3 Benefits to Home Exchange
Ever thought about traveling somewhere and NOT having to pay for accommodation? Besides flights, hotels are the most expensive part of any trip, especially if you are going to a pricey location. Believe it or not, it is totally possible to take a long, slow, vacation and pay NOTHING for a place to stay. Yes, that’s right…absolutely zero. Sounds unbelievable, right? But it’s not. Cue my new favorite way to travel = Home Exchange!
Participating in a home exchange is the latest craze in travel. I am writing this post from Syros, an island in Greece, where we are staying for free for three weeks, simply because we joined a home exchange website.
If you want to take more vacations, but think you can’t afford it, think again and read on.
Here are the three reasons a home exchange might be the answer to your travel dreams.
#1: It’s cheap
A yearly membership will cost you less than 1 or 2 nights in a hotel in Chicago. For $150, you can travel the world for a year and never pay for one night’s accommodation. Once you join www.homeexchange.com, pay your flat fee, and set up your profile, the world opens up to you. If you can dream it, it can happen.
Want to go to Paris for two weeks? OK, would a 2000sf home in the Marais work? Or maybe a week in Napa, wine tasting with friends? How about three weeks in a villa in Fiji with 360-degree views from your private infinity pool of the crystal blue waters below? It’s totally possible.
Those are real examples from the Homeexchange.com site. Could you afford to do that if you had to pay for those accommodations?
What are you going to do with all that money you’ve saved? Put it into the most incredible experiences your holiday location has to offer; like sailing in the Greek Islands, renting a Harley for a couple of days, or getting your PADI Scuba certification. Whatever your heart desires.
Or hell, put it into your savings account and use it for your next flight because you will certainly be traveling a lot more now. Plus, you can take your vacation during the most expensive times of the year without paying higher rates, think Christmas at the beaches in Thailand.
#2: Live like a local instead of a tourist.
Instead of staying in impersonal hotels, you get to live in a home or apartment that feels like your own place, or maybe even better. You won’t have to ask the concierge or front desk where to go for dinner, because your host will share all that expert intel with you. You’ll get the insider secrets, not the touristy places hotels tell you and all the others staying there to go.
You’ll have local experiences, eat at the most authentic restaurants, and maybe even meet some of the locals all because you are not staying in a hotel. You will have that insider edge that only a person that has been living there knows. You get to be a traveler, not a tourist. It is a truly authentic way to explore a location
#3: The Opportunity for Slow Travel
Paying for hotels means having shorter vacations. You can stay somewhere for a month, instead of a few days, because you won’t have those cost restraints. Gone are the days when you have 5 days for a vacation, with the home exchange program you can stay for as long as you and the host agree.
Mark and I may be in the Greek Islands for a month, but we are balancing work and exploration. I am writing this from our patio in Syros while sipping on a glass of the local rose, and watching birds dive into the azure Aegean Sea for their lunch. Like many people, we can’t take a month off work, but with home exchange, we can work from the Greek islands.
By the way, I am in no way affiliate marketing or working with homeexchange.com. I wrote this because I’m completely sold on the concept. As you can see, there are some significant benefits to this kind of travel, and I will be using the site to its fullest potential to make my most ridiculous travel dreams come true.