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To swap, be open minded
Many of those who exchange their house do not go where they thought of going when they began their search. When you understand that, you understand the philosophy of house swapping.
Because starting house swap adventure means agreeing to be surprised and loose control of everything, adopt a “let go” state of mind.
The 4 stages of the home exchanger mind:
- At the very beginning we say “no question a stranger in my home “, then the idea makes its way. We start admiting that not everyone behaves badly at other’s, and that carelessness is not a standard behaviour.
- Then, we make up our mind about the ideal destination. However, often we have difficulties to find exactly what we want. Then one day falls an e-mail reques from a country different than the one we targeted. The house is beautiful, the mail very friendly, the unexpected becomes possible.
- Some are immediatly excited about the choice. As students, we used TransEurope Rail pass. We arrived in railway stations and looked at all the destinations mentioned on the board. We knew our ticket was valid for each of them. What a feeling! In front of the world map of a home swap club, the feeling is the same. Your subscription gives you potential access to everywhere.
- Then preparations for the house come. We try to prepare everything, to inform as well as possible the new-comers about things allowed or forbidden under our roof. It’s also time to recognize, that the way the other family will use our home will never be identical to ours. We know, it hurts. But to accept it gives us freedom and liberates us from our owner’s attachment which at times, becomes a little bit narrow.
In summary, be open minded, stay focus, and agree to be surprised. These are our advices for a successfull experience. This philosophy goes beyond house swapping, and works for other apects of life !
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