Fancy a whirlwind weekend in a chic Parisian apartment? Or how about a week in a charming English estate? These too-good-to-be true vacations just got a whole lot more accessible, thanks to Luxe Home Swap, a home exchange service that allows you to temporarily switch homes with like-minded travelers around the world. Remember “The Holiday” where Kate Winslet swapped homes with Cameron Diaz? Yeah– exactly!
The process couldn’t be simpler: After signing up for the service, post a brief description and photos of your home. Then, let the browsing begin. Homes on the site range from cozy one bedrooms in the heart of Manhattan to sprawling farmhouses in the Italian countryside to the four bedroom Moroccan home by the sea. Once you’ve found a dream home in your dream locale, Luxe Home Swap connects you with the owner and before you can say “vacation” you’re on your way to their home and they’re heading to yours.
See the thing is, this is great because say you want to rent a 5-bedroom house somewhere for a few weeks during the summer — it’s not affordable right? Forget going to a hotel! That’s even worse! With this, you can have all the amenities of home but be completely removed and away. What’s better than saving money all while being on vacation — all you are essentially paying for is a plane ticket. Happy Traveling!
About the Author
Erica Dublin is a brand-spankin’ new mom and the founder and CEO of See Jane Fly, a new travel website for savvy moms looking to simplify their next travel experience. Before the arrival of her little boy and the launch of See Jane Fly, she circled the globe as a marketing executive, overseeing interactive entertainment product launches for the likes of Lucasfilm, Electronic Arts, Yahoo! Games, and Turner Home Entertainment. She also managed the Star Wars and Indiana Jones brands in Europe and Asia Pacific for LucasArts (yes, she also owns a Lightsaber). Whew. And in her spare time, she co-founded a non-profit organization for animal welfare called Saving Tails™. Between running See Jane Fly and navigating her way through the chaos of being a first-time mom, Erica writes for See Jane Fly’s Travel Smart blog and Momality, her own personal blog, where she chronicles her new reality as a mom. Erica continues to provide her fresh, upbeat and insider travel wisdom in See Jane Fly’s customized travel guides and is often sought out as a travel expert in popular magazines like Fitness and PINK for all things on-the-go.