Ever since I watched the 2006 film The Holiday, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of home swapping (though I must admit, the idea was made all the more enticing thanks to the addition of Jude Law!). So with the weather starting to cool down, there is no better time to start planning a winter trip that will knock your socks off but won’t damage the budget.
The world’s largest and most stylish home swapping site, Love Home Swap, features everything from sprawling châteaux in France to funky urban lofts in New York and extravagant villas in Bali. Providing almost $4,000 worth of savings per trip, Love Home Swap offers luxurious properties in more than 160 countries and according to founder Debbie Wosskow, winter is the perfect time for Australians to get involved.
“Australia is one of our most in-demand swap destinations, and June/July is a peak travel period for our members, so winter provides the perfect swap opportunity for our Australian members.”
In addition to facilitating simultaneous swaps (where two swappers match dates to swap homes directly with each other), Love Home Swap offers a unique Swap Points system, which means members simply make their property available in exchange for points — and then use those points at a later date to stay in stylish homes of their choice, for free, anywhere in the world.
A free 14-day trial is available on Love Home Swap, after which membership starts at the equivalent of $22 per month, including unlimited swaps for a year. We are also giving away three Love Home Swap annual memberships worth more than $200 each. To enter, simply fill out the form below by midnight Sydney time on Sunday 5 April 2015.