home exchange http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16160/all en-US Live Like a Local: How to Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3665844184_16a8720bd2_z.jpg" alt="traveler" title="traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many travelers are on a quest of sorts to discover a destination by getting &ldquo;off the beaten path.&rdquo; Although I think <a href="http://www.vagabondish.com/travel-cliche-off-the-beaten-path/">the concept is a misnomer</a>, I also believe travel experiences vary dramatically depending on how we do our research and who we spend our time with on the road.</p> <p>Your next vacation doesn't need to be a duplicate experience of what's listed in a guidebook. Here are some ways to tap into the local scene while traveling and deepen your cultural experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My&nbsp;Family Scores Free Travel&nbsp;With Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Living Like a Local: Finding Accommodations</h2> <p>Staying in hotels hardly incites a &ldquo;local&rdquo; experience. In order to feel like a local while you travel, it's best to live like a local. This usually means living in a local's home, or along side locals in a volunteer facility.</p> <p><strong>Volunteer/Work-Trade</strong></p> <p>Volunteering in trade for your accommodations can take many different forms. I've milked goats, painted murals, designed marketing plans, run hostels, cooked meals, taught conversational English, and more &mdash; all in trade for my accommodations (and sometimes meals too). Accommodations for these &ldquo;jobs&rdquo; ranged from staying in the home of a local who needed some extra help to staying in fully equipped multi-volunteer facilities. From rustic to luxury, these gigs run the gambit.</p> <p>Here are a couple of resources to help you choose the right volunteer gig:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less)!</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Staying With Locals for Free</strong></p> <p>Hospitality exchange sites connect travelers with local hosts who are willing to open up their homes to guests. The informal term for this is &quot;couch surfing,&quot; coined by the namesake <a target="_blank" href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/">CouchSurfing website</a>. And it's about more than staying on somebody's couch; with forums and chapter meetings around the world, it can be a great way to meet locals who are also enthusiastic about travel and eager to exchange ideas and cultural values.</p> <p>But couch surfing is only one such site for finding opportunities to stay with locals for free. You'll find a whole <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">list of local accommodation options here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Staying in Local Accommodations</strong></p> <p>Similar to booking a hotel, you can use online services to book a local's apartment or house (or a spare room, tent space, and other incantations of accommodations). If you are sharing common space with the owner, there is usually ample opportunity to tap into their local knowledge as a bonus. For more information on rental services, check out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/got-extra-space-make-money-and-meet-travelers-with-short-term-rentals">Got Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers With Short-Term Rentals</a>.</p> <p>Or you can get a slice of local life by house-sitting or pet-sitting for a local, which entails varying degrees of responsibility in trade for free (or almost free) accommodations (check out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>). Would you like to house-sit, but also have somebody to take care of your home while you're away? Then a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks">home exchange</a> is a perfect route to free accommodation and peace of mind that your place is in good hands.</p> <h2>Meeting With Locals</h2> <p>How do you meet locals while you're traveling? With possible cultural or linguistic differences presenting challenges, you need to find people with whom you have common ground. Here are a few ways.</p> <p><strong>Special Interest Groups</strong></p> <p>Do you have a hobby or pastime? Look for local online forums and member groups at your destination to see if you can attend a meeting or event while you're there. Your shared interest immediately creates common ground to get to know people quickly and easily.</p> <p>Between Rotary clubs and rock-climbing crags (and everything in between), I've met quite a cross-section of locals in many places I've visited &mdash; and made friends I still keep in touch with.</p> <p><strong>HerMail</strong></p> <p>If you have a question or two that you'd like to get the local female take on (about anything from local customs to a good place to eat), female travelers can check out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hermailnet-connecting-female-travelers-and-mentors-around-the-world">HerMail</a>, which connects locals with travelers coming to the area. (Sorry &mdash; this is a girls-only club!) Although it starts with a question, you might end up meeting up or getting an informal tour or even a place to stay.</p> <p><strong>The Pub</strong></p> <p>I took an informal poll in writing this article, asking other travelers how they meet locals on the road. And the place to be is the pub! You'll find a broad mixture of people at any watering hole around the world (noting that it's good to be cognizant of the area and how safe it is), and a few pints of beer do wonders for developing camaraderie.</p> <h2>Being Guided by a Local</h2> <p>People are generally tired of sifting through guidebooks and being herded on whitewash tours when they travel. They want a &ldquo;local&rdquo; experience for minimal time, money, and research invested; and who better to provide this experience than a bona fide local?</p> <p><strong>SnappyGo</strong></p> <p>Use <a href="http://www.snappygo.com">SnappyGo</a> to get locally developed custom itineraries. You'll be connected with a local advisor, and for an average of $30-75 (depending on the length of your trip and depth of advice you want), you'll receive customized points of interest, hotel suggestions, restaurant suggestions, and insider tips &mdash; all tailored to your specific travel profile, and with relevant links and contact information provided.</p> <p><strong>HipHost</strong></p> <p>For custom themed tours, check out <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hiphost.com">HipHost</a>. Browse locally developed custom tour itineraries with themes ranging from &quot;Beer &amp; Chocolate&quot; to &quot;Running&quot; to &quot;Architecture&quot; to &quot;Girl's Night Out.&quot; Or you can post for a custom tour request and be matched with a local guide who is capable of meeting your custom requirements. The cost of the tours varies depending on the activities involved, but the guide's time is usually worth $20/hour (plus an administrative fee for HipHost).</p> <p><strong>Shiroube</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.shiroube.com">Shiroube</a>&nbsp;is more open-ended; connect with an advisor who matches your destination and travel interests, then correspond and strike a deal. Services provided can vary from getting answers to basic questions (which is often provided for free) to receiving a fully guided (paid) tour by a local.</p> <p><strong>Pangea Pal</strong></p> <p>Similar to Shiroube, <a href="http://www.pangeapal.com/">Pangea Pal</a> is a new site designed to connect travelers with locals to strike their own deals for whatever tour-related services are on offer/request.</p> <p>For information on what it's like to earn extra cash as a local tour guide on your own turf, check out this article about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-in-your-hometown-become-a-tour-guide">becoming a tour guide in your hometown</a>.</p> <h2>Finding Local (or Locally Recommended) Businesses</h2> <p>The most common way to find local businesses or popular places to go is the Internet. Here are some apps and websites commonly used to get the local scoop. (Note: This is far from an exhaustive list, as crowdsourcing becomes more common every day and new resources are popping up everywhere).</p> <p><strong>Find by Review</strong></p> <p>Use <a href="http://www.yelp.com">Yelp</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/local/">Google+ Local</a> to find businesses based on locally submitted reviews. Both are available for smartphones as well.</p> <p><strong>Find What's Happening Right Now </strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.localmind.com/">LocalMind</a> is an app to tap into the real-time local scene. If you're headed out (to a restaurant or bar for example), you can find out what's happening in real time from other LocalMind users who are there now.</p> <p><strong>European Businesses<br /> </strong></p> <p>If you're headed for Europe, use <a href="http://www.spottedbylocals.com">Spotted by Locals</a> to get city guides and local tips.</p> <p><em>OK, it's your turn to spill the beans. Have you used any of the above services, or do you know of another way to tap into the local scene while traveling?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Flive-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FLive%20Like%20a%20Local-%20How%20to%20Tap%20Into%20the%20Local%20Scene%20While%20Traveling.jpg&amp;description=Live%20Like%20a%20Local%3A%20How%20to%20Tap%20Into%20the%20Local%20Scene%20While%20Traveling" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Live%20Like%20a%20Local-%20How%20to%20Tap%20Into%20the%20Local%20Scene%20While%20Traveling.jpg" alt="Live Like a Local: How to Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks">Home Exchanges: Free Accommodations With Perks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget accommodations home exchange local food Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:00:34 +0000 Nora Dunn 955000 at http://www.wisebread.com Home Exchanges: Free Accommodations With Perks http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/483734202_e36594b0b9_z_0.jpg" alt="home exchange" title="home exchange" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you and your family like to get away, but are held back by the cost of a vacation? Accommodations are one of the big stumbling points for any vacation budget, and a home exchange might be just the solution for you. And with some added perks (like the security of having somebody watching your home while you're away), it's a win-win for everybody. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a>)</p> <h2>How It Works</h2> <p>Just like it sounds, the basic principle of a home exchange is that you temporarily exchange dwellings with somebody else. The terms of the exchange are up to you, including how long the exchange is for, compensation (if any) for household expenses, and any requested chores like watering plants, picking up mail, use of vehicles, or even taking care of a pet.</p> <p>And contrary to what you might think, not all home exchanges need to be simultaneous or just two-way. With a plethora of sites connecting home exchangers, you have lots of options.</p> <h2>Home Exchange Benefits</h2> <p>Home exchanges offer lots of benefits for your next vacation.</p> <p><strong>Comforts of Home</strong></p> <p>With a home exchange you get to enjoy all the comforts of home &mdash; somebody else's home, that is!</p> <p><strong>Frugal (and Healthy) Eating</strong></p> <p>During most vacations, some big dollars (and often some extra weight!) accrue when you eat out. By staying &ldquo;at home,&rdquo; you can save money by cooking healthy meals and packing picnics for days out.</p> <p><strong>Stay Longer</strong></p> <p>By saving on the cost of accommodations, you can afford to stay longer in your chosen destination. (Now it's just a matter of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation">how much vacation time you have</a>.)</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Rent&rdquo; Money</strong></p> <p>Depending on the terms of the exchange, some home exchange sites (more on this below) actually allow you to &ldquo;rent&rdquo; out your place for extra income while you're away. This can further subsidize your own vacation!</p> <p><strong>Family Accommodations</strong></p> <p>Home exchanges are great for families, since paying for accommodations for an entire family can be pricey and awkward.</p> <p>But don't assume that you need a big house (or big family) to participate in a home exchange; there's a market for everything from bachelor pads to resort-style mansions.</p> <p><strong>Vehicle Use</strong></p> <p>Some home exchanges include the use of a vehicle &mdash; thus saving you further on the cost of transportation while you're on vacation.</p> <p><strong>Slice of Local Life</strong></p> <p>When staying in a local's home, you get a much better feel for what daily life is like in the place you are visiting.</p> <p><strong>Home Security</strong></p> <p>With a simultaneous home exchange, you have the peace of mind in knowing your home is being cared for in your absence.</p> <h2>Home Exchange Drawbacks</h2> <p>There are always two sides to the story. Here are some potential drawbacks to a home exchange.</p> <p><strong>Trust Factor</strong></p> <p>Having a relative stranger (who you likely only conversed with online or over the phone) stay in your home while you're away requires a leap of faith and trust. Then again, it works two ways since you're staying in somebody else's home, so the trust is mutual.</p> <p><strong>Rural Living</strong></p> <p>Many homes aren't nearly as central to the action as hotels are. So while you have the benefit of living the &ldquo;local life,&rdquo; it also means you might need to spend a little more time (and money) to get out and see the sights.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Making the Most of a Home Exchange</h2> <p>Here are some tips to ensure your home exchange experience is as good as it can be &mdash; for everybody.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Do Your Due Diligence</strong></p> <p>To alleviate your home security concerns, make sure you communicate extensively with your potential home exchangers. The better you know each other, the more trust you'll have in the reciprocal process.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Set up a Detailed Profile</strong></p> <p>You'll get more &ldquo;hits&rdquo; by setting up a detailed profile on whatever home exchange site(s) to which you belong. (Check out some detailed tips for setting up a good profile here: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>.)</p> <p><strong>Set the Terms</strong></p> <p>Be clear about all the terms of the home exchange in advance. Determine who pays for which household expenses, what is off-limits, and any household upkeep expectations.</p> <p><strong>Leave It as You Found it</strong></p> <p>You wouldn't like it if you left a clean home for your home exchangers only to return to a rearranged and trashed place, would you? Of course not. So make sure you extend the same courtesy where you are staying.</p> <p><strong>Replace What You Use</strong></p> <p>If you finish off cleaning supplies or kitchen staples, be sure to replace them. (And it goes without saying that if you break something, try to replace that too).</p> <p><strong>Out of Sight, Out of Mind</strong></p> <p>Put away anything you don't want touched in your absence.</p> <p><strong>Leave a Welcome Kit</strong></p> <p>Since everybody here is on vacation, help your home exchangers make the most of it! Leave a welcome kit with information on local places to go, things to do, and tips for getting around.</p> <p><strong>Create a Tips Sheet</strong></p> <p>Don't take basic household functions for granted; in other places in the world even simple tasks like appliance use and recycling/garbage procedures can be dramatically different (and additionally complicated if there is a language barrier as well).</p> <p>Leave a tips sheet for your home exchangers with everything they need to know about general household maintenance, routine procedures (like mail and garbage collection), and any little quirks of your place (or preferences).</p> <p><strong>Plan for Contingencies</strong></p> <p>Sometimes things go wrong. Arm your home exchangers with everything they need to know in case of an emergency, such as the numbers of local repair-people and instructions for dealing with any foreseeable problems that might arise.</p> <p><strong>Hook Them Up With a Friend</strong></p> <p>For everybody's peace of mind, connect your home exchangers with a local friend or neighbor who can be on-call for questions or emergencies. In an ideal world a friendship will blossom, enhancing their vacation experience (and your peace of mind).</p> <p><strong>Check Your Auto Insurance Policy</strong></p> <p>If you are giving use of a vehicle to your home exchangers, make sure your insurance policy allows for occasional drivers, and if need be, contact them with your home exchangers' driving license information.</p> <h2>Home Exchange Resources</h2> <p>Here is an alphabetical list of sites that offer various types of home exchange services. Most (if not all) of them offer a secure way to converse with home exchange candidates and can connect you with all manner of accommodation options. Many allow you to browse their listings for free, so click around to find the one(s) that feel right for you and your needs.</p> <p><strong>Casa Swap</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.casaswap.com/">Casa Swap</a> is unique site geared towards students (although anybody can use it) to rent, sublet, and swap places. You can also find a roommate, place to stay, or exchange rooms. Free to join.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Global Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.4homex.com/">Global Home Exchange</a> is a multi-home exchange club which includes listings on other partner home exchange clubs and networks. Located in France, UK, Denmark, Germany, Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Membership ranges from $20-$150 depending on the options you choose.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Green-Theme International Home Exchange</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.gti-home-exchange.com/">Green-Theme International Home Exchange</a> is for eco-friendly homes, including hospitality (hosting) exchanges and some house-sitting options. Located in England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, and Italy. Membership from $35/year.</p> <p><strong>Home Base Holidays</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.homebase-hols.com/">Home Base Holidays</a> is great for home exchanges, hospitality exchanges, house-sitting, B&amp;B listings, and more. Membership is ₤29 for 1 year, ₤39 for 2 years.</p> <p><strong>Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.homeexchange.com/">Home Exchange</a> offers overage in over 150 countries. Membership from $120/year.</p> <p><strong>Home Link</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.homelink.org/">Home Link</a> offers coverage in 78 countries. If you can't find an exchange in the first year as a member, your second year is free. Membership is $115/year, $190 for 2 years.</p> <p><strong>International Home Exchange Network</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.ihen.com/">International Home Exchange Network</a> is for home exchanges and vacation rentals. Membership is $40/year.</p> <p><strong>International Vacation Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.ivhe.com/">International Vacation&nbsp;Home Exchange</a> offers coverage in over 50 countries. Specializing in non-simultaneous home exchanges by using vacation properties. Membership from $160/year, with an intricate credit and trade system giving you access to vacation rentals.</p> <p><strong>InterVac</strong></p> <p><a href="http://intervacusa.com/">InterVac</a> offers coverage in most countries. Membership is $99/year.</p> <p><strong>Invented City</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.invented-city.com/">Invented&nbsp;City</a> offers coverage in over 40 countries. Membership is $100/year.</p> <p><strong>Jewett Street</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.jewettstreet.com/">Jewett Street</a> offers boutique coverage of both home and hospitality exchanges. Membership is $40/year.</p> <p><strong>Knok</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.knok.com">Knok</a> has coverage in over 150 countries. Membership is $149/year.</p> <p><strong>Seniors Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorshomeexchange.com/">Seniors Home&nbsp;Exchange</a> is exclusively for home exchangers over the age of 50. Membership is $79 for 3 years, or $100 for lifetime membership.</p> <p>For other tips and techniques for getting free accommodation, check out these Wise Bread articles:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (Or Less!)</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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