Home Swapping

It's a great way to save money on your next vacation.  Sara Tetreault of the blog Go Gingham, joined us to share her experiences with home exchanges.  She's an expert, having done a dozen over the past decade.  Here are a few of her tips for home swapping:

  1. Use a reputable service or website.
  2. Remain “open-minded” with destinations.
  3. Assemble a travel binder – activities and events to do and see in your area.
  4. Compile a “house tricks” manual and share what doesn’t work and what’s close.
  5. Make arrangements for key pick-up and drop-off.
  6. Put away (and lock) valuables, financial records, and private documents.
  7. Make space in pantry, closet, and bathroom.
  8. Have a “welcome to our home kit” to welcome your guests.
  9. Leave staple foods – milk, orange juice, fruit, or bread – for the first day/night at your home.
  10. When you leave, write a thank you note and tell your partner what you did at their home.
  11. Be a good guest - leave the house nicer than how you found it.

For more information on home exchanges, visit Sara's website.

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