This reader story is from the same author as the first one I published last week. Etienne is an experienced house swapper from France, and an ambassador for GuesttoGuest.
In late 2014, I was still doing only reciprocal swaps through free websites like Geenee or Switchome. But I was looking for a new experience, to go in a destination with a nice weather in Winter. Our winter in Normandy is quite cold, with a lot of rain, not always enjoyable. So I started to contact swappers in Canary Islands, Spanish islands near Morocco, where it’s around 20°c in winter. Of course, I didn’t find any home exchanger crazy enough to come discover our area for the same period, but I found a music teacher, Tony, who agreed to host us in a part of his home on Guesttoguest’s website.
I had registered on this website a few months before, and honestly I was a little skeptical about the principle of the Guestpoints system. I was wondering if it was really working. Finally, we ended up visiting Tony’s island, Tenerife, in February 2015. For this stay, we gave him a Guestpoints amount (he used it a few months later to be hosted in Madrid where his daughter was at university), and we had another family from North of France at our home during our stay in Tenerife.
After a few complicated weeks at work for me, it was really a relief and a fresh start to be there. I left my winter sick, and one day later, with a great sun and 22° C, I was like a charm. We were living on the first floor of his home, which was independent, with only just the garden that was shared. Our son was at this period 11 months old, and it was his first flight.
With this swap, we discovered a really interesting island, with impressive landscapes, with the Teide Volcano for example. Tony and his family were very nice to us, and gave us a lot of advice about places to go, etc. Tony invited me to listen to him at a concert he gave in his town with his band. To thank them, we invited them for a lunch with us in their own home. We cooked specialities from Normandy and had such a great time !
It was my first swap with Guesttoguest, and for this occasion, I sent to them a message on Facebook with a picture of Tenerife. They loved it, and asked me a few months later if I wanted to help them to develop by becoming ambassador on my free time, which I have now been doing for almost 3 years. It was the beginning of a great adventure for me (and I hope for them 🙂 ), and we are doing now our swaps almost exclusively through Guesttoguest’s website.
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