Let me just come out and say it. House swapping is ideal for families or anyone looking to travel long-term! It’s just a fantastic, budget-friendly alternative when it comes to accommodation.
If you’ve been following my August posts, you’ll know that I recently returned from spending three weeks in Denmark. On this trip, the family I was traveling with participated in a home exchange. This allowed all 6 of us to comfortably stay in a lovely home 20 minutes outside of Copenhagen. It also allowed us to stay longer since we weren’t paying for a hotel room each night. Not only was this whole exchange free, but we ended up swapping cars too! This is pretty common on most home exchange websites and I think it’s a great bonus.
I understand that house swapping isn’t for everyone though. You must be 100% comfortable with the idea of strangers living in your home. I know that sounds a bit crazy but emailing and even skyping with the family you’re swapping houses with beforehand helps (and really, is a must)! It also helps to plan far in advance. Both parties have to agree on specific dates and finding the right airline deals can take time. Also, keep your expectations realistic. You’re not going to be able to trade your 1 bedroom apartment in Brooklyn for a chateau in France. However, maybe a nice studio apartment in Paris would suffice?! 🙂
I know there are plenty of sites out there for house swapping but the one I’d reccomend is HomeExchange.com This one seems to be the most popular and it’s very user friendly. I had a great experience in Denmark thanks to Home Exchange. They aren’t paying me to say this, I promise!
I’d love to share pictures of the Danish home we stayed in but I don’t know how the family would feel about that. Instead, let me show you around the lovely seaside town of Rungsted.
One of my favorite things about this trip was driving outside the city and along the coast. If you decide to take a seaside road trip, I’d reccomend stopping in the city of Helsingør for an afternoon. It’s also the place to hop on a ferry over to Sweden!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience in Denmark! This will be the last post about my trip. Let me know below if you’ve participated in a house exchange or have ever considered it. I’m happy to answer any questions.
Happy Travels 🙂