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Deciding to Try Vacation Home Exchange

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Many travelers first choose a home exchange because they want to 
save money or because they want to experience something unusual, 
but there are many reasons why you might want to swap your home 
with someone.

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Distribution Date and Time: Tue May  2 12:49:58 EDT 2006

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Deciding to Try Vacation Home Exchange
Copyright © 2006 Helen Bergstein
Digsville Home Exchange Club

Many travelers first choose a home exchange because they want to 
save money or because they want to experience something unusual, 
but there are many reasons why you might want to swap your home 
with someone. Home swapping simply means that you make your home 
available to someone from another state or country while you stay 
travel in their home as an accommodation on your own trip. You 
can exchange homes for a few days or for months at a time. This 
style of traveling is quickly becoming one of the hottest options 
for people of all ages, thanks to the many advantages home 
swapping offers:

 * Adventure. If you want to experience a new destination as an 
   invited guest anywhere in the world, then home exchange is a 
   perfect option for you. Home exchange is about people and 
   cultures and it offers you a way to see the world from a local 
   perspective. You can mingle with the neighbors (if you want), 
   head to the local pub, or visit a farmers market to cook your 
   own delicious meals. With this travel accommodation, you have 
   the adventure of exploring a new home, staying away from usual 
   tourist areas, and the adventure of traveling further and 
   longer than you ever imagined.

 * Plenty of resources. When you choose to exchange homes, there 
   are wonderful online communities ready to help you find and 
   plan your next vacation exchange., for example, 
   comes highly recommended by members as a safe and friendly 
   place to learn about available homes and offers worldwide. 
   Tips on preparing your home, advice for finding the perfect 
   swap partner, and members' articles of recent swaps will have 
   you feeling like a home swap pro in no time.

 * Comfort. When you stay in someone's home, you enjoy the 
   pleasure of a real home, with all the amenities and personal 
   touches you've come to expect.  Imagine a fully equipped 
   kitchen when you're in the mood for scrambled eggs at 2am 
   or a full size washer and dryer when your toddler has just 
   covered himself in chocolate ice cream. There is simply no 
   need to stay in a drab or impersonal hotel room ever again.

 * Safety. Thanks to many of the secure online communities, you 
   can learn all about your host and their home before you 
   actually finalize any plans. Good communication is key to 
   all successful swaps. The home listing provides 
   plenty of opportunity to find out about the home and 
   neighborhood, home office amenities, and rules and regulations 
   such as no pets or smoking. Many emails and several phone 
   calls into planning your exchange vacation will ensure that 
   you'll feel like old friends by the time you arrive at your 
   home away from home. Once you arrive at your temporary home, 
   it's not unusual for hosts' friends and neighbors to drop by 
   or be available if you need them, offering help, suggestions 
   for sight-seeing, and some peace of mind.

 * Convenience. Today, finding homeowners to exchange with is 
   easier than ever.  Join a community, register as a member and 
   then browse the listings from all over the world to find a 
   home you would enjoy vacationing in. Posting your own home or 
   vacation home will bring in offers from around the globe that 
   could just lead to the best vacation you've ever had!

 * Flexibility. Whether you want to travel for a weekend, or 
   stay somewhere for months, chances are you can find suitable 
   accommodations to fit your lifestyle. Not all swaps must be 
   simultaneous, and very often 3 or more parties may be involved 
   to satisfy everyone's needs. If you can be a bit flexible with 
   dates and destinations the more opportunities (and fun) you'll 
   have. Experienced swappers say their best vacations came from 
   exchange offers in destinations they hadn't planned on 
   visiting before they started vacationing the home exchange 

 * Affordability. Without the cost of accommodations, and the 
   money saved on dining out at every meal, you'll save a 
   whopping amount of money to spend on more interesting things 
   such as cultural events, finer dining, maybe some adventure 
   trips on the side. Many homes are equipped with standard 
   sports equipment such as bicycles, tennis rackets, 
   canoes/kayaks, golf clubs, fishing equipment, snow shoes and 
   skis that you may very well have access to instead of renting.
   Quite a few exchangers also swap their cars, which can offer 
   you even more savings.

 * Great travel options. Few accommodations offer the options and 
   possibility of adventure that home swapping does. Whether you 
   want a cottage in Washington State, a loft in Paris, or a home 
   in the Australian Outback, you can find it through home 
   exchanges. Whether your preferences are modest or glamorous, 
   home swapping lets you travel as you please.

With all these great advantages, it's time to starting thinking 
travel - the home exchange way!

Helen Bergstein is the founder of the <a 
href=>Digsville Home Exchange 
Club</a> and an internationally-recognized expert on home exchange. 
Helen has written countless articles, newsletters, and surveys 
about home swapping and has won awards for her online home 
exchange service. Even though she keeps busy acting as chief, 
editor, customer service leader, and domain expert for, Helen still finds time to exchange her own home 
and do what fueled her passion for home exchange - travel.  Copyright 2006, Helen Bergstein



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