House Swapping Vacations to Save
Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Do you love to travel, but have a hard time justifying spending hundreds of dollars on hotels and lodging? If so, house swapping may be just the thing for you! There are thousands upon thousands of successful house swaps every year. Just think Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz in The Holiday (2006). Who knows, maybe you’ll even find your very own Jude Law during your house swapping vacation (don’t we all wish)!
What, Exactly, Is House Swapping?
House swapping is a fun way to vacation without the cost or inconvenience of hotels or rentals. Basically, you find someone in another part of the world who wants to swap houses with you for a certain amount of time at a date that works for both of you. It can be a short swap, or possibly a much longer one!
There are many different types of house swaps. You might trade a home for a home, a home for an RV, or maybe even an Italian villa for a yacht! Sometimes swappers will even include their cars for each other to use to get around during their stay. The endless possibilities are really an exciting way to plan a vacation.
Who is House Swapping For?
House swapping is ideal for anyone looking for a free vacation accommodation who is willing to open their home up in return. By choosing to swap homes, you will have all the benefits of home living (a fully stocked kitchen, multiple rooms, space to relax) without the monetary expense of vacation home rentals. House swapping is great for just about anyone – families, friends, singles, couples, young professionals, and retirees.
Where Do You Find A House to Swap?
There are plenty of online resources to help you find someone to swap homes with. Several sites where you can views available houses and post your own include:
What are the Benefits of House Swapping?
The reason I love house swapping is because when you stay at someone’s house, you get a much more personal and intimate experience with the area and its local culture. You will also have the freedom to relax at home, cook, and come and go as you please. Also, when you swap houses, you know your house is being taken care of while you are away so you don’t need to pay any extra for a house sitter. Who knows, maybe your connection with your house swapping partners will turn into a long-lasting friendship!