Dreaming of vacations past and longing for the ‘good old days’ when affordable vacations were always within your budget? The economic squeeze and family budget tightening does not have to mean that your days of affordable vacations with the family are over. If you are willing to look at new ways of taking those much needed and desired vacations, there are organizations that will help you make affordable vacations a house swap away.
House swap vacations work on a very simple principal-you swap your house for someone else’s house for a specified amount of time. You have use of the house, grounds and quite often a vehicle also in exchange for someone getting similar usage benefits from you. Making a house swap means no hotel room costs, usually no rental car costs and a house swap gives you all the comforts of home because you are in a home. A house swap enables people to take affordable vacations both in the United States and abroad, and have cultural experiences on vacations that a hotel room could never offer.
There are some simple questions to ask yourself and guidelines to follow to see if a house swap is something for you. Would you be uneasy living in someone else’s house or would you have a problem trusting someone else to live in yours? The organizations that help arrange house swap vacations will put you in touch with other people like yourself, who are just looking for ways of having affordable vacations and you can get to know them prior to the house swap. Exchange emails, talk by phone, exchange photos and information, and if it does not feel like a good match for a house swap, then decline and start interviewing other affordable vacations seekers.
You can list your location, your requested vacation location, post pictures of your house and set your own guidelines for use of your house with organizations like HomeLink and Intervac. You make the decisions for usage of your house when you make a house swap, such as if you will or will not allow pets, smoking or small children. You decide if the use of your appliances, vehicle and other home amenities will be made available for the reciprocal house swap vacations.
Also bear in mind when making a house swap, you can’t expect to swap a modest two bedroom house that sits in the middle of nowhere for a villa in Tuscany. You do not have to own a mansion with a pool and tennis court to qualify for a house swap, however. If you do live in a modest two bedroom house located in the middle of nowhere, affordable vacations through a house swap is still an option for you, it may take a little longer to find the right fit for a house swap with other affordable vacations seekers, but it can and is done.
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