One of the obvious benefits to home swapping is the money you’ll save on hotel accommodations. Home exchange veterans will give you many more reasons they swap their homes! Here are the top ten:
Arlington Row Bibury by Saffron Blaze. Wikimedia Commons
Home Swap Reason #1 – Meet people around the world! The home exchange process means you’ll be reaching out to people in countries you never imagined as you search for the perfect swap. See: Getting to Know Your Home Swap Partner. You might be staying at a home in the English countryside and get invited over to the neighbor’s house for a pint or an afternoon tea!
Paris Market by Deror avi via Wikimedia Commons
Home Swap Reason #2 – A glorious kitchen! If you’re watching your diet, have allergies or are traveling with young children, cooking what you want in your “kitchen away from home” is a blessing! And three meals a day in restaurants gets expensive!
Imagine the adventure of shopping for healthy, fresh food in an outdoor market in Paris!
Home Swap Reason #3 – Space! Traveling with children and staying in a cramped hotel room can take the fun out of travel. With a home swap, you’ll stay in a family home where the kids can have their own rooms, perhaps even a play room or a tv room while you relax at the end of a day of touring with a glass of wine on the back deck. Priceless!
Relax on a mountainside deck!
Home Swap Reason #4 – Travel farther and stay longer than you ever imagined! You can stay anywhere in the world for free, like this elegant villa in Thailand with access to a top health/wellness spa that includes daily yoga & meditation, detox programs, Ayurvedic Center, traditional Thai steam room, sauna, hot tub, Thai massage, raw food classes, workshops, organic vegetable gardens & fruit orchards, health market and more. You’ll also save money on food since you won’t have to eat all three meals in restaurants, so you can treat yourself to little extras. Perhaps a Thai massage?
Elegant Villa in Thailand
Home Swap Reason #5 – Less luggage! How many suitcases full of clothes would you need for a 3-week vacation with the kids? Now imagine bringing half the amount of clothing since you’d have a full laundry room in a family-friendly homeswap! You’ll never worry about leaving behind essentials, since you’ll probably find most everything you need in your new home away from home! Travel light and carefree!
Napa Valley Home
Home Swap Reason #6 – Your own personal concierge! Home swap partners offer the best insights into what to see and do during your stay in their home! This California home is owned by the author of a guidebook to the Napa Valley and you’ll find a copy available for your use when you stay here!
Home Swap Reason #7 – Independence! Visiting far-away family for the holidays, reunions or weddings can be a strain on accommodating family members, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Meals and shower times have to be organized and someone always ends up having to sleep on the old, lumpy futon in the computer room. Staying in a home swap gives you the independence of your own home-away-from home, with comfortable accommodations, your own kitchen and the freedom to come and go as you please. Home swaps are available everywhere, from small towns to major cities, like this spacious, kid-friendly family home in Denver, Colorado with 6 bedrooms and 5 baths!
Family home in Denver, Colorado
Home Swap Reason #8 – Perks! You not only get a home away from home, you might also get a car, a BBQ, jacuzzi, gym membership, bicycles…perhaps even hard-to-get tickets to a concert! Here are some ideas on negotiating perks for your swap: Negotiating Perks on Your Home Swap
Home Swap Garden in Washington
Home Swap Reason #9 - Your house is cared for while you travel. Eliminate the worry of leaving your home unoccupied, especially during long trips. And if you have a lawn that will need mowing or gardens that might require tending, the right home swap partners would be happy to oblige!
Home Swap Reason #10 – Live like a local in exotic destinations! Flying off to far-away lands is a traveler’s dream. But navigating a foreign culture and language (especially in destinations like China and Russia where there’s also an indecipherable alphabet) can be a challenge, especially if you’re traveling off the beaten path. Staying in a local’s home gives home swappers a good foundation in foreign lands. Here’s an Austrian family with a home in Hong Kong who generously offer local travel suggestions for their swapping partners.
Gardens near a homeswap in Sai Kung/Hong Kong
Ready to start swapping? Here’s how to get started: Getting Started on Your Home Swap
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