Why Home Exchange?
The Advantages of Home Exchange
There are many reasons to enjoy home exchange holidays. These are the ones we know about but you will know of many more!
Many home exchangers tell us that this unique travel option provides them with the “best holidays” they ever had. I would say this, wouldn't I, but all the testimonials on this site are unsolicited.
To be honest, we estimate that only one exchange in 400 does not work out due to differences in expectation or last minute serious health or family problems. If this happens your Organiser at Intervac will do everything in his or her own power to find a replacement. I myself have found that many home exchangers understand this sort of predicament and do what they can to help.
Our members take care of each other's property while vacationing. As opposed to leaving your home empty, another family takes care of it. Insurance companies prefer to have your home occupied during vacations.
I borrowed this word from my Canadian colleague! Choose “Open to Any Offer” as your exchange "destination" and you could end up anywhere. I illustrate a village in rural France, a private beach on Lake Macquarie in New South Wales (which is an inland sea), the Danish lake district . . . and so it goes on. Be flexible and you can let serendipity take you to places you never dreamt of!
Last but not least home exchanging is planet friendly. It reduces pressures for carbon hungry hotels and resorts. You in in local markets and use local services.It costs less, it is more fun and it cuts down your carbon footprint!
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Different cultures and lifestyles
Home exchange is the best way to experience another country and its culture. You involve yourself in the other family’s lifestyle. You can meet their neighbours and friends; you discover local stores, sights and flavour. You do not get these things from a package holiday.
Many exchange families remain friends long after their exchange. As one of our members has said puts it: “....home exchange is an act of international trust and cooperation at the individual level that one has to experience to really understand. It is important for me to move the exchange beyond a “free hotel/car” arrangement by careful preparation to receive your exchange guests in your community ....including meeting friends, family or professionals with a common bond."
Elimination of hotel and car expenses makes any destination affordable. You have a real kitchen to prepare family meals so you do not have to go to restaurants for every meal. You have more spending money for special tours, dinning or entertainment. Lets face it it is the cheapest way to take your family all round the world and, for most ordinary folks, the only way.
I have been an Organiser now for three years and the most gratifying aspect of the job is that I have found that home exchangers generally really can be trusted. What is more our competitors all say the same.
When you travel as a family you will find that staying in a real home is so much more comfortable than a hotel room. If you are exchanging to participate in a family reunion, your visit should be more enjoyable for you and your relatives.