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Home exchange: travel and feel at home

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As I mentioned in the 2012 travel summary, this year we will change the way we travel. I'm tired of going to shabby hostels where you sleep in beds that make you notice each of your bones and travel endless routes where you just destroyed. It's not that I got older, it's that I've burned a stage and from now on we want travel more calmly and stay in accommodations with charm, style and character.

Therefore, for a few months we have been considering the possibility of make a home exchange. I know several people in my environment who have been doing it for a few years and everyone has wonders: that if you know the country as a native, that if you can travel to another country without spending a lot of money, it is ideal for families with children, which is much closer than a hotel, etc ... So we have decided to take the plunge this year.

How to make a home exchange?

First of all is to subscribe to a home exchange website. There are several in the market, but we have signed up for interchangecasas.com, which is the Spanish version of homeexchange.com. Yes, it's the website that Kate Winslet and Cameron Díaz used to exchange the house in the movie The holiday. We have opted for this website because it is one of which friends have given us more satisfactory references.

On the home exchange website there are several possible subscriptions: the Bronze It's free, but just let the web surf, it doesn't give you the right to contact the owners of the houses. To do this you have to subscribe with the modality Silver (€ 95.4 / year).

Once subscribed, you have to put the house on the web, with information about the location, the neighborhood, photos of the house and, if you want, also some personal information. It is important to specify the number of rooms, bathrooms, the amount of people that can be accommodated and how many you want to go to someone else's house. You can also specify if you can smoke in the house, if you accept pets, if you "accept children" or if you want to water the plants or take care of the cat during the exchange. You can also specify if it is first or second residence, if it is a simultaneous exchange or not, or if you also exchange the car, for example.

In your file you can specify which destinations you are interested in that year and dates, although you can also say that you accept any destination.

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