One of the growing trends in travel is the use of the home swap. If you are interested in staying in a location for a month or more, you might be able to save on your travel expenses by cutting out the cost of lodging. With a home exchange, you stay in someone else’s home, while they come and stay in yours.
Instead of paying for a hotel or for an apartment, you pay a monthly fee to the home exchange site you belong to, and receive access to thousands of listings. For between $100 and $500 a year (depending on the site, and the level of membership), it’s possible to find people willing to exchange with you. On the cheapest options, your yearly membership fee basically pays for itself after you’ve spent one night in someone else’s home. This option is even cheaper than vacation home rentals.
It’s important to be careful, though. Remember that you aren’t just staying in someone else’s home; someone is coming to stay in your home as well. Here are 5 tips that increase your chances of success:
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