Thanks to Lois Sealey at Home Base Holidays for this guest post.
More and more people are discovering the benefits of home exchanging. The majority of swaps are simply to arrange a vacation while enjoying free accommodation in your home from home. However, many our members are using home swapping for more than just vacations. Here are 10 good reasons to arrange a home swap.
1. Work from anywhere in the world.
If you work independently, you don’t have to give up the travel you love. Digital nomads, freelance workers, and people running online businesses have the freedom to work almost anywhere they have an internet connection. Many such location-independent workers are using home swapping to arrange work/travel swaps worldwide, often arranging longer term (3+ month) exchanges.
2. Swap city life for country living (or vice versa)
If you’re considering swapping the city for a life in the country or moving from the country to the city, but are not sure the move would be right for you – try first arranging a home swap! What better way to try out an area than by staying in a real home (you may want to arrange a swap during the worse time of year weather-wise so that you get a real taste of what a permanent move would be like)
3. Stay in a real home when traveling for a special occasion
People use home swapping to attend special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries or special birthday celebrations. Swapping homes is a great alternative to a hotel room or staying with relatives.
4. Have your own space when visiting friends and family
If you’re visiting friends or family, arranging a home exchange close to where they live can be an ideal option; you get the chance to spend time together but also have your own space.
5. Save money when making family visits to your “home” country
Many families are separated from loved ones by thousands of miles. As well as wanting children to know their relatives abroad, it’s natural to hope that they’ll feel a connection to your country of origin. Arranging home swaps “back home” can enable lengthy stays at very little cost.
6. Take sabbaticals or work on overseas projects
If work commitments or research mean you need to stay in a destination for a period of time, from several weeks up to a year (or more), arranging a home swap not only gives you a home to stay in, it is a major money-saver.
7. Have a comfortable, inexpensive place to stay when attending sporting or cultural events
We’ve had members arranging home swaps to visit major sporting events such as the Olympics, Wimbledon, The Rugby World Cup, the SuperBowl, and more. Members also do home swaps to attend concerts, music and theater festivals, and other cultural evenings. Just remember to arrange your home swap well ahead of time!
8. Try out living abroad
If you’re thinking about moving to another country, why not arrange a home exchange before taking the plunge? By staying in a real home, you will get a much better feel for what life would be like if you did decide to move permanently. Without having to worry about hotel costs, you could swap for an extended period of time and explore property options if you do decide to immigrate.
9. Learn a new language
Many of our members seek to immerse themselves in another country so that they (and their kids) can learn or improve language skills. What better way to grasp a language than using it every day?
10. Get free vacation accommodation!
No matter what your reason for traveling, the bottom line is that a home swap gives you a free place to stay. What could be better than that?
Want to know more about home exchanging? See these posts: “What’s home exchange and short-term rental all about?” and ““20 Home Exchange Facts.”“
Can you think of other reasons to do a home exchange? Please share them in the Comments or on our Facebook page!