As you will find in the book, home exchange is one of our very favorite ways to travel – and one of the few ways to get accommodations absolutely free. From a small studio for a couple of nights, to large luxury homes or a Paris penthouse for weeks at a time, exchanging homes as a way to both travel for free, and truly experience the real daily life of a place, can’t be topped.
How To Travel For Free outlines the entire process in detail over several pages, including our personal experiences, resources that we use, and tips and tricks for a stellar experience. I have exchanged homes in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Paris, Venice and Berlin to name only a few. Not only does home exchange save all the money you would spend on accommodations, it also gives tremendous savings on eating out and often transportation expenses too, as many people are willing to let you use their car.
The concept is so intriguing, and the travel experience so rewarding, that it caught the attention of Washington Times columnist Andrea Poe, who reviewed our book and wanted to interview us about some of our experiences.
In Andrea’s Washington Times article, she writes:
A passion to see the world and experience it on its own terms is what drives Shelley Seale to travel.
In the book, the authors write extensively about home exchanges (whereby you swap your own home for someone else’s in another spot in the world, thereby eliminating the need for hotels, inns and hostels).
Since home exchanges are one of the best ways to stay for free and one that Seale not only advocates but prefers, we sat down and asked her all about it.”
The interview covers questions such as how we got started with exchanging, if we ever meet the people we swap with and questions about security, preparations and the nuts-and-bolts of exchanging, and of course the tremendous travel experience benefits it brings. You can read the complete interview here, at the Washington Times website as part of Donne’s Travel World.
Of course, we also cover all of this in more detail, with website resources and step by step advice, in How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!)
Shelley and Keith