Forget stuffy rooms or the mad expense of one night of luxury at a five-star destination – it’s time to swap homes. This innovative new way of traveling gives you a chance to slip into someone else’s flat or house for an affordable stay and a local perspective on your city of choice.
Whether you desire a week by the pool or a few days on the slopes, this site offers vacation rentals and swaps in 150 countries. Properties range in size, and many cater to the entire family (and even allow pets).
Live like a local, even when you’re many miles away from home. One Fine Stay’s “unhotels” in the Big Apple and London offer unique properties with all the amenities, as well as unexpected luxuries such as a free iPhone available for the duration of your stay.
If you love the idea of staying in someone else’s abode but want something a little more out-there, you’ll want to explore this site’s quirky retreats. From converted warehouses to Mongolian yurts, Airbnb truly has something for everyone.
Swap My City Pad lets users temporarily trade in their apartment for one in another city – all for free. Users upload property listings and a list of the cities they’d most like to explore, and when they find a match the swap goes through.
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