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The best home swapping (house exchange) networks in 2018. Travel cheap by getting free accommodation worldwide

Home swapping, or home exchange, is a very popular way to budget down your travel expenses by getting free accommodation. It basically consists of finding people willing to visit your city, providing them with your place while you stay in theirs. This might sound complicated since you’ll have to arrange the same dates with the other travelers, but some of these networks solved this problem by using a point-based system.

To use these kinds of services you’ll need to have your own place, listing it on the platform and be ready to give it to strangers for free. While this might sounds worrying, most of these websites provide members with an insurance plan included in the membership fee.


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Home Exchange

Home exchange really looks cool. It’s basically a home swapping service where you contact other members and arrange an exchange. Membership is 150$ per year, but you’ll get a second year for free if you don’t get to arrange an exchange in your first 12 months. Map interface.

Of course, that’s pretty different from a couch-crash website, you need to have an available home and you’re exchanger of choice needs to be interested in staying at your place. Nevertheless, it looks like a great way to save on vacations for families, it just needs some planning. Many of the properties listed on the website are stunning.


Love Home Swap

Another house swapping network that works with the points system. Points allow you travel flexibly. There’s no need to match dates and locations with other members when organizing swaps. Use the time your home sits empty to earn Points which you can spend to holiday in any of our other members’ homes. You set your own value, starting at 50 Points per night and going up to 300, going up by 50 Points each time.

To help you decide how many Points to ask for, they’ll recommend you a value, which you can see by clicking ‘Points’ at the top of your screen, then selected ‘Flex my Points’, where you can also choose the rate you ask for.

A standard plan cost 23USD per month billed annually, including an international airport lounge pass and 500 free points.

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Green Theme International

Green Theme International facilities reciprocal home swapping, whereby members exchange their house for a short or long period of time with someone else. Green Theme International focuses on eco-travel and housing, you can get an 80% discount on your listing proving you live an Eco-Friendly lifestyle. Membership costs $40/year.


Homelink

Pretty similar to the one above, membership is 140USD with a free second year. The service dates back to 1953, but despite so, there are not many homes listed on the website, or maybe is just the map interface that is terribly slow.


Intervac

Not just home exchange, Intervac also offer rental options and async house swaps, meaning you and your exchanger do not necessarily have to swap homes in the same time space (assuming that’s viable for the both of you). Intervac has about 6,000 listing, mostly in Europe, and has a good range of helpful filters.

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Trampolinn (hybrid house swapping, fee accommodation)

Trampolinn is not a real house-swapping website like the others mentioned here. It uses a point exchange system, basically you earn points by providing free accommodation to people, and then spend this points to stay for free yourself. Here you usually don’t get your private apartment but a room in a shared house or some other kind of accommodation more similar in style to what you can expect when doing Couchsurfing.

Trampolinn looks good, but it’s not completely free, there are some slightly hidden fees involved, in the form of booking costs which are not clearly displayed to the user. It’s also possible to purchase points. It has 30,000 members in 4,500 cities, claiming to be active in 169 countries.


Knok

Knok facilitates home exchange and apartment rental for families traveling with children. New members pay a listing fee of $29/year. It’s possible to earn ” Knok Days” by sharing your home with any member, then you can use those Knok Days to stay at any available home in the network. Yearly fee includes home insurance up to 150,00USD, and grants you access to family-oriented city guides.

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HomeForSwap.com

HomeForSwap.com is another home-for-home exchanges facilitator. Jean-Baptiste de La Mettrie and Estibaliz Martinez founded Homeforswap.com in 2009, in New York. Both are great travelers and had traveled around the world, always staying in private homes. Membership costs $93/year.

Switch

Switch is a facilitator of home-for-home exchanges. It is the only completely free website listed here.


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  1. Libby Eastwood

    Hi there

    We are South African grandparents who wish to swap our lovely townhouse in a gated secure complex with a large pool and across from the beach for a place in the countryside in France. We are very careful people and would look after the home as we do our own. We are looking for a long term swap. 6 months or longer. Our very nice townhouse in a smart and attractive complex comprises upstairs 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with the main en suite a tudy and full lengthf balcony. Downstairs is a large comfortable lounge and country kitchen with dining area and a small hallway and guest toilet. On the one side of the lounge is a balcony with sea view where you can sit and also dine. The other side of the lounge leads onto a large patio with water feature and dining and sitting area. There is parking. It is a short stroll to the beginning of our lovely promenade which follows the bathing beaches for 2.5 kms. We are close to the beach village of UMHLANGA ROCKS which has numerous restaurants, shops, the famous OYSTER BOX HOTEL and others. Lovely beaches and UMHLANGA ROCKS is well known as an international tourist destination. We are on the quiet residential side but yet 10 minutes walk to the centre of the village and as I mentioned across the road from the beach. Umhlanga is close to game parks where the ‘big 5’ are and is 2 hours from the beautiful mountain area of the Draakensberg where there are lovely hotels and on the way you can take the popular Midland meander drive on the way to the Berg.

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