Home Exchange Singles Apartment Swaps
The concept of trading apartments for
vacations is a great idea for single travelers. There is a romantic
movie about two singles swapping homes. "The Holiday" Of course not all singles traveling
on an exchange are searching for romance. Most exchangers are
open to exploring new frontiers, enjoying a beach, being near relatives or
just welcoming a change of pace. All single travelers on an exchange
enjoy the savings with free accommodations.
Although many singles own homes, most own
or rent apartments or condos. These apartments make for a great home
base for a home exchange.
Travel the world or across your own
country with a home swap. In preparing for a home exchange:
Describe your home honestly. No
unpleasant surprises re pets, appliances on the verge of needing repair,
Leave your home clean and reasonably
Clear away enough of your personal
belongings to leave space on shelves, in closets, and drawers so that guests
can unpack and feel at home.
Leave two sets of clean sheets and
Compile a clear, useful guide to your
home and surroundings, including tourist information, directions to nearest
public transport, hospital, pharmacy, grocery store, notices about the use
of electrical appliances, pet and plant care, trash pick-up, and emergency
phone numbers (doctor, neighbor, nearby family member).
Clarify who pays what in terms of
telephone, computer use and Internet access, electric bills, gas
consumption, insurance franchise in case of accidents, and staple foods.
Leave a small welcome gift: a bottle of
wine or local specialty.
Whenever possible arrange for a family
member, neighbor, or friend to come by and welcome your exchange partner(s).
At the end of your stay, before leaving
your exchange home, don't forget to put things back where you found them and
leave the house organized and clean.