Those of you who have seen the movie The Holiday are probably already familiar with the concept. But for those who have never heard of it, let us just explain what exactly is home swapping and how it works.
What does home swap mean?
It is really simple: home swapping (also called home exchange) consists in swapping your house with someone else. In other words, people stay at your house and you stay at theirs. A house exchange can also include swapping cars and other items.
Different types of home swap
There are different types of home swap:
- A “traditional” home exchange implies that you and your exchange partner travel at the same time and stay in each other’s houses (primary residences).
- Another type of home exchange consists in swapping secondary residences. In this case, the owners can travel at different times. For instance, you can have your travel partner stay at your secondary residence while you are still staying at your primary residence. You can then stay at your exchange partner’s secondary residence whenever you want.
- Last but not least, another type of home swap consists in exchanging hospitality. You can have your travel partner come to your place and stay as a guest. Then, you can go to their place and stay as a guest as well.
Advantages of home swapping
Home swapping has become really popular among travelers, as it is an inexpensive and comfortable way to travel. Indeed, a home swap enables you to save a lot on accommodation during your trip, which is usually the most significant part of the travel budget.
Home swapping is also a way to experience life as locals: far away from the hotels packed with tourist crowds, one can enjoy life as a local in comfortable home away from home. Besides, your exchange partner may introduce you to neighbors, family members and friends, and give you useful information about the area.