Trading Houses?

April 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm 3 comments

I’ve heard of a website called Home Exchange that allows your family to visit other countries…for free. Catch is, the other family has to stay in your house. You basically trade houses for a few days or weeks.

It takes trust to do that, and so far they seem to be doing well. Neighbors even help the new family settle in and even guide them to good spots in the area! With costs increasing, this is a great way for a family to take a vacation.

I don’t have kids just yet, but my neighbors do, and I will tell them about it sometime soon. This is a great idea! Don’t hesitate. People are of course skeptical at first, letting total strangers into their houses, but like I said, trust is a thing you must learn. Trust the other family to take care of your home, just as they trust you to take care of theirs. Being honest is important.

This may just lead your family to a great vacation, with much less cost! Wonder if there are single person to single person exchanges as well? I may try it out someday. What are your thoughts on this?


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  • 1. socialclimber  |  April 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Isn’t there a reality show like this in tv land? Sounds like a real fun idea though, like pretending to be part of the witness protection program … clean slate! :p

  • 2. Anne  |  April 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Congratulations on discovering home exchange! It’s a concept that began in Europe back in the early ’50s. Educators exchanged homes during the long summer vacations.

    My company has been actively involved in the home exchange concept since 1986 – 22+ years!

    Many people new to the idea voice a lot of skepticism initially, but you have to remember, it’s a two-way necessity for trust. Your exchange partners are in your home, but you are in theirs. Are you planning to rob them? Of course not! No more than they are you.

    In fact in all the years we’ve been in business, we’ve never had a report of theft or vandalism of any kind.

    I also write a popular blog about the home exchange concept. Take a look at It’s updated frequently with lots of useful information and advice, both for the novice and more experienced home exchangers and a number of members have contributed some great stories.

    Happy Exchanging!

  • 3. Lois  |  April 23, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Hi Ted

    I’m glad to see you’ve heard about the home exchange concept. I wanted to reassure you that you don’t have to have kids in order to take part in a home swap. Lots of people swap homes, including singles. It’s a great way to travel cheaply (and to have your own home cared for while you are away – lots of exchangers look after pets and plants for example).

    No one agrees to go ahead with an exchange until they have corresponded extensively (and probably spoken to) their potential exchange partners and feel completely comfortable with having them in their homes.

    If you want to find out more about home exchange, I hope you will visit my blog and also our London based home exchange service, Home Base Holidays.



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