It’s not everybody’s thing mainly because of a privacy issue I guess. Although it is a fantastic idea and a dream way of getting good digs for your stay in Bali, on the other hand, you could end up with a crap one too. As we all know photos in a magazine or on a website can be deceiving. For me, I wouldn’t like some stranger poking around my house even though I am poking around theirs!
House swapping has been around for some time now. I read this article in the Age newspaper yesterday an excellent article about just this subject. The company concerned for enabling families to ‘swap’ houses for a holiday is Luxe Home Swap. As the article explains, The website allows interaction with other members and the properties on offer have, by and large, the wow factor I was looking for. You won’t find any doilies or floral bedspreads; it’s all white linen, designer rugs, infinity pools and magical settings. And the swaps don’t have to be at the same time, which allows flexibility for both parties.
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Also, Luxe Home Swap allows travellers to live like locals without the usual accommodation cost, for an annual membership fee of $175. The site claims it’s “the world’s first and only socially connected home-exchange site”; you’re advised if you have the same Facebook friends as other members, for example.