THIRDHOME is pleased to announce our new partnership with Casa de Campo® Resort & Villas.

Established nearly 50 years ago as the first resort in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo® Resort & Villas, has been voted the Dominican Republic’s leading resort by the World Travel Awards every year since 2005. Their knowledgeable Vacation Planning Team is an indispensable value, ensuring guests a customized, memorable tropical experience.

The exclusive, gated community boasts 2,600 residences, including a range of stunning villas valued at up to over $30 million, as well as three Pete Dye golf courses, including Teeth of the Dog®, the #1 ranked course in the Caribbean. Guests of this renowned resort can also enjoy an extensive equestrian center, three private white sand beaches, and, set to open this summer, the brand-new, state-of-the-art Casa de Campo® Spa and Wellness Center.

Looking for the perfect vacation getaway? Look no further than the Hamptons! The Hamptons is a collection of towns and villages in the state of New York, on the eastern end of Long Island.

You don’t need to be an A-list celebrity to visit the Hamptons. Families, sports fans, and history buffs frequent this area to explore the state parks, surf, or just take in the striking home designs.

Do you feel like a holiday in the Hamptons is out of reach? Not anymore! House swapping has emerged as a new form of inexpensive travel that makes the Hamptons getaway affordable for every family. Keep reading to learn more about how you can secure your house in the Hamptons for your next vacation.

How to Get to the Hamptons

Westhampton, Hampton Bay, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk are stops on the Long Island Railroad. You can book a ticket on this train and travel to the Hamptons by foot or taxi during your stay.

If you choose to drive, you will take the Long Island Expressway until it terminates in Riverhead, at which point you should turn south onto Route 27, which will take you all the way to Montauk.

Busses are available every day. Even with traffic congestion during rush hour, the entire drive takes around 3 and a half hours. Expect to pay about $30 for each trip if you choose to travel by bus.

Where to Stay in the Hamptons

The Hamptons are the ultimate getaway for recreation and rejuvenation. Although many deem a trip to the Hamptons as a venue for the elite, it’s also an accessible getaway for family fun. Once you have settled in the Hamptons as your vacation spot, you need to decide where you want your swapped house to be located. 

The Hamptons is made up of two towns, East Hampton and Southampton. Pick your destination based on what experience you are looking for. Both will assure you of an amazing vacation while offering starkly different amenities.

East Hampton offers a laid-back location full of sunsets, relaxation, and beach vibes. The Hamptons may be notorious for high-profile events, but East Hampton offers an elevated “beach town” vibe. The town is littered with local artists and small businesses.

Southampton serves as a mecca for luxury. From polo matches and galas to expansive estates, the wealth and prestige associated with Southampton radiate for miles. If you want to spend your vacation living large, this is the perfect spot for your holiday. 

Alternatively, you can go a little further out and stay near Westhampton Beach. This spot is not officially considered part of “the Hamptons,” although its beaches and storefronts mirror that of a traditional Hampton experience.

Bask in the Sun on the Best Beaches

The beaches in the Hamptons are world-renowned for their views and activities. The best beach to visit when staying in the Hamptons depends on how you choose to travel into town and where you are staying. Here are some of the beach highlights in the Hamptons.

There are several possibilities for paid day parking lots if you aren’t staying directly in the heart of the Hamptons. One of the Hamptons’ most infamous beaches is Cooper’s Beach. Cooper’s Beach is a long, broad beach with facilities located in Southampton.

Foster Memorial Beach, also known as Long Beach in Sag Harbor, is the best option for swimmers who want calm, shallow waters or to be closer to the sand. This idyllic sandy stretch also makes for the perfect sunset viewing spot accessible to the public. 

If your family is looking for a day full of outdoor activities, Kirk Park Beach is the perfect spot. The beach is covered in magnificent sand dunes that will give you an exclusive peak at whales breaching offshore. Kirk Park Beach also has a hiking trail that will let you enjoy your beach day from land.

The best beach for the all-American beach vacation is Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. It is available to the public, is dog friendly, and features lifeguards, food stands, bathrooms, and a surf break. This is perfect for families with kids wanting to spend the day at the beach.

Pack Your Itinerary

The Hamptons offers so many different activities for the whole family to enjoy. There are a plethora of options to fill your itinerary when visiting the Hamptons. The area is also infamous for outdoor activities to keep you active and going all day!

If you want to enjoy a leisurely stroll in nature, be sure to visit Sagaponacks’ Madoo Conservancy. These beautifully designed gardens create a fantastic landscape. The Madoo Conservancy has been dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of its whimsical and horticulturally diverse gardens for the past 60+ years.

If you want to spend the afternoon being active, you can rent a bike and cycle down to the Montauk Point Lighthouse in South Fork. The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the state’s oldest lighthouse that lets you soak in nautical history and amazing views.

Over the years, the Hamptons have become a breeding ground for artistic ingenuity and creative safe-havens. The works of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are on display at their home in East Hampton.

At the Hamptons, you can even explore a rich variety of marine life at the Long Island Aquarium. This aquarium is home to the largest all-living coral reef display in the Northern hemisphere. Every aquarium is carefully curated to ensure a fun experience for all its visitors. 

Explore the East Coast’s Wine Options

Winery tours and wine tastings are the perfect opportunities to learn more about local history while indulging in a nice glass of wine. The Hamptons has several wineries that let you escape from the beach and garden parties for a little while.

Go down Bridgehampton’s Scuttle Hole Road to Channing Daughters Winery’s seated tastings. It’s usually packed due to its delicious array of wines, so it’s best to make a reservation in advance.

Shelter Island’s new wine bar has been creating quite the buzz. The White Oak Wine Garden has live music and a variety of alcoholic beverages, including wine flights, beer, and even mulled wine.

Plan extra time in your itinerary to visit the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in nearby Sagaponack. This vineyard is known for its rosé options. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, you can even mosey on over to the Sagaponack Farm Distillery.

Grab a Bite

No trip to the Hamptons is complete without a mouthwatering meal. From local bakeries to world-class dining establishments, the Hamptons offers an array of dining options at a variety of price points.

Carissa’s Bakery in East Hampton is known for its warm olive ciabatta bread. It has become so successful that there are two locations in East Hampton alone!

One of East Hampton’s most infamous dining establishments is Nick and Toni’s flagship restaurant on Cedar Street. Nick and Toni’s opened in 1988 and have been providing Tuscan dining options in East Hampton ever since. The restaurant is equipped with a wood-burning oven and endless drink options that help elevate any dinner.

Something about spending the day at sea makes people crave fish and crab for dinner. If you are craving a meal from under the sea, Duryea’s Lobster Deck is the spot for you. This Montauk-based seafood restaurant has delicious lobster rolls and beautiful sea-ocean views.

Visit the Hamptons

The Hamptons is a great travel destination. They are still one of the few untouched locations where you can relax in the great outdoors, immerse yourself in art and history, and indulge in dining experiences without having to sacrifice quality.

Finding seclusion and tranquility in this beach paradise has proven time and time again to be one of the greatest ways to enjoy a summer in the Northeast, even though this coastal playground will always attract large crowds.

Once you’ve recovered from your Hamptons weekend, make sure to start preparing for your next trip because lodging and summer houses in this area tend to book up well in advance.

Contact our team to get started securing your Hamptons home for your next vacation.

New York City remains one of the hottest tourist destinations worldwide, welcoming over 56 million visitors in 2022. It’s not surprising when one considers the wealth of entertainment, shopping, and cultural enrichment on offer in the city.

The Big Apple is famous for its cutting-edge art installations, world-class museums, exquisite dining, and premier sporting events. It’s also one of the top shopping destinations on Earth.

As such, it’s often difficult and expensive to find the accommodation you need when planning a New York City vacation.

If you’re accustomed to the finer things in life and wondering where to stay in NYC, a luxury house swap is the perfect solution for you. Keep reading to find out why.

New York City vacation apartment

1. A NYC House Swap Offers Variety

Traditionally, home swaps occur simultaneously. That means you and an interested party exchange homes during a specified period. Yet, that isn’t always a practical solution for both homeowners’ travel needs. Finding an exact match takes some luck and a lot of research. 

Fortunately, there is a solution. When you join a home exchange club like THIRDHOME, you gain access to a large portfolio of vacation properties in various locations offering flexible dates.

When you offer your vacation home for exchange and pay a nominal annual fee, you receive travel credits that you can use to book an available luxury property anywhere in New York at a time that suits you.

Around 50% of the nation’s second homes are in New York, California, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. This assures you of a good variety of homes to choose from when you indulge in NYC house exchange services. You can choose from a swish city penthouse, a Hamptons beach mansion, or a trendy loft apartment, depending on your needs.

When you travel with THIRDHOME, you also have access to high-end branded full-service properties courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Equity Residences, Four Seasons, and more.

New York City vacation St. Regis

2. Travel Is So Much Simpler

A Manhattan house swap is around 90% cheaper than renting an equivalent Airbnb or hotel room, but the perks don’t end there. Many accommodations via home exchange services comprise family homes equipped with all the necessary amenities and facilities for leisure travel. 

For instance, seaside homes may include sports equipment, fishing gear, and watercraft in the deal. Some properties are even child-friendly and come furnished with all the necessary equipment that small children need. 

This means you needn’t lug beach umbrellas and high chairs halfway across the country when you travel. You can search for properties based on specific criteria, or you can enquire about the facilities and furnishings provided and avoid any unpleasant surprises or shortfalls on arrival.

There’s no need to bring all these extra gadgets along, and there’s likely to be a fully-equipped kitchen with high-end appliances available in the home. So, you needn’t cart your favorite coffee maker or juicer along for the trip. 

What’s more, some homeowners may allow you to use their vehicle during your stay. Thanks to New York’s efficient public transport system, you’ll barely need a vehicle, and parking can be challenging, but it’s useful to have a car handy for day trips.

3. You’re Assured of Top-Quality Accommodations

In terms of luxury, high-end home swap services operate on a like-for-like basis. This assures you of a home-away-from-home experience without compromising quality when traveling to NYC. 

That doesn’t mean you need to own the same type of home, though. You can swap your sprawling Colorado ranch home for a swanky New York penthouse. 

You never need to worry about arriving in sub-standard accommodation in a run-down part of town. Home swap companies vet all their members and qualify their properties before adding them to the portfolio of available homes.

These one million to 50 million dollar properties may include features like hot tubs, state-of-the-art equipment, games rooms, undercover private parking, custom furnishings, and priceless views.

You don’t need to share any of these facilities with other travelers like you do when you stay in a hotel. You can enjoy your meals when and where you want to without the fetters of dining room dress codes and set meal times. 

In short, you’re staying in accommodation that’s furnished and equipped to a standard that’s good enough for their families. 

Both homeowners and guests rate and review their home swap experience, so everyone knows what to expect when entering this type of arrangement. 

New York City vacation luxurious accomodation

4. You’ll Maximize Your New York City Vacation

New Yorkers are notoriously private people, and it isn’t easy to make friends even when you live there. A home swap can help you feel more at home in this often impersonal city.

If you’re enjoying a home swap, the neighbors view you as a guest of the homeowner rather than a tourist. This means you could enjoy higher levels of personalized and attentive service and might even scoop up a few friendly invitations to dinner. 

Welcoming neighbors are also a great source of information regarding local eateries, events, and entertainment. The homeowner may leave a list of recommendations for your convenience, too. 

Location is everything in a popular destination like New York. Most home swap vacation properties occupy sought-after addresses in the city, where you’ll have no problem getting to NYC’s top museums, theaters, parks, restaurants, and shopping districts. 

Despite their excellent locations, home swaps aren’t always situated in the heart of tourist areas. So, you’ll find yourself shopping and eating at places geared toward residents rather than vacationers. 

Not only will this shield you from inflated tourist prices, but it’s also the best way to live like a local during your stay. 

New York hotel prices are set to soar by another 8% this year, so you could save hundreds of dollars with a home exchange arrangement, too.  

Thanks to savings on your accommodation fees, you can lap up more of the city’s high-end diversions without any budget-related guilt. You can also afford to stay longer and take in more of the sights. 

5. It’s Easier to Find Accommodations

Peak vacation season in New York means exorbitant prices and limited availability. When you opt for a home swap, you can avoid this chaos and even pull off a last-minute booking in some cases.

Homeowners with vacation properties in the city often feel like heading somewhere different at Christmas time. They might prefer to enjoy the warmer climes of southern California in December, allowing you access to their home and lap up the magical holiday-filled environment of New York.

Home swaps aren’t always like traditional rental accommodation options that fill up long before the holidays roll around. While peak season periods are always in higher demand, you’re competing with fewer people at these times because you’re part of an exclusive club.

When you opt for a home swap, you can remove the urgency of finding and booking accommodation months in advance, offering greater flexibility for your New York stay.

New York City vacation holiday

6. It’s the Best Use of Your Investment

A cost-effective, convenient, and luxurious New York vacation is a fantastic return for all the effort you put into keeping your second home vacation-ready.

Maintaining a second home is a costly endeavor and can become a frustrating financial burden unless you use it often. While vacation rentals can yield some profit, they may also lead to excessive wear and tear, maintenance costs, and avoidable repairs.

You never know who is going to arrive to occupy your highly-prized investment and whether they’ll take good care of it.

Limited occupancy via a home exchange program is a far safer bet. When you make your home available to like-minded vacationers, you greatly reduce the risks associated with allowing strangers to stay in your house. 

By the same token, when you engage in a luxury New York house swap, you know you’re staying in good quality, exclusive-use accommodation that isn’t worn down from overuse. 

Best of all, when you join a home exchange club like THIRDHOME, you’re guaranteed up to $5M in host protection.

Consider Your Options Today

New York is undoubtedly one of the world’s top destinations. A New York City vacation gives you access to a vast range of experiences ranging from bustling nightlife to serene cultural immersion. 

You can immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, enjoy a luxurious experience, avoid the stress of excessive packing, and get great value for your money.  

NYC is the ideal something-for-everyone destination and among the top choices for well-heeled travelers. When you sign up for a home exchange program, you’ve got access to all of this, plus a host of other premier properties around the globe. 

 Sign up with THIRDHOME now and start planning your next great escape. 

Powdery white snow cascading down the mountain ranges of Colorado; greenery as far as the eye can see in the summer; history engraved into every street—this is what makes Aspen the ultimate destination for a house swap vacation.

This beautiful city is worth visiting regardless of the season. Although, they don’t call it the skiing hotspot for nothing. Come winter, Aspen transforms into a snow-filled wonderland, a ski lover’s paradise that lasts from November to April.

However, the city’s breathtaking beauty comes at a cost, and budget-conscious travelers may have to get a little creative to enjoy their time in the mountains of Colorado. But don’t let the price tag dampen your spirits. Consider a house swap vacation and revel in the breathtaking beauty of Aspen without breaking the bank.

Here are 13 benefits of doing a house swap vacation in Aspen.

1. Enjoy Aspen Like a Local

Nothing makes for a good vacation like trekking the path less traveled. If you are not looking to have the generic tourist experience, then consider doing a house exchange.

Once you walk through the doors of your “new home,” you will discover more about the town than a hotel would afford you. You will get to live like the locals. And even give it a try yourself.

The beauty of Aspen is that adventure awaits in every corner. You can walk down South Galena Street. There you will find yourself revisiting the wild west at Kemo Sabe.

Or, if you are a committed bookworm, you can stroll into Explore Booksellers for a Victoria bookshop experience.

You can also communicate with the homeowner to leave you a recommended list of places to check out. They can tailor the list to your preference from a local’s perspective.

Downtown Aspen Colorado during a house swap vacation

2. Save Money

Aspen is a celebrity magnet. It seems people the world over cannot resist its small-town charm. But with that also comes a hefty price tag for accommodation.

House swaps are the best way for those seeking budget-friendly vacations to enjoy their stay in Aspen. 

With a house swap, you can say goodbye to the high costs of booking a room in an upscale ski resort. You’ll enjoy that same room and other premium Aspen houses for a fraction of what it would cost to rent.

3. Enjoy Premium Amenities

A house swap means you are staying in someone else’s home, and most homes are equipped with traditional amenities like WiFi and TVs.

But THIRDHOME homes take it a step further. Luxurious extras like saunas, infinity pools, massage rooms, state-of-the-art home theater systems, and fully-equipped gyms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the premium amenities you’ll experience.

house swap vacation home theater

4. Have a Say in Your Stay

With home exchanges, you have the unmatched opportunity of having a say in where you enjoy your vacation. THIRDHOME allows its members to decide where and how they want to vacation, whether that’s from a private estate or a fully loaded yacht.

With THIRDHOME exchange, your dream of a luxurious Aspen vacation can easily become a reality. Imagine yourself relaxing in a luxurious apartment and experiencing the beauty of Aspen like never before.

5. Enjoy Comfort and Luxury

There is a downside to traveling on a budget. And one that stands out to us is the compromise on luxury and comfort. For vacationers looking for budget-friendly vacations, luxury is something that they must overlook.

But this is not the case with our home exchange program. We put luxury at the forefront of vacationing. And with a minimum home valuation of $1,000,000, you can be sure that you’re getting upscale homes filled with all the five-star amenities you deserve.

6. Leverage Your Investment

If you own a vacation home or a second house that sits empty most of the year, then a house exchange might be the perfect thing for you.

With the privilege of a house exchange, you can turn unused time in your second home into a vacation in other homes across the globe. This way, you can leverage that investment into your vacation home.

house swap vacation home dining room

7. Build New Connections

Vacationing in Aspen, Colorado, wouldn’t be the same without feeling a sense of connection to the city. When you have a home in the heart of the city and are living like a local, you will find yourself as part of a community. Aspen’s warm and welcoming residents will make you feel right at home, even if it’s just for a brief stay.

8. Have a Vacation Home to Yourself

Hotel rooms, no matter how luxurious or charming, are limited in their offerings. A house exchange, on the other hand, provides you with a spacious and private abode for you and your traveling companions.

This offers a level of comfort and convenience that simply cannot be found with an Airbnb. While Airbnb properties may be occupied by multiple families, a home exchange allows you to truly make a house your home away from home, with no shared spaces or scheduling conflicts to worry about.

Enjoy the exclusivity of having a fully equipped home at your disposal, complete with a kitchen, bathroom, and all the amenities you need for a truly memorable vacation experience.

9. Eating Out like a Connoisseur

Aspen is renowned for its incredible dining scene, with a wealth of delicious restaurants to explore. To fully immerse yourself in the local cuisine, it may take multiple visits to try them all. But with a home exchange, you’ll have a trusted insider to guide you to the city’s hidden gems.

Your exchange partner can provide you with a personalized list of the best restaurants not to miss, perhaps even some that meet specific tastes and dietary needs.

Of course, no trip to Aspen would be complete without a visit to the highly acclaimed Bosq restaurant. With its stunning outdoor dining options, this fine dining establishment is a must-visit for anyone vacationing in the area.

10. Enjoy the X Games

Aspen Colorado is for the serial adventure lover. What you have is nature in your backyard and four mountains as your playground.

You can trek the expert trails of Aspen Highlands or enjoy spectacular views of Maroon Bells.

If you are one for winter action sports, you can also add the X Games to your itinerary. This event, which takes place on Buttermilk, is the center stage for extreme athletes.

Armed with your swap partner’s adventure guide, you will experience the mountains and games like you never have before. And if you are a skier, your house swap mate can give you pointers on the best place to get skiing gear.

winter sports

11. Be Immersed in Culture

Most tourists want to know the history and culture of the place they are visiting. There is something you can learn from the local museums. But nothing will show you the culture of a place more than the locals.

In the cocoon of your hotel, it may not be easy to know which places to go to interact with the true natives of Aspen.

However, when you are enjoying your Colorado vacation as a local, you will be surrounded by people who can help you see the reality of Aspen in a new light. This will also give you the unprecedented chance to also be part of a community.

12. Unplug

Aspen is known for its unforgettable mountains and is an adventure enthusiast’s dream, but there is more to the delightful town than skiing and mountain biking. For those who simply want to unplug, relax, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon, wander through the Aspen Art Museum or marvel over the 3,000 species of high-altitude plants at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

13. Set Up Your Own Itinerary

There is nothing like visiting Aspen on your own terms. Be it visiting in the winter with the sole intent of conquering the snow, or you want a good spring hike.

But what makes for a memorable vacation is the ability to set up your own itinerary. Instead of being forced into preplanned timetables, with a house swap, you can visit all the best attractions on your own time.

You can choose to visit the Hunter Creek Trail Head in the morning to avoid the hiking rush.

House Swap FAQs

If you are considering a house swap, you might naturally have some questions. It’s completely understandable as you will be spending time in someone else’s home. We’re here to help!

Is a House Exchange Safe?

The short answer is yes if you work with a trusted brand that vets its homeowners.

Is a Home Swap Vacation Worth it?

We would say most definitely! Doing a home swap for your vacation allows you to enjoy Aspen on a more unique and intimate level.

Will My House be Protected?

Yes! Your home is your investment and legacy. And we understand that it is important to protect it. That is why we offer a $5 million Host guarantee.

How Much Does it Cost?

Standard Exchanges fees for a home swap range from $495 to $1,395 USD per stay, which is a 90-95% savings compared to traditional rental rates.

Enjoy Aspen Your Way

Doing a home swap is the perfect way to enjoy Aspen without the heavy cost often associated with traveling to such a desirable city.

But there’s more to it than just saving money. You experience a one-of-a-kind vacation perfectly tailored to your liking.

Contact us to begin your travels.

After taking years off of travel, more and more people are eager to hit the road in 2023. Are you one of them? If so, consider a sun-soaked getaway to Southern California! Boasting an abundance of must-see destinations, this region is the perfect place to satisfy your travel cravings. To ensure a seamless trip, read our 11 expert tips before you plan your vacation this upcoming year. 

1. Dress in Layers

California has a dynamic type of weather with temperature swings from chilly mornings to hot afternoons. The key to staying comfortable is to dress in layers, so you can easily peel off or pile on as needed. 

Opt for long pants and layer a short or long sleeve t-shirt with a jacket. As the day warms up, you can shed the jacket, but don’t forget to keep it with you, as the evening can bring a sudden drop in temperature. 

Pack your jacket in a backpack or tie it around your waist for easy access. Keep in mind that the weather varies across California, so make sure to pack accordingly for your destination, whether it’s Santa Monica or San Diego.

2. Don’t Pack Beach Gear

If you plan to stay near the beach, locations like Malibu or Laguna Beach are ideal. But before you arrive, be sure to ask your host what beach-related amenities, like towels and water toys, their home may have.

Likewise, if you’re staying at a resort, many offer convenient rentals for items like beach chairs, umbrellas, and more. This way, you can make the most of your luggage space and bring back memories, not just beach gear.

beach gear for Southern California vacation

3. Choose Your Restaurants Before You Travel

For those who prefer to plan ahead, securing restaurant reservations before your trip is likely a top priority. In fact, you might already have reservations for the restaurants that you want to go to.

On the other hand, those who prefer to go with the flow may enjoy the spontaneity of dining decisions on the spot. However, in bustling Southern California, it’s best to make plans in advance to avoid long wait times at popular restaurants. 

To ensure a seamless dining experience, consider pre-selecting a few must-try restaurants and making reservations ahead of time. You can always keep a few nights open to try out local restaurants. Santa Barbara has some great options! Just be aware that you may have a slight wait at some restaurants in the area.

4. Maximize Your Time at Southern California’s Theme Parks

For families, theme parks are one of the biggest draws for a vacation in Southern California. But with so many attractions and rides to enjoy, you’ll want to maximize your time at the parks.

To do this, you should check out the theme park’s website before you go. A lot of them offer tickets online. This way, you don’t need to wait in line to buy tickets the day you get there. 

There are often options to get an express pass to skip the lines for the rides, ensuring you can hit more rides during your day at the park.

Disneyland in Southern California

5. Rent a Car

California is a very large state. It’s so large, in fact, that you might not be able to grasp its size until you visit. It’s important to remember that there’s more to this state than the iconic Hollywood sign, which is why we recommend renting a car to experience the most you can in Southern California on vacation.

By renting a car, you will not feel locked into staying in one specific spot. You can visit multiple cities in one day or take day trips from where you’re staying. If you stay in San Diego, for example, you can drive 1 hour and 15 minutes north to Laguna Beach!

6. Plan Extra Time

When visiting Southern California, allow for ample time in your itinerary to account for the inevitable traffic on the roads. But that’s not the only reason to be flexible with your schedule.

Unplanned detours and unexpected discoveries are part of the fun of travel. By giving yourself a cushion, you can fully immerse in the experience without feeling rushed.

And even for planned activities, it’s wise to factor in a little extra time, just in case things take longer than anticipated. This way, you can truly savor every moment of your trip without feeling rushed.

7. Go Hiking

If you rent a car, you’ll be able to go on a day trip from whatever city you’re in. On that day trip, we recommend going hiking. Consider looking up a few near San Diego— there are plenty of hiking areas to keep you busy!

California has nine national parks throughout the state. That means you are bound to find one (or two or three) that you would love to visit. To make the most of your travels, consider investing in a national park pass for just $80, giving you access to all the breathtaking scenery and adventures these parks have to offer.

Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California

8. Vacation in Southern California During the Off-Season

If you want to save time (and even possibly money), consider visiting California during the off-season. The shoulder season for Southern California means that you will have fewer crowds and cheaper prices.

You should go in April or May or wait until the fall, from September to October. 

If you are willing to go during the winter season, prices in crowds will drop even more from November through March.

If you are unable to go during the shoulder season because of other things you have going on, there are ways to beat the crowds.

For starters, it is best to visit popular spots on the weekdays. For instance, if you want to go to Disneyland, choose to go during the middle of the week. You will beat the crowds this way. 

9. Budget Accordingly

California offers a wealth of experiences and attractions, and while it can be a more costly destination, a little planning can help you make the most of your budget. 

Keep in mind that parking fees, attraction costs, and gas prices may be higher compared to other states, and dining out or grabbing a drink may also add up. But by being mindful of your spending, you can create a memorable trip that fits your budget and still enjoy all the state has to offer.

 Consider budgeting beforehand and prioritize the experiences that mean the most to you.

10. Plan a Long Enough Trip

If you want to see more than just one thing that Southern California has to offer, you need to make sure you plan a long enough trip. While a weekend jaunt may provide a taste of what the region has to offer, it won’t allow you to truly take it all in.

To see and do as much as possible, consider a week or two-long stay. However, even with this amount of time, you’ll have to pick and choose what you were able to do. 

Luckily, you can just plan another trip back over to the West Coast to see why you couldn’t before!

Newport Beach Southern California

11. Bring an Extra Bag

Southern California is a shopper’s paradise, so if you’re hoping to bring back some souvenirs or indulge in a little retail therapy, make sure to pack wisely.

Consider bringing an extra bag to ensure you have enough space for all your purchases, or alternatively, plan ahead and either bring a larger suitcase or purchase a new one while in California.

Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to take home some of the unique finds this shopping hub has to offer.

Southern California vacation

Now that you have read through these tips when visiting Southern California, you are ready for a SoCal trip of a lifetime!

Now it’s time to start planning!

If you’re interested in trading your home to do a home exchange for your trip, you can reach out to us. At THIRDHOME, we want to help you plan your trip to stay at one of the most luxurious properties you can find.

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Interested in doing a home exchange? Many people find that home exchanges are the perfect way to explore the world safely and inexpensively. You get the same comforts of home for much less than you would pay for other accommodations like hotels. Swapping homes is relatively simple and quite exciting, but for first-timers, it may be overwhelming wondering where to begin. Luckily, this guide will explain the basics of each type of home exchange, such as direct and indirect, and how to choose the best option for you. Let’s get started!

What Does It Mean to Exchange Homes?

The name says it all. A home exchange or house swap is when two people temporarily exchange homes for a set period of time. Generally, both homes are located in different areas, be it different cities, states, or even countries. What’s more, is that the properties often vary in style. You might own a high-rise apartment in New York City or Chicago, whereas your exchange partner might have a beach house in Jamaica or a ski chalet in the mountains. The beauty of trading homes is that you never have to visit the same place twice.

What Types of Homes Are Eligible for Exchange?

If you were to search for a home exchange website, you’d find several different options. However, not all home exchange sites are created equal because there is more than one way to do a house swap. For starters, a house exchange can occur between homeowners’ primary residences or their second residences, such as vacation homes, investment properties, or fractional resort properties.

THIRDHOME’s exchange club, for example, is exclusive to luxury second homes rather than primary residences to ensure the best experience possible. Staying in someone’s primary home often feels intrusive and uncomfortable because they contain the owner’s personal belongings. What’s more, is that exchanging primary residences limits when and where you can travel. When you swap primary residences, both parties are bound to that property’s specific location. 

A vacation home exchange, on the other hand, enables members to travel to more destinations and in more unique accommodations, such as yachts and five-star resorts. Not only can you swap your home for a stay in any destination of your choosing, but you’re also using your investment to your advantage. Rather than feeling guilty about your second property sitting empty, you can leverage it for additional and unique travel opportunities. It’s a win-win.

Understanding the Different Types of Home Swap Models

Direct Exchanges

Swapping primary residences translates to a direct exchange, which is where you simultaneously stay in somebody else’s home while they stay in yours. However, direct exchanges require you to find not only someone who wants to stay in your home but whose calendar and schedule also align with yours, which is especially challenging if you’re interested in a long-term swap. The direct exchange model doesn’t allow for flexibility of location or time frame and demands more advanced and extensive planning.

If you were to search for the perfect home swap match, it would take a lot of time and effort, including frequent correspondence. In fact, on average, 40 emails are exchanged between the guest and host members, which can be cumbersome.

Additionally, a direct home exchange may be difficult to arrange, depending on the location of your home. For example, someone with a penthouse in New York City might not be particularly interested in trading houses with someone in Oklahoma or Kansas. Consequently, direct exchanges tend to have a low rate of success.

Indirect Exchanges

An indirect exchange allows you to stay at another member’s home, even if they don’t stay in yours. The accommodating member receives an exchange credit to use as payment for their next exchange. This eliminates the need to coordinate schedules and allows maximum flexibility. 

THIRDHOME, for example, uses the indirect exchange model by awarding Keys (credits) to members when they offer stays at their home. This, in turn, allows the member to use their Keys where and when they want without having to find another member who wants to use their home. As a result, members are able to make real-time bookings and plans without having to send speculative requests and wait for responses. 

Best of all, THIRDHOME’s indirect exchange model is designed to work in tandem with conventional renting. Because our members choose which weeks they make available to other members of the Club, they are able to list any additional weeks on rental platforms, so they never need to worry about losing rental income.

Now that you’re familiar with the different types of home exchanges getting started is easy. To join THIRDHOME’s exchange club, simply qualify your home, browse our wide array of inventory, and begin traveling.

If you would like to learn more about our luxury home exchange opportunities, click here to browse our properties or visit our FAQ page.

With so many people longing for a cultural experience and the opportunity to connect with locals, home swap opportunities in Spain can be a great way to spend your holiday.

With its varied climate and culture, Spain is an ideal destination for exploration. From the beaches of Costa del Sol to the mountains of Sierra Nevada, there is something for everyone.

What makes this country special is that it’s not only full of awe-inspiring scenery but also rich with history and culture. No one will get bored here! Whether you want to visit world class museums or mingle with the locals watching fountain light shows, Spain’s diverse environment will make your stay unforgettable.

And while you are there, make sure to try some of Spain’s famous cuisine such as paella and tapas.

Here are some tips on how to find home swap opportunities in Spain.

What is a home swap?

A home swap is a type of vacation where you stay in someone else’s home, and they stay in yours.

If you’re looking for a cultural experience and an opportunity to connect with locals during your travels, house swapping is an ideal solution. This way, you will get to know the area better than any tourist ever could. 

It’s night and day in terms of experience, the friendships you can make and the memories you can build.

The Benefits of Home Swapping

As mentioned, one of the more obvious benefits of home swapping is that you’ll get to experience a different culture as in insider. With the help of a local homeowner, you’ll be able to arrange for more than just accommodation; they can introduce you to the natural and cultural wonders of Spain.

Another great benefit is that it’s an affordable way to see and do as much as possible. When home swapping, you usually don’t have to pay for accommodation as you’re trading homes with someone. This means that your budget will go much further when travelling!

It’s also a good option for families travelling with children. Home exchange can be a great alternative to your standard hotel that tends to get cramped quickly, especially when traveling with children.

How to Find Home Swap Opportunities in Spain

Finding a home swap opportunity in Spain can be difficult or easy depending on how you go about it. Here are some tips to help you find one:

  1. Ask your friends if they have any contacts or if they know of anyone who’s done a home swap with someone from Spain recently. If this is way you choose to do this, be prepared to be persistent and allow plenty of time ahead of your trip for it to come together.
  2. Search on the internet: There are house exchange websites like THIRDHOME that specialize in matching aspiring home swappers with their dream home. These sites do all the heavy lifting for you, including pre-selecting properties and offering reviews and feedback that you can check for peace of mind and to make sure that the swap will meet all your needs and expectations.


Home swapping is a fantastic way to live like a local and save money while exploring the world, it’s pretty hard to beat really!

Spain’s culture is rich with history, heritage, and traditions that make it a wonderful place to experience as a local!

While it can be hard to set up a home exchange if you do it yourself, there are plenty of specialized home exchange sites like THIRDHOME that make it really easy to try this fantastic way of traveling if you’ve never done it before.

So, why not go for it and take your travel game to the next level with a home swap?

Get started on your Spanish home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here

Italy is renowned for its fantastic food, captivating culture, and luxurious lifestyle. It is a dream destination for many people, but it can be pricey to fly over there and pay for lodging and other travel expenses.

The solution? Live in Italy like a local!

No, we are not telling you to move there, figure out how to buy a house or find one to rent, deal with all kinds of headaches, and so on. There’s a much easier way to get this done and that’s through home swapping.

A home swap is an experience where one homeowner exchanges his house, for a set amount of time, with another person’s house in a different location, often in a different country. 

This setup allows you to live like a local in your exchange country with little money and effort, especially if you use a reputable house swapping website to set this up like THIRDHOME.

Why Italy is the ultimate Home Swap destination

Italy is a country that oozes beauty, romance, and culture. It’s been a favorite holiday destination for eons.

Italy has something to offer everyone: from the bustling city life of Rome and Milan to the relaxing days spent on a beach in Sicily to the magical atmosphere of Venice and Florence.

It also offers world-class fashion and cuisine in addition to unparalleled attractions and masterpieces. This variety is one of the reasons why Italy is such a popular home exchange destination.

If you want to explore the beautiful Italian countryside, swap your home for a villa in Tuscany or Umbria. If you prefer to be near the sea, swap your home for a beach house in Rimini or Liguria. In the winter months, swap your home for an apartment in Milan or Venice and escape from the cold winters back home!

Home swapping is an amazing way to explore Italy without spending too much money on accommodation!

How to make sure your house swap goes smoothly

If you’re considering doing a house swap in Italy, there are a few things to take into consideration:

How to create a successful profile on a home swapping website

There are three main components to creating and maintaining a successful profile on home exchange sites.

The first thing is to provide as much information about yourself as possible so that potential homeowners can find the right match for their property.

Include an introduction about who you are, what kind of traveler you are, why you want to visit, how long you’re planning on staying, and why you’re interested in a particular home swap opportunity.

Secondly, be sure to take some good-quality photos of your home or apartment that will show off its positive attributes. You want to pique people’s curiosity about your home swap offer!

Finally, you’ll need the right attitude. Remember, the house you’ll be staying in is someone else’s home, so be sure to treat it with respect and do your best to maintain the condition of the property. You want glowing feedback from your hosts to ensure you’ll be able to find good quality home exchange partners in the future!

The importance of good communication with your host

When you’re planning a home swap, it’s important to communicate with your host. That way, if there are any issues with the place you’re staying in, they can be dealt with before you arrive or as soon as possible after arrival.

If you’re worried about their house not being what you expect, ask questions! Be sure to talk about expectations, features of the house that might be important to you, and anything else that might come up while living there.

If you plan on taking pets with you, make sure that the person hosting you is comfortable with that. You don’t want to surprise anyone just like you don’t want to be surprised in your own house. The entire point of the swap is to be able to relax and enjoy!


Home swapping is the perfect way to explore the world while building unique lifelong memories. Italy is a dream destination that home swapping makes more affordable and even more desirable.

Professional home exchange websites like THIRDHOME which has over 14,000 listings around the globe, including Italy, make it easy to find your dream home to stay in. Your biggest problem will be how to pick only one place out of the many great options!

Happy swapping!

Get started on your home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here.

London hosts plenty of attractions and has a diverse and vibrant culture. It’s an appealing city for both visitors and residents alike, but the locals’ experience is much more magical than anything a visitor can ever imagine. As a local, you are exposed to neighborhoods, sites, landmarks, and customs that a tourist would never find no matter how many travel guides they read.

But how do you experience the city like a local? The answer is simple: swap your home with someone who lives in London!

Not to mention that home swapping is not only cheaper than staying in a hotel but also more rewarding since you will be avoiding the usual bland, anonymous environment of most hotels, you’ll be able to relax in your own space with plenty of room to stretch your legs, and to be on your own schedule when it comes to meals. This is especially welcome if you are traveling with kids.

By living in London like a resident, you’ll get a chance to explore the various districts at leisure and maybe make some new friends too.

This blog post talks about why house swapping is such an interesting idea and why it’s worth trying if you haven’t already.


London is a city with plenty of history and tradition. And just like any other city, it has its own culture and quirks that locals know well. It’s an appealing city for visitors and residents alike but visitors definitely miss out on lots of great things.

And that’s why home swapping is one of the most exciting things that’s happened to travel in a long time, because it allows you to be a local anywhere in the world!

How Home Swapping Works

A home swap is when you temporarily exchange your home with someone who wants to live in your location.

For example, you could trade your apartment in London for an American’s house in New York.

The idea behind it is to live like a local and get a different perspective of the city. A nice side effect is that you’ll also save money in the process and that’s especially great in places like London that are notorious for being uber expensive.

To do a house swap, you just need to find someone who wants to trade homes with you and coordinate all the details of your exchange, from travel dates to rules of engagement.

You can search online for an exchange partner or try talking to people you know who might be interested in trading with you.

Otherwise, an easier and safer way to find house swapping opportunities nowadays is by visiting a reputable home exchange website like THIRDHOME.

These specialized websites make the process so simple that house swapping has rightly become a very popular way to travel in the past several years.

Generally, all you have to do on these sites is set up a profile and search for your ideal exchange home. THIRDHOME has over 13,000 listings all over the world, so you’ll have no trouble finding what you’re looking for.


Home swapping is a great way to experience a place at a whole new level even if you’ve been there as a tourist before. We highly recommend it as do countless other people around the world.

We hope this short guide convinced you to try it if you haven’t already, so you’re not left wishing that you had found out about this sooner.

Have fun home swapping! Get started on your home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here:

House swapping is a great idea for anyone who wants to experience a new culture and meet new people.

It offers the opportunity to live like a local in a foreign country, without having to commit to a long-term lease or purchase property outright. With less risk and more flexibility, house swapping allows you to have the adventure of a lifetime without taking on any big financial responsibilities and potential headaches.

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for those looking to exchange their homes from all over the world.

Here are 5 tips to help you successfully house swap in Australia.

1.  Define Your Expectations

Before you start looking for a house to swap, think about what you’re expecting from the experience. What type of house are you looking for? Are you looking for a house on the beach or in an urban area? Is your entire family coming along for this adventure?

Think about all your needs and wants before approaching any potential house exchange partners. You’ll have a better chance of finding that perfect home when you clarify all your expectations upfront.

Once you find the right home, it will be worth it to do some research on things like public transportation, local customs, and even schools if necessary, so you’re not caught off guard.

2.  Know the Rules of the Game

The rules for swapping homes can vary from country to country. However, there are some general guidelines you’ll want to be aware of before committing yourself to a swap.

First, foreigners will need a visa or permit to live in Australia for longer periods of time.

Second, you will still be expected to pay rent or mortgage on your house back home, even if it’s not being occupied.

Third, make sure you have the correct insurance coverage on your residence back home. This is especially important if someone is staying in your property while you’re staying in theirs.

Specialized home exchange websites like THIRDHOME also offer their own insurance that covers repairs and personal possessions for added peace of mind when you trade homes and let a stranger stay in your house.

3. Prepare for Change

No matter where you’re going, there will be a difference between what you’re used to and what you find.

Be prepared for the changes ahead by reading up on Australia’s culture and customs. Reading travel blogs written by others who have visited can be helpful for getting the lay of the land.

The other side of the coin is that, while it helps to have an idea of what to expect, many people feel like they need to “do it right” when they visit a new country, but this can cause more stress than it’s worth.

Instead of fearing the unknown, embrace the opportunity to experience something new and learn to go with the flow! After all, the entire point of traveling is personal growth.

4.  Be a Good House Guest

House swapping is all about being a good guest.

You are not just visiting someone’s home; you are also entrusted with the responsibility of caring for it while you are there. This means that you should follow the guidelines set by your hosts and always apply the platinum rule: treat other people’s things even better than you treat yours.

Also, do some research about what is expected of house visitors in Australia and make sure you adhere to the local etiquette.

The goal is to make your stay as enjoyable as possible for everyone involved in the property exchange.

5.  Get to Know the Neighbors

It is important to do a bit of research on the neighborhood.

You want to be able to feel safe and comfortable in your surroundings, so take the time to get a good feel for the area by talking with locals. They will also be able to give you great tips on where to shop and what to do in the area.

These details will make it easier for you settle into your new environment.


House swapping is a great way to make memories that will last you a lifetime.

By living in someone else’s home for a few days or weeks, you get the chance to explore foreign cultures, try new foods and get to know people that might otherwise never cross your path, all while staying fiscally responsible.

It’s no wonder so many are turning to home swapping when it comes to travel plans, and specialized home exchange sites like THIRDHOME, which has over 14,000 listings around the globe, including Australia, make it really easy to join this growing number of people!

Get started on your home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here:

If you’ve never been to the United States of America, you must visit! And what better way to do this than by house swapping?

Americans love to travel. In fact, they made about 1 billion trips in 2019. And more and more of them are catching on to a trend that has taken the travel experience to a whole new level: house swapping.

A house swap allows you to stay in someone else’s home just as if it were your own, and the homeowner does the same with your home back in your country. House swapping offers benefits that can’t be matched by any other form of accommodation.

Read on to find out the 5 reasons why Americans love home swapping and why this is great news for you!

What is a house swap?

House swapping is a great way to travel without breaking the bank. For example, it’s a way for those who have limited budgets to go abroad and experience another country while living like a local.

A house swap happens when two families trade houses for a set amount of time. Each family remains responsible for paying taxes, utilities, and do garden maintenance on their own house but the visiting family will live there and do all cleaning and cooking as if they were in their own home.

Basically, you will feel as if you’re home even while being away from home.

Why Americans love house swapping and why this is great news for you

Below are 5 reasons:

  1. It’s a great way to experience the American way of life like a local while you’re on vacation.
  2. You get to meet new people and explore new cultures (every US state is different).
  3. You have a home away from home.
  4. It’s a lot easier on your wallet than staying in hotels and eating out all the time!
  5. Because Americans love home swapping, you have lots of choices when it comes to finding a home exchange partner in your desired location!

Let’s go even deeper…

House swapping is a great way to see a country

One of the most popular reasons for house swapping is to experience what it’s like living in a different state or country. It’s an awesome way to get a taste for what life would be like in another area, since you’re able to live as part of the local community. This is not something you can experience as a tourist, no matter how many times you visit a place.

You have access to all the amenities of being a homeowner, from grocery shopping to cooking your own meals.

When you live like this for a few days, weeks, or months, it can really change how you see things around you. It’s an experience that’s both new and comfortable at the same time.


In addition, house swapping is generally much cheaper than other forms of accommodation. This is because you’re not paying for your room (as well as someone else’s if you travel with your family) like you do in hotels. This means that you’ll have more money left to do things that matter to you.

House Swap USA – Finding an exchange partner

There are many house swaps available in America, depending on where you want to travel and what you want to experience.

Every homeowner has their own unique lifestyle and way of living, so we recommend browsing for house swaps based on your interests!

Reputable home exchange sites like THIRDHOME, which has over 13,000 listings all over the world, including in the USA, offer lots of choices when it comes to finding a house swapping opportunity and make the process fun and hassle-free by offering reviews and additional insurance coverage for peace of mind.


House swapping in the USA is a fantastic way to experience the country and truly see what makes it so great. With so many benefits and reasons to house swap, we believe everyone should be doing it. If you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time to go for it!

Get started on your home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here:

THIRDHOME Rentals is pleased to announce our new partnership with Hosteeva. 

THIRDHOME Rentals is excited to partner with Hosteeva, a tech-driven luxury vacation home rental. Starting today, select properties from Hosteeva’s portfolio of premium and luxury private homes in popular vacation destinations throughout the United States and globally are available for booking on THIRDHOME platform. 

All Hosteeva properties offered on THIRDHOME include: 

About Hosteeva:

Founded in 2014, Hosteeva is revolutionizing the vacation rental experience for both travelers and homeowners. The vacation home rental platform helps travelers discover 5-star luxury vacation accommodations and offers homeowners end-to-end property management services. With 2000 premium and luxury properties across North America, all Hosteeva homes, from downtown penthouse studios to sprawling villas, come with a fully-equipped kitchen with coffee and refreshments, work and entertainment-friendly spaces, free Wi-Fi, TV, Netflix and all the amenities and entertainment guests need to feel at home, whether they’re staying for just one night or several weeks. The company’s first-class customer service team offers contact-free check-in, professional cleaning, hotel-grade linens and 24/7 concierge services. Hosteeva has served over 600,000 travelers and companies representing brands such as Amazon, Microsoft, Accenture and more. For more information, visit

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