OK- I will be honest this is not one of the tips I have been able to do yet. But the optimal word is..yet. Because I really want to. We live in the suburbs of San Diego and are around 25 minutes from the beach so I think that even though we are not directly in SD I think our home would still be desirable.
Tip #6 to Save money this year- Ditch the hotel and swap homes on your next vacation.
Basically homeswaping is just what it sounds like- instead of staying at a hotel for a vacation you find a place you want to go and see if anyone in that area wants to come to your area on a service like HomeExchange.com. You personally converse with them by email and phone and decide if it is a good match- and they you switch homes for your vacation. Some people even swap cars. Depending on where you want to go it could save a ton- probably at least $1000 dollars.
From all the research I have done it seems to be very successful- I guess when you know someone is staying in your home you treat theirs well :).
To list your home is a very reasonable a $119.40 a year (or you can pay under $50 for 3 months)- and there is no cost beyond that.
I would love to know if anyone has done this and find out about their experience- it just seem so cool to me and I hope to report my experience to you someday!!
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