By Michele Koh Morollohouse-swapping-640
If you don't want to live like a tourist when visiting your next travel destination, then why not live in the home of a native? House swapping refers to the practice of home exchange between holidaymakers. So Mr. Brown in Perth, Australia can live rent-free in Mr. Teo's apartment on Orchard Road, Singapore, while Mr. Teo stays rent-free at Mr. Brown's cottage on Cottesloe beach. Not only does house swapping help you save on accommodation costs, it also allows you to be part of the local neighbourhood and experience what life is like for a resident.
It is believed that house swapping developed in North America and Europe in the 1950s and was something done between friends or family members, especially during summer time. Some house exchange deals also involve swapping cars and pet sitting and these can still be negotiated. It is estimated that by swapping homes instead of booking hotels, families can reduce their travel costs by as much as US$5,000. The houseRead More »from House Swapping