What is Home Exchanging?
Home exchange is how we manage to see the world while staying on a budget! It’s awesome for large families because the price doesn’t increase as your family size does. So far, we have exchanged in Zurich, Vienna, Salt Lake City, Austin, Barcelona, Seville, Granada, NYC, and Palm Springs and that was only this year!
I think of it like a simultaneous Airbnb. No money is exchanged. You stay in someone's home and they stay in yours. You get to see the world for free and have peace of mind that someone is looking after your home while you're gone.
If you are a renter, the first step would be to check with your landlord. Many of the places we have stayed have been rented apartments, so being a renter does not necessarily exclude you from exchanging.
The platform we use is www.homeexchange.com. They have two options. You can either pay a yearly fee of $130 for unlimited swaps or you can pay $10 per night. This ensures your swaps are protected by Home Exchange's legal team.
Not all swaps have to be direct swaps. For example, you can rent out your house to someone from Colorado and earn Guest points for a future trip to Italy.