Home Exchange is the vacation alternative where you stay in my house and I stay in yours.
There are two types of exchanges: home exchange and hospitality exchange.
Home exchangers trade their homes, condominiums or apartments at a time that is convenient to both parties, but these are not the only types of accommodations that one gets to choose from. For example, one exchanger traded his home for a 40-foot yacht. Another couple swapped their villa in Italy for a RV in Oregon because they had always wanted to tour the U.S. in true nomadic style. Often, home exchangers will include their automobiles as part of the package.
Hospitality exchangers, on the other hand, host each other in their homes at designated times. Your home exchange partners stay with you as guests and then you go and stay with them as their guests. There is a social aspect to this kind of exchange that some exchangers particularly enjoy. Conceivably, you also get a built-in tour guide with this mode of exchange.
If the idea of home exchange is unfamiliar to you, or even a bit frightening, rest assured — there are 250,000+ successful home exchanges every year. Swapping homes can bring many unexpected rewards.