Heres a new idea for how to spend your holidays! The phenomenon of exchanging houses has been growing for several years now. It allows travellers to significantly reduce their holiday costs. An exchange consists of two parties mutually agreeing to allow one another to stay in each others home simultaneously or successively. It is, of course, all for free. The swap takes place at a time that is convenient for all involved and sometimes may even include the use of the homeowners vehicle.
Thanks to this rather new concept, the costs usually associated with renting a hotel room are eliminated. The only thing that may cost you is putting your trust in strangers who, in turn, will come and stay in your home. This being said, the majority of people who have tried this out were satisfied. More than just a cost-effective option, it is a new way of travelling. By staying in a house or an apartment, immersion into the city or the country you are visiting becomes more intense. Staying anywhere other than in a hotel means more contact with the locals. It often entails, for example, preparing your own meals, which requires going out and purchasing the products at the nearby supermarket and mixing with the local population. All of this adds to the authenticity of your holiday. Also, the comfort afforded by an apartment or a house is a lot greater than what you find in hotel rooms, in which you can sometimes feel slightly claustrophobic.
Several Internet platforms help put interested parties into contact with one another. The www.homeexchange.com website has more than 40,000 listings in 148 countries. houseexchange.org.uk and homelink.org.uk are also among the most popular home exchange sites. You just have to choose one and sign up to get into contact with potential exchangees and start looking at terms and dates. Swap away!