Home exchange refers to people trading their accommodation for another persons accommodation for short or long term holidays. It is the modern form of holiday and travel and is suitable for both individuals and families that are wanting to get the most out of their holiday and looking to save money.
Home exchange has been around for decades. It might take a few e-mails, messages, faxes or international phone calls to arrange the swap, but once you have agreed most things fall into place.
Together with exchanging homes you may swap cars - brilliant for low-cost touring or day trips. You also swap advice about local sights, services, pubs and bargain shopping.
People unfamiliar with the process are often concerned that their home won't be suitable - perhaps too small, or in an unfashionable location.
These concerns are rarely obstacles to a successful swap; after all, home is home, and if you're happy with your place, chances are someone else will be, too. Home swappers can be singles, family groups or retirees. Teachers have embraced the concept more than any other profession, perhaps due to their holiday or work-exchange opportunities, and self-employed people often have the flexibility to take holidays.
Not that holiday home swapping is purely for international travel. Many travelers happily trade homes around their own nation.
Once bitten by the vacation home exchange bug, many people choose to swap homes in different locations every year. Although the majority of home swappers trade once a year, it is possible to fit two or three swaps in a typical year, especially if you are arranging short weekend trips. Even local trades are possible–and practical–for those who don’t want to travel far.
Because, when all is said and done, a home vacation exchange is the single most logical, reasonable, sensible, indeed brilliant, method of vacationing in travel today. Instead of leaving your home or apartment empty and unused during the time of your vacation, you derive a benefit from it, you treat it as an asset. You trade places temporarily for another home or apartment, eliminating all costs of lodgings from your vacation budget.
How to get started with Home Exchanging