Family holidays can be an overwhelming task with three main factors standing in the way – cost, convenience and flexibility. Hotels, resorts or villas fulfil this holy trinity of family holidays, meaning that you can often be left paying through the nose for your holiday accommodation, being cooped up in a space that is far from ideal for a family holiday, or incurring additional costs by not having the facilities to feed the family on site. But there is a way around it….
A few weeks back, the lovely people at Love Home Swap enabled my family and I to find a way around the usual holiday challenges we find ourselves up against (other than our own children!!) by letting me test out their home swapping service which took us to Copenhagen for a week.
I won’t lie, finding a home swap “partner” does take a little work (much like online dating for travel), an open mind, and you have to be able to trust, but in return you get these benefits too!
A home away from home
Gone are the days when it was just the two of you, and you could just live in a hut for a week with nothing but a backpack. Travelling with a family means you like to have your creature comforts – space to run around in, toys to play with, a supermarket close by, an adequate kitchen to cook in complete with toaster and pans. The beauty of swapping with with a family home means you get to enjoy a home set up with the needs of a family in mind already.
Visiting places you never thought of
With home in over 190 countries on the Love Home Swap platform, there are so many different opportunities in the mix. Honestly, if someone had asked me, Denmark wouldn’t have even featured in my mind but because the Love Home Swap platform tempts you with a selection of homes that match your search by city pad, sea view or mountain view, it kind of shakes your destination potential up a bit. We knew we wanted a city pad that we could “bring the kids” to, and after a process of review, selection and elimination…the rest as they say…was history!
This one is a no brainer. It doesn’t take a genius to realise the cost savings a home swap leads to. A week’s accommodation gratis ANYWHERE is certainly nothing to be sniffed at. All it costs it someone using your own home at the same time, and a cheap flight to your destination. The costs savings we made on our holiday meant we were able to in spend a little more during our visit, and using the money we saved to hire a car and explore the country further.
A REAL experience
Yes, you can be in a picture perfect hotel, resort or villa in a place just made for tourists OR you can see and experience how the people of the country you are visiting live, and sort of live their life for a week. Pretty cool.
Flexibility and convenience
In my book, there is nothing more vexing than having to dance around check in and check out times when on holiday. None of that with a home swap because you both need to be in each other’s places at the same time. You are also not dancing around peak seasons, dates, weekends and so forth as you are both working towards a mutually convenient time to arrange your swap and I was amazed at how incredibly smooth this was with our swap partner.
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This post is collaboration with Love Home Swap. All opinions are my own.