Home Exchange

Kalai By Kalai, 22nd Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1kd000xv/
Posted in Wikinut>Travel>Tips>Planning

Going for a holiday and staying in decent hotels is expensive. This is worse when your family consists of a few teenagers and you would need to book two or more rooms. Would it not be wonderful if we could travel to any part of the world and not to have to worry about hotel costs?

You Stay At My Place And I will Stay At Yours

Have you heard of home exchange programs where you can actually exchange your homes with individuals from across the world for holiday purposes? With the costs of hotels sky rocketing, the idea is slowly gaining popularity and there are web sites catering for this need.

I stumbled upon an interesting website where you are required to register and indicate your preferred holiday destination. In return you should offer your home during that period to those interested in visiting your country. At first glance it seems like a wonderful idea. You can save a lot of money on accommodation and even find a home in an area near town. I would love to live in a beautiful cottage as seen in the photo. With my two teenagers and husband, travelling would require booking two rooms and this is expensive unlike when they were mere toddlers and all of us could manage with one room. Moreover, if we are going to go for a holiday, a certain degree of comfort is also required. After all, we want to rest and relax with some sight seeing thrown in.

The downside, of course, is allowing strangers into your own homes. 
I am really not comfortable knowing that some stranger is in my personal space and even sleeping on my bed. Yew! Even living in someone else home would make me uncomfortable. It would seem like an intrusion of private space. This feeling would not be there in a hotel that has a certain amount of formality about common space. How many of us actually think about the previous occupants of our hotel beds?

All the same, this is an interesting concept. I really wonder if this concept will catch on. What do you think? 


Holiday, Home Exchange, Personal Space, Privacy

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author avatar Kalai
Into English Literature in a big way. Have been an educator for many, many years. Also into health and food issues. Love to read. Will read just about anything and everything. A very happy person.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
24th Nov 2013 (#)

Hostels and house-swapping are not new concepts. And I'm even OK with the idea of a stranger living in my bed (I often bring my own blankets and sheets to hotels). The larger difficulty, and I think the reason why this isn't more popular, is trying to get people interested in coming to your area at the same time you're going to theirs. Also, the drive to that location may incur the need for a place to stay, and then what? Hence timeshares become more popular and house-sharing less so. Still, it's something I might like to try one day... ;)

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author avatar Rose*
20th Dec 2013 (#)

It's an interesting idea - though I'm not sure I like the idea of a stranger in my house going through my things...

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