My husband and I love swapping homes. It’s amazing how far our travel budget goes when we don’t have to pay for lodging. We can get a sense of what it’s like to live in a new place. Our exchange partners help us find wonderful places to eat, shop, and explore.
But arranging a traditional home swap, where both exchange partners stay in one another’s homes at the same time, isn’t easy. It’s like putting together a puzzle in which all the pieces need to fit: location, size of home, and travel schedules. Sometimes you put in a lot of work only to find that one or another of the pieces just doesn’t fit.
That’s where non-simultaneous home swaps come in.
What a non-simultaneous home swap is
The original idea of a non-simultaneous home swap is simple. Instead of you and your exchange partner staying in one another’s home at the same time, you stay in your partner’s home while they’re away in return for a promise that they can stay in yours at a future date.
That’s what we did for a 2-week trip to Barcelona. [Read more…] about Non-Simultaneous Home Swaps: A Quick Guide