Do you know that a house exchange program is one of the most interesting ways to travel at low cost while having a very unique holiday experience?
Here are a few reasons why:
There are free vacations available worldwide. Swap homes for a free vacation home-away-from-home. There are many people offering home swaps everyday through agencies. You get to live in someone else’s home for free!
You get to enjoy living like a local, not a tourist. Travel for less and more frequently. Stay longer if you have the time. It is a great trip for anything from weekend breaks to international vacations, and the best thing of all, it is even more comfortable than in a hotel and highly suitable for families.
You will also gain a first hand feel when you learn about their local culture. With the benefit of local knowledge from your exchange partners. Sharing knowledge with one another is such a fun thing to do. It’s such a great way to travel!
Have you watched ‘The Holiday’ by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? This is an excellent movie about two women who have ran into problems during their lives decide to take a vacation by staying in each other’s houses far apart from each other. It is a done by a mutual agreement. Both decide to ‘loan’ their houses to each other and put themselves in each other’s shoes as they live out their day-to-day lives with the people around them.
You can do the same thing to if you find the right people (who are hopefully trustworthy) and switch houses with them. Remember to do a background check on your exchange partner. Alternatively, you can do house sitting for other people. If you choose your houses wisely, you might be chilling out at a Caribbean villa having a fun-filled adventure at a local farmhouse.
Most important of all, you must be very specific when it comes to signing agreements. You must be clear who pays the bills. You have to be very clear with all the details. You don’t want to get into any trouble with any of the locals (especially the authorities – you will never know if there are any drugs in the house!)
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