It's a great way to save money on your next vacation. Sara Tetreault of the blog Go Gingham, joined us to share her experiences with home exchanges. She's an expert, having done a dozen over the past decade. Here are a few of her tips for home swapping:
- Use a reputable service or website.
- Remain "open-minded" with destinations.
- Assemble a travel binder - activities and events to do and see in your area.
- Compile a "house tricks" manual and share what doesn't work and what's close.
- Make arrangements for key pick-up and drop-off.
- Put away (and lock) valuables, financial records, and private documents.
- Make space in pantry, closet, and bathroom.
- Have a "welcome to our home kit" to welcome your guests.
- Leave staple foods - milk, orange juice, fruit, or bread - for the first day/night at your home.
- When you leave, write a thank you note and tell your partner what you did at their home.
- Be a good guest - leave the house nicer than how you found it.
For more information on home exchanges, visit Sara's website.