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House Swapping Vacations to Save

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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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!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!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.