Property Exchange? Top 3 Benefits That Make You Not Want to Travel Any Other Way!February 20, 2022 • By THIRDHOME
The benefits of property exchange over other lodging alternatives when traveling are numerous, but we will focus on the top 3 in this post. Having spent way too much time and money staying in hotels worldwide, I wish I had known about this option a lot earlier… but better late than never!
So, without further ado…
The top 3 benefits of property exchange or house swapping are:
1. You have the unique opportunity to live in a different place like a local for a period of time.
How many times have you visited a city, done all the touristy stuff including standing in long lines to buy tickets to visit a landmark or braced yourself for the crowds you’d have to fight your way through, only to feel like you’re somehow missing out and longingly wishing that you knew someone local who could show you the ins and outs of the place?
With a mutual house exchange, you can kiss your FOMO [Fear of Missing Out] goodbye!
Not only you get to stay in a home in a neighborhood that you may not otherwise discover, but you have access to food and vendors who cater to the locals (you know, real food and products that locals buy and that are not totally overpriced to take advantage of tourists).
In addition, the host will be able to offer you recommendations for where to eat and what to see in the area. They can even set you up with friends and family who will be happy to share insider tips and tricks with you or even take you places with them!
In some cases, you can even swap the family’s car with your exchange host, taking care of your lodging and transportation needs in one fell swoop!
With a property exchange, you never have to feel like you’re not getting a taste of the real culture in a place ever again!
2. It gives you the benefits of home ownership even while traveling, such as privacy, security, and comfort.
And if feel like you’ve spent way too many years on the road, you will appreciate not having to deal with a million annoyances like when you’re staying at a hotel, no matter how nice the hotel might be.
I remember times when all I wanted was to have one meal without being interrupted by someone asking me a question or in the comfort of my own space and on my own terms.
And if you’re traveling with family or small children, all these benefits are compounded!
I could keep going here but you get the gist. A hotel will never be as comfortable as a private home. While there are certain undeniable benefits to hotels, a home offers you a completely different feel.
3. You don’t have to spend much to stay in beautiful, even luxurious locations that you might not otherwise be able to afford or have access to.
By staying in someone else’s home, you can potentially save a lot of money on your vacation since you’re putting up your own home for a swap instead of having to rent a place outright.
You can exchange a home with another person in a different city or country. You generally need to be available on the same dates and be interested in each other’s location. But this is not always necessary.
This becomes really easy to coordinate especially when you use a specialized property exchange website to plan your house swap, like THIRDHOME which has over 13,000 listings categorized by location all over the world.
I hope that after this, you are as excited to explore the world through house swapping as so many are.
If you’ve never tried house swapping before, what are you waiting for? This will change the way you travel and experience new locations forever and you’ll make unique, incredible memories in the process!
Get started on your home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here.