A few years ago, I stumbled upon the idea of living in somebody else’s home in another part of the world completely for free while they lived in my home in exchange.
At first, i was very apprehensive but after exchanging a few emails and a whole load of photos of our home, we were able to find a suitable match and have enough trust to put the holiday plan into action.
There are six people in my family and we live in a three bedroom terraced house in a suburb of north London.
My home offers an excellent base for anyone with a similar sized family as mine who would want to come to London England for sightseeing, shopping or sporting events.
The idea of experiencing to live in someone else’s home on vacation was definitely more appealing instead of a hotel, resort bungalow or self-catering apartment.
After trying the arrangement a few times, despite some glitches in terms of timing, I must tell you that i have become hooked on the ‘Home from Home’ concept. The only significant financial outlay is the air fares.
To be honest, as a family, we have had some amazing holidays this way and nurtured some great friendships with people from other countries and cultures which we would not have otherwise.
We have experienced real Cambodian culture by staying in a traditional still house on the banks of the Mekong river while by contrast, we have enjoyed the spectacular, stunning views of New York City’s skyline from an ultra-modern penthouse.
We have been fortunate to live like royalty in a magnificent, hsitoric French chateau and to get back to nature in a fantastic tree-house deep inside the rain forest of Costa Rica.
This summer, we are to set sail to the crystal clear waters of the meditterean sea on a luxurious yacht and embark on a magical journey through the Greek islands.
For Christmas, we have planned the perfect winter getaway to a splendid log cabin at a fashionable ski resort where we can relax in front of a fireplace or soak in the hot tub after a long hard day on the ski slopes.
For all these experiences, guests have enjoyed the comforts and delights of our humble abode in the historic city of London.
What we have all experienced is living somewhere for a short time which is completely different from our own normal habitat and which provides complimentary facilities and activities for our holiday needs.
Thanks to the internet and to like-minded people, there are endless opportunities for the holiday-maker to experience ‘home from home’ and the world really has become our oyster. Quite literally.