If you’re craving a European fix but the cost of visiting has you down — even with the euro at $1.27 and the pound sterling at $1.63 — how about exchanging your home with someone in Paris, London or Rome? You’ll save a bundle on hotel rates and about half the time, on car rental as well, since many exchanges come with the use of the family car.
Admittedly, home exchange is not for everyone. But newer services like homeexchange.com, which charges $99.95 per year, make it easy, with online listings that show photos and give detailed descriptions of the home and the owners.
Browse the listings at homeexchange.com and you’ll discover a two-bedroom loft in the London borough of Islington whose owners are interested in a visit to the States (above).
There’s a modern house with a swimming pool in Provence, close to Cannes, with an owner who is keen to visit New York City (above).
In short, if you’re game, there are hundred of opportunities to trade all over Europe.