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Eco-friendly Travel: Home Exchange
Home exchange as an eco-friendly travel alternative.
Home exchange, where you stay in someone else’s home and they use yours, is becoming more and more popular as a means to get away for a holiday or weekend. Where both parties are exchanging their main homes, the “swap” occurs at the same time and does not involve any additional accommodation, facilities or staffing.
Some people use a second home for exchange, swapping weeks when it would otherwise be sitting vacant. Exchanges which involve second homes don’t necessarily have to be done at the same time, and are easier to negotiate around each party’s desired dates. Home swaps for these holiday home owners provides an ideal way to benefit from an under-utilised resource.
Dianne Stewart, Managing Director of the online home exchange company Homes-Club International, says, “Home exchange means that already- existing property resources are used more effectively. This is of particular benefit in scenic locations, to protect them from over-development.”
She continues, “Skilled trades people have “bartered”
Staying in somebody else’s home means people can immerse themselves in the local customs and culture, offering a truer picture of the local lifestyle and interactions with the environment than would be gained from staying in a hotel.
Home exchanges don’t have to involve flights. Many people exchange homes and apartments within their own country for weeks or weekend breaks away… to the benefit of all without increasing greenhouse gases.
For further information please contact Sophie Carter or Sandra Wright:
Notes for editors
Homes-Club International is a growing home exchange network which helps current and past parents, pupils, staff and governors of independent schools to exchange their main or second home with like-minded people around the world.
Exchanging homes significantly reduces the cost of a holiday and offers a unique experience at the same time. Homes-
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Homes-Club International is a home exchange network which helps current and past parents, pupils, staff and governors of independent schools to exchange their main or second home with like-minded people around the world.
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