Pourquoi échanger ?
Echanger sa maison ou son appartement permet de séjourner dans une autre ville ou dans un autre pays avec comme seuls frais, ceux du voyage. Cela veut dire pouvoir voyager plus loin, partir en vacances plus souvent et une fois sur place profiter davantage de votre nouvel environnement : bons restaurants, concerts, théâtre etc. Bref, la formule laisse le temps et les moyens de visiter des lieux jusque-là inaccessibles.
On réalise donc des économies en échangeant, mais on retire également de l’échange des avantages d’une toute autre nature: une richesse et une expérience unique. En effet, on n’échange pas seulement sa maison mais son contexte de vie… Avec le confort d’un chez-soi possible aujourd’hui dans plus de 70 pays, on bénéficie également de la gentillesse et de la considération de la famille échangeante qui met à disposition sa connaissance de la région, ainsi que, le cas échéant, ses vélos, les jouets d’enfants, les raquettes de tennis et parfois même le bateau, les cartes de club et la résidence secondaire !
Why Home Exchange?
Home exchange is a unique way of taking a holiday that has a wide range of benefits for people like you. Home exchangers tend to be independent and adventurous people who are also decent, generous, honest and trust-worthy.
HomeLinkers are often seasoned travelers and are tired of being treated like tourists on conventional package tours and tired of the impersonal nature of hotels. They prefer to experience the real culture of the place in which they stay.
Here are some of the reasons why HomeLinkers find that home exchange is the key to more rewarding holidays.
HomeLink membership eliminates accommodation costs, irrespective of the duration of your stay. It is easy to imagine how this money could be put to good use: A more exotic destination perhaps? How about longer (or more) holidays? Or maybe a treat to some special event that helps to turn a good holiday into a great one. A Canadian HomeLink member told us that her membership fee more than paid for itself on the first night of her first exchange!
Many members also exchange cars which can save even more money. Car rental can be expensive particularly if you need a large family car.
There is no limit to the number of exchange holidays that you can take during your membership year. Many retired and semi-retired members spend a number of months away each year – how about spending the wet winter days in Florida
The emergence of cheaper than ever airfares opens up the possibility of adding a number of short 3-7 day breaks to the main holiday of the year. On renewing for their second year, one family recently told us that they had completed seven exchanges in their first year! On that basis, it’s perhaps not surprising that we have members who have taken advantage of this cost-effective holiday formula to clock up over 100 exchanges!
“When in Rome…..” Conventional tourism means you are continually treated like a tourist and very rarely get to meet the locals in normal situations. Home exchange offers you the opportunity to parachute into a genuine local community and live like a local. So, if you like the idea of sauntering along to the village boulangerie to buy your breakfast , then home exchange is for you.
Well-matched home exchange partners go on holiday in the knowledge that their accommodation is likely to be tailored to their needs. For instance, parents of young children may find it easier to relax when their holiday home is child-friendly. Parents might also enjoy travelling light, as you may have items such as a car seats, high chairs and a range of toys waiting for you.
Furthermore, many members agree to take care of each other’s pets and/or garden so there may not be a need to pay for alternative arrangements or return home to a jungle after your holiday.
Take a look at the exchange offers that we have available and discover the quality of our members’ homes. The vast majority of our members offer their main residence for exchange so you will find the comforts of home that are missing from a B&B or hotel
Insurance companies will tell you that your home is at its highest risk of break-in when it is unoccupied (e.g. during holidays). As well as providing you with your holiday accommodation, home exchange also provides you with a fellow member to help manage the security of your home and its contents while you are away.
Extras – Often the most important!