Travel Anywhere, Live Like a Local and Stay for Free.
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? You might wonder, how exactly can I do that?
Well, we do it all the time. It’s one of our best methods for traveling free. You swap houses with someone else who wants to visit where you live—often simultaneously, but many times not. A lot of people who do home exchanges have second or vacation homes which they use, so being flexible on dates is easier.
We have in fact, just posted a new page on this site detailing some of the top methods and offers you can use to travel for free!
I have done around 20 home exchanges all over the world, from Paris, Berlin and Venice to Montreal, Hawaii, New York and Los Angeles. The benefits to home exchanging, as we detail in our book, are numerous besides the awesome freeness of it: You get a full home or apartment instead of just a hotel room, a kitchen means you can save money on meals as well, and you get to stay like a local in a neighborhood instead of the tourist area.
Many people ask about the safety of letting strangers stay in your home, but I have never had a problem. In fact, I’ve met some really cool, interesting people this way whom I’ve stayed in touch with. Realistically, if your house is going to get robbed there is a higher chance it will be targeted while sitting vacant while you are off on vacation. Having home exchangers take care of pets or plants is also a plus. You can read a guest blog that I wrote for our favorite house swap website, HomeExchange.com, that details the safety issues.
And of course, we cover the ins and outs of home exchanging in detail, in our book.
And today we have even better news for you! One lucky person will win a free 3-month membership to HomeExchange.com, so that you can browse listings and try it out for yourself. All you have to do is one (or more) of the following. Each action will get you one entry into the blind drawing for the giveaway, which will take place this Friday at noon PST.
- Comment on this post—where would you like to try a home exchange, or why would you like to try it?
- Tweet this post—be sure to tag @travelfreebook so we can see your tweet to enter you.
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