Home swap is one of the few sectors of tourism still growing in spite of the crisis.
Money of course ; middle class families keep a sharp look on their holiday expenses. Home swap is a very good way to cut down accomadation and food budgets in vacation time.
Curiosity: exchange of houses or appartments, or any other habits linked to hospitality, are manners to express the desire to travel differently, closer to other people.
Ethics: home swap is an ecological way to travel. A house swapper leaves behind a much lighter ecological damage than a tourist in hotels. Home swap could contribute in alleviating the real estate pressure in some of the most wonderful regions of the world.
All you need to know about Home Exchange
House swap started in the fifties. Before the digital era, printed catalogs of exchanges were available. Internet has brought much easier communication means. Very popular in Canada, the practice has spread to France and other European countries, USA, Australia. 2 or 3 years ago, emerging countries such as Brazil, Argentina, South Africa have joined, feeling interest for it.
As in any developing business, it has today become harder to find the right partner for an exchange. Bids are growing but more and more you find the fellow next door offering just about the same as you.
“Camago allows you to share the good practice of exchange, the best swap plans and the most useful advices to help you find your way in Home Swap.”
The home exchange clubs on line
Some are old timer in the business, others have just been launched. All show a good spirit … and their limitations … Although their number grows every day, they operate more or less similarly: a yearly fee, against the assurance of being allowed to make unlimited contacts with members.
“Camago keeps a close watch on them all. Feeling sympathy but uncompromisingly, Camago aims at becoming the consumer referee of the Home Swap”
Testimonies and experiences
Money, or rather savings, is the initial motivation. However, right from the first step in Home Swap, users insist that something else comes up: the “intimate exotism”. To exchange home for a holiday period brings the opportunity of a new glance on your “owner attitude” property and the concept of being “at home”. Indeed you are “at home away from home” as the Profvac (for teachers only) site states.
Putting on stranger’s boots makes you have a different look at your own culture. Although many articles and reports have been made on the home interchange, the testimonies are few.
“ Camago welcomes swappers to publish testimonies on its site. Everybody will benefit of this experience feedback”
Swappers are not particularly cautious in crises times. They want to keep travelling in spite of dwindeling resources. They will look for approches compatible with their reduced income. This is why alternative solutions emerge in the Home Swap. Youngers are fond of couchsurfing, nomad workers look for long term interchanges, seniors swap their secondary residence or welcome home entire families. The reciprocal hospitality is today’s trend, and in addition to the Home Swap, comes flexibility and weaving of deeper friendly ties, each one playing host at home and guest at the partner’s place, sharing neighborhoods, passions,…