Sumary of The families ditching traditional vacations for home swapping:
- UK-based company Love Home Swap reported a 282% increase in new customers signing up for free trials last year when compared with 2019, while rival company Holiday Swap saw a growth of 20%..
- In fact, the number of exchanges finalized on the platform last month was 3% higher than those organized in 2019..
- Meanwhile, exchange-related conversations created by users were 49% up on June 6, 2021 when compared with the same day in 2019, according to a spokesperson for the online platform..
- Jo Watkins, a freelance general practitioner and co-founder of digital membership platform The HOW People, has been home swapping for over a decade, along with her husband Dave and their four children..
- After signing up to Home Exchange, which allows users to list their property, as well as search and contact owners before officially registering and paying the annual subscription cost, Watkins found a house available in their desired location..
- Although they’ve done countless home swaps, including a house on the beach in Los Angeles and a lavish home in Rio de Janeiro, the Kureishys are very fond of the Watkins’ holiday home in Tresaith, West Wales and have returned at least 10 times over the years..
- The two families were brought together through the Love Home Swap platform, where members can swap houses with someone else or lend their home out in exchange for points to be redeemed at a later stage..
- The Watkins managed to build up a large bank of points by offering up their holiday home, which sleeps 14, when they weren’t using it….