We have written a lot about home exchange, as one of our top methods of traveling for free — and one of our favorite ways to travel, period. Exchanging homes not only lets you stay somewhere completely free (and save a lot of money on food as you have a kitchen); it also allows you to stay like a local, discovering neighborhoods instead of tourist traps.
In our book, How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!), we share very specific resources, tips, advice and steps to take in order to successfully exchange homes. Our favorite method is through HomeExchange.com — I have personally done more than a dozen exchanges through them, all over the world, over the past five years.
Just to show you how effective it can be, we wanted to share an exciting journey just being undertaken by Hannah and Chris, two HomeExchange.com members from the U.K. who have just embarked on a trip around the world — staying entirely at home exchanges, entirely for free!
Check out Chris and Hannah’s blog, to follow their Home Exchange journey!
In other recent news, here’s an alert for a great contest:
Share a story about how you redeemed AAdvantage miles for a memorable trip, by uploading a 30-to-60 second video. You can go a lot of places with 100,000 miles — and if you combine that with home exchanges, you now have an amazing FREE TRIP around the world!
And while you’re at collecting airline miles for free travel, check out our best, latest finds for racking up those points using credit cards. You generally only have to make a small purchase to qualify (charge something you would have bought anyway!), and can cancel any time.