Use Home Exchange to Make new Friends and stay for Free

by fred
(Orlando FL)

I have to say the best budget travel tip is home exchange. We have been able to go places and stay longer than would have been possible if we used hotels all the time.

We have also made some great friends along the way and it's been fun living with the locals while on vacation.

Having a kitchen is great and also helps us save while on vacation. We also joined a nice home exchange community for free. We like free, it fits within our budget.

The site we joined is
It was free and very well done.

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Jul 29, 2008
Caution Regarding Free Home Exchange Companies
by: Anne

Home exchange is definitely the way to go, most especially in these very difficult times. You can save a bundle, especially when a car is also part of the deal. Many home exchangers are also happy to care for each others pets, thus saving kennel fees.

However, I very strongly caution about using free companies. Their intentions may be excellent, but companies that don't charge a fee, even a small one, have absolutely no follow-up on their members. By charging a membership fee they immediately verify that the member's personal contact information is genuine and correct. This becomes critical in the event of any issue that may arise.

I run a blog devoted to the concept of home exchanging. It's full of good information and advice as well as contributions from actual home exchangers. Take a look at

Cheers - Anne

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