House swapping has become a hugely popular option for affordable holiday accommodation across the world.
You might remember the movie, “The Holiday” starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. Two women are experiencing relationship problems so they exchange their houses for a holiday away from men. Kate swaps her quaint English cottage for Cameron’s LA mansion. Both love the extreme differences but, of course, there are men everywhere they go! (It ends happily ever after.)
In the ten years since that movie debuted, house swapping has taken the world by storm. It’s no longer a way to escape from our problems, but a wonderfully affordable accommodation option – and there are now thousands of homes of all shapes and sizes across the world to swap.
As the name suggests, house swapping is an exchange of homes, for an agreed period, at no cost to either party.
Swapping has many advantages over traditional holidays, including:
Other advantages include:
Of course, there are downsides. In particular, you are entrusting complete strangers to use your home while you are absent. However, with the growing number of registered websites that allow users to be rated or reported, this risk may be reduced. Doing sound research and getting to know your potential swapper early is crucial. Leaving your holiday contact details with neighbours is always a good idea. And for more peace of mind, lock away or remove any precious or valuable items such as jewellery.
To find a website to best suit your needs, simply type “house swapping” into your favourite search engine.
House swapping is by no means new – it “officially” began 60 years ago in the US – and with the explosion of websites catering for this growing demand, the only problem now is deciding where to go!