NightSwapping is a new concept in sharing economy lodging combining hospitality hosting like CouchSurfing, home exchange systems, and peer to peer rentals like AirBnb into one system. Members can earn lodging credits by hosting visitors, or they can purchase night credits (up to $45 per night, significantly cheaper than most other lodging options). Growing quickly, the NightSwapping […]
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Click here to read the updated version of this post from August 2018 When I decided to try out house swapping I was overwhelmed by the number of websites serving people interested in home exchange. I spent a few weeks going through them at random, and searching in vain for objective reviews or at least some […]
I started doing home exchanges to save money, and although I have found a lot of other advantages to this system of lodging for travel, in the end for me the finances are the biggest benefit of house swapping. My recent trip to Iceland really underscored this point.
I recently heard this story from avid home exchanger Renae Lindsay who was swapping her home in the U.S. for a place in Spain: The man whom I exchanged my condo for 3 weeks (I arrived a week later than he did to mine) failed to tell me his house was empty. There were 2 […]
In May I received the following email from NightSwapping (formerly Cosmopolit Home), a unique points-based hospitality and home exchange network: Hello Dawn, I am Clémence, your NightSwap Coach. These last few weeks, you have received quite a lot of NightSwap requests which you systematically reject, and it only generates frustration for our members. Which is why, in […]
Traveling in Iceland is expensive, and going alone is not a good way to save money. Even the dorm beds in the hostels are pricey (and they charge extra for bedding!). Often to save money I will look for a home exchange, but for this trip I couldn’t do a simultaneous home exchange since my wife stayed home and so […]
I have to be in Tucson for a week in June for a family wedding. I know, it’s Arizona. No one goes to Arizona for a vacation in the summer. Let’s just put that aside for a minute: there will be aircon and swimming pools and we’ll make the best of it and have fun […]
I sometimes envy the people who approach home exchange from the perspective of the recipient of offers. They get emails expressing interest from various places around the world and when one strikes their fancy they accept. I, on the other hand, like to pick my destinations and rough dates for travel, and then try to find […]
See updated My Twin Place review from July 2016 here Adding to the growing number of home exchange websites that facilitate points-based exchanges, MyTwinPlace recently re-invented itself with a “nights exchange” model that allows users to earn points for hosting travelers in their homes.