Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Home Exchange


Last night Chris and I read an article about vacation home exchanges. 

Have you heard of it? 

Basically you swap houses with a person that lives in a place that you'd like to visit (and vice versa). While you're spending time in their house and exploring their country/city/neighborhood, they're doing the same in your casa. 

They live in your house and you live in their house. For a week, a month, or longer. No expensive hotel bills. Basically your vacation costs would consist of airfare, food, and activities. 

Would you do it?

I have to admit, the idea intrigues me. 

Of course, some people are better situated than others in the swapping department. The author of the article lived in a three bedroom apartment in Manhattan. I'll bet she had no trouble finding international partners to swap with her. Who doesn't want to spend two weeks in NYC!?

Seattle, on the other hand?

Perhaps a bit more difficult. 

Check it out for yourself:



PS: Those pictures are from home exchange properties in FranceOui, s'il-vous-plaît!


  1. Anonymous10:00 AM

    If you want to come to the lovely Capital District in Upstate NY, I'm game!

  2. My concern would be the effort expended to get my house in good enough shape...organizing closets in particular. And did the person you're swapping with bother to do the same? hopefully....

  3. Just like "The Holiday."

  4. I didn't know until I read the article that there was a movie - I am so behind the times.

    It would be interesting to see if they have any advice for tidying up. Obviously putting away important paperwork, valuable, etc would be paramount. But it probably helps that you're crashing in their pad- keeps everyone honest. :)

  5. And: I love NY!! Never been upstate though. Now if only I had vacation time... :)

  6. If Seattle would - in any way - be an issue, than trying to convince someone to come to Springfield would be laughable. Hahhaah- maybe I can hook someone on all the natural beauty around? ;) It's a great idea though! Conversely...I *still* want to try couchsurfing. Ha - better get on that sooner rather than later. ;)

    -- linds