We all remember the movie The Holiday, and I'm sure there isn't one of us who hasn't dreamt of what it would be like to spend a week living someone else's life in another part of the world. What once was the plot line for a movie is now a reality for a lot of travelers and as we are building the Costa House, I have to say it's something I've considered. Unlike with an airbnb where you don't know who or what you are getting, with a home exchange there is a sense of familiarity and responsibility which would lend to greater care of your home.
This is why I was so excited when I saw that the vacation rental company Kid and Coe had started a home exchange program. You simply submit photos of your home and if it's accepted, for a small annual and monthly fee ($99 and $15 respectively) you are able to approach other applicants who are also looking to exchange properties. Kid and Coe properties are pretty much the best rentals out there, with the main requirement being that the homes are well designed and that they are family friendly (many have cribs, toys, books, etc...), and this is such an amazing way to cut costs without having to sacrifice on space or style. All you are giving up in return is your empty home!
We always prefer to rent homes when we travel with the kids (having the four of us live in a single hotel room is probably my least favorite thing to do) and this is such a great way travel with kids, especially if you have a large family. Below you can see a few of my favorite homes that are available for exchange, Amsterdam, Rome, The Catskills, and Berkeley, but if you pick a place on a map, you can pretty much find a home on the site and I'm sure there are going to be quite a few more now that the exchange program has officially launched!
I realize there is not going to be a Jude Law to sweep you off your feet at the end of this one but you may find that you actually have an amazing vacation despite that fact! ;) Xx