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Fresh Ideas for Travel Accommodation

Home exchange- What is it?

Well, do you remember the movie “The Holiday” starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet who use home exchange to change their lives as they trade homes between Los Angeles and England? You can try it also!

Home exchange simply means that you and your family agree with a family from a different area to live in each other’s homes during your holiday. The length of the holiday exchange is entirely up to you. Only have one free weekend? Arrange a weekend exchange. No money changes hands between the exchangers so you can have free accommodation anywhere in the world. The good part is that many families exchange their second homes, so the exchange doesn’t need to be simultaneous always.

Here are some of the biggest websites that we tested and where we have membership:

Lovehomeswap.com – Love Home Swap is a members-only home swapping site that’s stylish, social and simple to use. Home swap holidays are revolutionizing the way people travel. Rather than renting a house, or stopping in a hotel, you can swap your home for a hacienda

in Spain, a townhouse in San Francisco, a chalet in the French Alps, or a villa in Tuscany. Never pay out for a rental property or hotel again. I have already swapped and found it amazing. Love Home Swap is a members-only service, so you’ll then need to start your membership to begin messaging with other members around the world and lining up your dream swaps.

Homeexchange- this site works on the same principle: you exchange your house with another one in another destination. Listing your house is free but to contact members there is a membership fee of one time payment of $119.40, automatically renewed every year.

Home sitting

House sitting is arranging for someone to live in your home while you are away. How many of you have a tiny family member very much loved (your dog, cat, fish, hen etc) which makes your holiday planning very difficult? No need to hire gardeners, pool service, or pet boarders. Your sitter handles these services in exchange for their free accommodations. Home sitting can be a perfect solution for house and pet owners and for the ones who, this way, get the change to travel and stay for free in a lovely place of their choice.

Home sitting websites

MindMyHouse -Need someone to look after your house or pets while you’re away? Home owners join for free. Enjoy free holiday accommodation, save your rental payments and treat yourself on whatever! House sitter members pay the lowest annual fee on the web.

HouseCarers – is online search and screen database for house sitters and homeowners to share information.

These seem to be the only house-sitting organizations not run as services involving payment.

But you can also check out caretaker-jobs.com, pet-sitters.biz and caretaker.org.

Luxury House Sitting – is a genius way to stay in luxury properties for free. Luxury House Sitting was created with two ideas in mind: to help homeowners locate responsible house sitters and to give house sitters the ability to build a trustworthy profile.