Traditionally home exchange is done simultaneously, you find someone who wants to travel to your home town the same dates you want to visit their town, and you swap houses. It’s a beautifully simple proposition that carries with it some inherent security since you know exactly where this person lives. Of course the challenge is […]
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We’ve arrived in Sevilla, yet another super cute and friendly Spanish city, with delicious food, gorgeous architecture, and an abundance of beautiful churches. And in this city we have the added benefit of the hospitality of some friends we met through home exchange.
This week we’re staying in Bilbao, in the north of Spain, at a nice Holiday Inn hotel for free. We’re just here for three nights, and I wasn’t able to find anyone to do a home exchange for the dates we wanted (even offering my home for a week or two in exchange). Fortunately I’ve saved […]
I’m relaxing in the living room of my two bedroom apartment after a day of touring around Barcelona. This place is in a very central location and so far I’ve been able to walk everywhere. In addition to the usual amenities of someone’s home (fully stocked kitchen, nice bathroom, cable TV, comfy bed, laundry), this flat also […]
I’m excited to be heading to Spain, and even more excited to be taking this trip without paying for lodging anywhere in the country. Here’s the basic outline of how we’re visiting 6 cities over a month in the country without spending any money on hotels.
I was asked to write a guest post for the HomeExchange.com blog which I never reposted here. It’s an overview of some of the best sharing economy resources for travelers who are already planning to do a home exchange as a part of their trip. You can read the full article here: Travel on the Cheap
When I first signed up for a few house swapping websites I assumed that non-simultaneous exchange wasn’t an option for me. I have only one home, and I live in it. I admit I was a bit envious of people with the flexibility to offer a second home up for swap on any date, presumably giving […]
Founded in 2004, Couchsurfing was an innovative leader in peer to peer lodging, providing a platform for travelers to find a free place to sleep around the world, and facilitating cultural exchanges. Especially popular with the low budget backpacking crowd, Couchsurfing changed the way many people approached travel and lodging.
Trampolinn launched a new home exchange service in March, entering the rather crowded field of house swap sites which now includes 67 others. But their take on the home exchange is a bit different; they are focused on a points-based system. Only a few other home exchange programs use points right now, though there seems to be […]