HomeExchanger wrote: »
The first home swap club was founded in the 1950's. In the decades since, millions of people have enjoyed exchanging homes with only minor problems. This isn't an unknown way to travel, it is a successful, established industry.
Most exchange clubs report the occasional misunderstanding but most "problems" involve differing house cleaning standards. All of these issues are easily addressed by using an on-line contract, available at several of the home exchange clubs.
To see which club is best for you, go to KnowYourTrade.com which rates and reviews all of the clubs for free. I write a completely non-commercial blog with home exchange tips and stories at HomeExchanger.blogspot.com (I don't make any money from my blog and it is not affiliated with any club).
Don't do home exchange just to save money. The benefit is living like a local and getting to meet real people who live somewhere, instead of being segregated in an artificial tourist hotel. This is about building a relationship with another family, not just getting what savings you can out of them.
I have completed 36 wonderful home exchanges since 1991. It is the only sane way to travel with children, IMO. A separate bedroom for each child, a kitchen to prepare a snack or breakfast, laundry facilities and a lot more space make family travel so much more pleasant than staying in a hotel.
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