Friday, August 1, 2014

You May Want To Consider Doing A House Exchange

Graffiti in the old town of Salobreña.

Not that Joe and I are home exchange experts, but we have hit the jackpot twice in a row now!  Readers of this blog will remember that last year's home exchange to England just fell out of the sky and into our laps.  A colleague's parents wanted to swap houses with someone in Squamish and we were the lucky someones!

As soon as we returned from our glorious summer in the UK, we decided to take the plunge and put our house on the home exchange website ''.  Our page wasn't on the website for more than a few hours and we got a lovely request from a family in southern Spain wanting to exchange houses with us for August 2014.

We checked our their place in La Zubia on the website, they checked out ours in Squamish.  An agreement was made to exchange vehicles (they drive a 2014 Land Rover but they will sadly have to make do with my 2008 Mazda 3) and airline tickets were bought immediately by both parties!

Honestly, what are you waiting for?  Check out or any of the other home exchange websites.  There are good people out there who want to stay in your house while you stay in theirs.  It saves you a ton of money!

But the best part?  You make new friends!  We've gotten together with our English friends twice now and we were invited to their 70th birthday party when they were in Canada a couple of months ago.  And because we arrived in Spain early, the Spanish family have opened their hearts and their home to us.

So there you have it folks.  Do yourself a favour and exchange homes with another family during your next vacation.  You will not regret it.

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