur
  • Curious guests may snoop around your home
  • Coordinating vacation dates may be challenging
  • Last minute cancellations are difficult

Next page: How to get started on your house swap!

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