Popular blog site for commercial real estate, Aswu.org promotes home swapping concept as a unique way of traveling without cutting your wallet.
York, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/28/2013 -- Trading places has never been exciting. When you live in the United States and wanted a dream holiday in Europe, think about the movie Holiday Exchange. Is it possible in true life? Savvy travelers have been doing that for a long time now. The idea started in Europe in the early 1950s and is now fast gaining popularity worldwide.
People swap homes for so many reasons; foremost among them is the savings it affords the traveler. Hotel bills make up approximately half the total of travel expenses and taking them out of the equation means extra money for shopping, for dining out or for simply exploring the place. With today’s economic crunch affecting us, having a hotel bill-free travel option allows us to go to other places without busting or wallets.
People on home exchange programs agree that there is more to it than money. One of the most compelling reasons for home swapping is the unique experience it affords the travelers. Jeff J., a seasoned traveler from Michigan, has this to say about home swapping, “House trades (provide) a much different (better) experience living as a part of a community vs. a tourist staying in a hotel," He also added, "You are able to experience a different way of life vs. just observe and snap photos."
The experience of being able to live in a real house makes you discover and experience the lifestyle of the local. Travel is a great learning experience and the understanding gets better when you are immersed in the culture of the place and not just as a tourist looking from the outside.
In an online report by the Wall Street Journal, Lois Sealey, who runs Home Base Holidays, a membership-based swap service in London said, “Home exchange appeals to independent travelers. The most commonly cited reason for taking part is the desire to get away from resorts and other tourists and get to know a real neighborhood and local people” in answer to the question why has house swapping become more popular.
Aswu.org is a website dedicated to give information on the latest trends in commercial real estate. It is providing services most especially to students and families in finding accommodations abroad through homestay and home exchange programs.
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