House Swap? The Best Way to Live Like a Local Anywhere in the World!

February 5, 2022 • By Amy Jo Robertson


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If you’re someone who wants to experience a new culture, there’s no better way to do it than by living it. And that’s where house swapping comes in!

Houseswapping is the process of temporarily exchanging homes with someone from a different country, city or even town for a short period of time. It doesn’t require any money or paperwork and is an excellent way to live like a local and to get away from the generic, bland, anonymous feel of most hotels.

In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to find swaps for a home trade and how to make the most of your experience.

Ready to houseswap? Here’s everything you need to know!

What is House Swapping?

House swapping is when two people in different countries or locations exchange houses for a set period of time.

It’s quick and easy to do, and you get the chance to live in someone else’s home. This adds a level of comfort and even luxury to your vacation that you might not get or be able to access otherwise.

The idea has been around for a while and was popularized in the 2006 movie, The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. In the film, two women, who live on opposite sides of the Atlantic, homeswap through an international house exchange website to get away during the holiday season, and end up finding true friendship and love in the process.

How Does House Swapping Work?

There are two types of house swap: the formal swap and the informal swap.

Formal swaps require some form of agreement between you and your host. This can include rules about how much time is spent at the house, whether or not to exchange keys, and who pays for what during your stay, just to name a few.

Informal swaps might also include some set rules but they’re generally more loose than in formal swaps.

No matter which type of home swap you end up choosing, swapping houses is a great way to get to know people while living like a local in their country. Whether you want to experience the best of life in Spain or explore running waterfalls in Thailand, house swapping provides an excellent opportunity to do so with less stress on your wallet and a depth of experience that you wouldn’t otherwise have!

Where Can I Find a Swap?

House swapping is an international phenomenon, with people hosting and swapping all over the world.

There are different ways of finding swaps for vacation or business. You can reach out to your contacts on social media or join dedicated Facebook or Meetup groups. If you choose to go this route, the key is to be persistent and contact as many people as possible!

But if you’re anything like most people these days and have little time and patience to do all that work, you will love the fact that there are websites specialized in house swapping that have done all the heavy lifting for you.

Places like ThirdHome make house swapping so easy that they’ve become the go-to solution for countless house swappers. With over 14,000 homes listed by location around the world, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

And the best thing is that they minimize the risk of bad experiences that you might have as a do-it-yourselfer through the creation of a secure exchange environment that includes a pre-selection process and insurance coverage.

If you’re planning a house swap vacation, the last thing you want is to be left with bad memories of having had to deal with an unhappy homeowner or a disappointing property that was nothing like what you expected.

Tips on Making the Most of Your Experience

A house swap for vacation is a unique experience that will give you a new perspective on life.

There are many reasons why people house swap and everyone can have a great experience even when they are looking for completely different things in travel, because house swapping offers variety and a richness of experience that is otherwise hard to get.

And to make sure that you are set up for success, here are 5 things to know before going abroad:

  1. You must have an open mind when it comes to customs and lifestyle.
  2. You should be willing to share your space with strangers.
  3. You may not have the same conveniences that you’re used to in your home. Different cultures value different things.
  4. It’s worth researching the area before you go, so you’re better prepared for what you’ll encounter while staying there.
  5. Learn basic phrases in the language of the country you’re going to visit – this could make a big difference in how welcome you feel!


House swapping is a great way to take your vacation to the next level.

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

A house swap can provide you and your family with enough amazing memories to last a lifetime and can truly be a life-changing adventure.

We can’t wait for you to try it! Get started on your home exchange adventure with ThirdHome here.

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