No money for a holiday this year? Then the latest holiday trend might interest you.
House swap holidays are on the rise. With many family budgets tightening, people are choosing to take part in house swaps to save money. House swapping involves two different families exchanging their homes in different countries for a temporary period, often at no cost.
The swapping takes place through reputable house swap companies which normally charge a small joining fee, or annual subscription fee. With your membership you will get access to other members and the details of their house which is available for swapping. There are many advantages to taking part in a house swap holiday over a traditional package holiday.
The biggest advantage is of course the cost saving you will make by not paying for accommodation. Those who will benefit the most from this cost saving are those who wish to go on holiday during peak holiday periods and families with school-aged children who have no choice but to pay premium rates for accommodation.
House swap holidays can also be more convenient than staying in a hotel. You will be able to relax in a homely environment much more than you would in a hotel, as well as having much more room and facilities that you would get in a hotel. Staying in someone else’s home will give you access to a fully equipped kitchen and a washing machine, which as well as being convenient will allow you to save money by cooking for yourself and washing your own clothes. As part of some swaps you will also be allowed to use the host family’s car, which means you can explore more of your holiday destination.
When you take part in a house swap holiday you will also get lots of local knowledge from your host family. They will be able to tell you about the top local sights, best restaurants, and most tranquil beaches. Who better to tell you about your holiday destination than the people who live there!
Of course there are always things that could go wrong with a house swap holiday, such as, poor accommodation or an undesirable location. You can avoid this by making sure you research the location thoroughly before you agree to a swap. Think of holiday swapping websites like a dating service for your home and make sure you ask lots of questions to potential house swapping partners, you can’t always find out everything you need to know from a photograph. One of the most important things to do is to make sure you join a reputable house swap holiday company, so that the quality of their members is higher and they will take any complaints seriously. You can do this by taking a look around their website before you join and searching for reviews on the internet.
Giving a stranger the keys to your home can be daunting and is only a good idea if you don’t mind sharing your home. Consider putting precious items away somewhere safe, if there are a few items you want to make sure aren’t broken or don’t want people snooping about. Also make sure that you remember to prepare your own house before you leave, so that your home is welcoming to your temporary guests.
Have you taken part in an house swap before? Or would you consider doing it to save money? Let us know by commenting below!