What if when you went on your next vacation, you could take along all the comforts of your own home? Just imagine, private bedrooms for every member of the family, an eat-in kitchen to prepare your own meals, easy access to laundry, a car, and a million other small everyday conveniences. Oh, and did we mention it's free? Of course, there's a catch. A stranger is going to be in your home, sleeping in your sheets, driving your car, and eating off your plates. For those who haven't seen The Holiday, that's the gist of home exchange.
A home exchange is a mutual agreement between two homeowners to swap houses for a set period of time--typically for a vacation. Depending on the exact agreement of the switch, that could also entail swapping cars, pets, and even pals with your vacation home's owners, says The Daily Mail. It can make round-the-world trips shockingly affordable, and allows you to experience a new destination as a true local--exploring someone else's neighborhood, trying out their recommendations, and soaking in the culture. Read more