The three most compelling reasons to become a home exchanger are money, space, and an opportunity to “live like a local".
At least 20 percent of a travel budget is spent on lodging. This goes much higher, of course, in prime locations. Restaurant bills are decreased or even eliminated, if desired. Some exchangers even throw in an automobile. Also sometimes you save on entertainment with items like free internet access, use of bikes, DVDs to watch, gamerooms, etc. This savings allows home exchange members to travel farther and stay longer.
Most of the time you are exchanging for a residence which would be larger than your standard size hotel room. Instead of getting a standard hotel room, you are now getting a kitchen so you can cook a few meals, laundry room, bedrooms and normally much more space.
Living like a local:
Often in a home exchange one becomes immersed in the neighborhood. There are many stories of children making friends with neighborhood children. The last time we were in Germany , we got to know the local shop owners. It was a great opportunity to experience a slice of the local life, outside of the usual tourist attractions. You also make life long friends, meet people with the same interest in your home swap community online and discuss hobbies, interest, places to eat, attractions, all before you arrive. It is a great way to see the world and take your travel experience to the next level.
So next time you are planning a vacation, give Home Swapping a try.
Steve Griswold loves to explore new places with his wife and daughter.
Home Exchange has made this possible.
He is an expert on the subject of Home Exchange Travel.
Steve is the owner of http://www.EasyHomeExchange.com Drop by his site and learn how to plan your next family vacation by doing a home exchange.
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