Guest Post by: Local Home Swap
Being involved with home swapping has allowed me to travel the world while only paying for my transportation. But now, with work and other demands, travelling abroad is becoming less frequent. Yet with still having the need to regularly get away, I came upon the perfect solution – house swapping locally where the swap is only a road trip away. Here homeowners trade their city homes for country retreats and vice versa offering everyone a much needed change of pace without the stress of a long distance trip.
In looking closely at the concept, I was thrilled with the ease of its preparation. I would no longer need to spend the countless hours that’s usually required when planning an international exchange. Nor would I need to pay the steep price for an airline ticket. All I would need would be a full tank of gas in my vehicle and I’d be on my way.
I was also delighted with the many other benefits of swapping locally such as reducing any unknowns by talking directly to my swapping partner or having the option to have a pre-vacation visit to the home to ensure that it would meet all my needs. Most importantly, the flexibility of swapping locally offers the perfect solution as it allows me to take several mini-vacations throughout the year. I no longer need to cash in all my vacation days at once for an extended trip down south or abroad because sometimes all I need is a weekend escape to recharge my batteries.
Swapping locally is also ideal for the novice swapper who has heard of the concept and wants to give it a try to see if it’s right for them. For seasoned swappers, it’s a chance to getaway and rejuvenate in surroundings not far from home but light years away from everyday routine. It’s also a great accommodation alternative when visiting one’s children at university or attending an organized sports tournament or class reunion.
And the best part when swapping homes with someone who is only a road-trip away, if the weather forecast looks unfavourable, the swap can be postponed to a time when the weather is more pleasant. There are no airline tickets to cancel!
The concept of swapping locally was conceived by Montreal-based Catherine Massé when she traded her city home for a weekend getaway with a friend’s home in the country. After a 45 minute drive, Massé and her family were instantly surrounded by the calmness of a country setting while her friend’s weekend was filled with the vibrancy of city life. “We both enjoyed the best that each other’s world had to offer and it was the least complicated (and least expensive) vacation I’ve ever planned for my family” recalls Massé.
Seeing a need to make home swapping more accessible to all homeowners (and not just to those who live in popular tourist destinations) and after experiencing all the countless benefits of exchanging, Local Home Swap was created. The community is made up of like-minded travellers who support the sharing economy concept. And as part of a community, mutual respect is one of the natural results of sharing, with members caring for each other’s homes as though they were their own. It’s a true win-win!
For a limited time, Local Home Swap is offering free annual memberships. It’s a great way to experience a home exchange and to save hundreds to thousands of dollars on your next vacation. Join this growing community of home swappers and discover why your next escape is closer (and sooner) than you think!
About Sandra from Local Home Swap
This post has been written by Sandra Pearson, a serial home swapper based in Toronto, Ontario. Driven to have everyone try a home swap at least once, Sandra recently joined Local Home Swap to make swapping easier and more accessible to everyone. She has shared this passion recently when interviewed by the Globe and Mail’s Travel Concierge. Whether travelling or at home, Sandra is always available to answer your home swapping questions.