With today’s hard economy, it’s difficult to maintain that standard of living we are used to having. Instead of fighting to keep what we know, why not change our ways of thinking and open the door to new alternatives? Albert Cañigueral, an expert on collaborative consumption on a world scale, has published a book “Vivir Mejor con Menos” (Live better with less), in which he explains that a high level of consumption doesn’t necessarily mean a better life.
Consumption is the access (and utilization) to assets and other material things in life that contribute to our well-being, but it doesn’t just end there. A shared economy opens areas like mobility and travel, tourism, and finances among others, and offers a series of economic changes that supports and encourages an important change for our society.
One of these ideas is home swapping, a perfect example of a shared economy at work, taking the idea of “living better with less” and applying it to a vacation with the notion of “having a better vacation with less”. This option gives a traveler much more space than a hotel room can offer, giving one the advantage to have longer vacations or traveling farther away (such as internationally). You also get a cultural immersion in the real neighborhood where you are staying, appearing like a local instead of a tourist.
Albert has given us 3 books as gifts for our readers that we think stand out among the others that help us explain “what you like most about home exchanging” (if you are new on the topic of home exchange, you can participate too!). The book is written in Spanish, but why let that stop you?
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Will from London did a home swap in Nice, France, and had nothing but nice things to say about it! Here is what he shared with us about his home exchange experience:
“We did a non-simultaneous home exchange last year, as the other family wrote us first to see if we were interested in visiting Nice. We had no plans to travel in the near future, but since it could be done at any time we said yes, and they came and visited our home.
This summer, we suddenly had an open spot for a 1-week vacation, wrote them back, and in less than a day they answered saying that their apartment was indeed free and we could travel. Everything was organized with very short notice, and it still turned out perfect.
The best of the trip? Staying in the very heart of Nice, what a great location!”
The most surprising thing about the experience was the cars in the parking garage where we left the car when we visited Monte Carlo, it was really something unreal… it had 6 floors, and about 5 to 10 Ferraris per floor. It was just amazing.
We visited some of the Hilltop, (or rather mountaintop), villages in the inner part of the Cote d’Azur. They are up high in the mountains and are pretty inaccessible; the villages have medieval architecture built in stone and cobbled streets. Beautiful places. The sunset from Peillon was truly breathtaking, we really recommend you to visit the village.
We really enjoyed the road between Nice and Monaco, which we did through the Moyenne Corniche. It has about 10 kilometers of turns, cliffs and wonderful views of the sea, and shows off the impressive houses of the area. It was really something special.
I would recommend to friends and family thinking about home exchanging in Nice to skip the summer. During that time, there seems to be way too many people, and when roads are packed, jams occur often and parking is a nightmare. We visited in the first part of September and driving was pleasant and parking was relatively easy.
One of the things that we like most about home exchanging is the possibility of staying in the very heart of Nice. Of course, it’s difficult to know, but we spent 7 nights for free. With hotel/apartment prices in the area that means at least 700-800€, probably more. What a great location to swap in!
Now that the rhythm of fall is here and the excitement of summer has passed, it is the perfect time to start planning a home exchange for next summer! These step-by-step instructions are perfect to help the first timer properly plan and enjoy a memorable vacation.
Susan is one of the most experienced home exchangers we have met during these years, and we have asked her to tell us a bit more about all her experiences home swapping. Here you have a great testimonial to start thinking about a home exchange for your next trip:
Our first experiences:
We started to home exchange in 2007, and we have had about 30 home exchanges since then. Like most people we started off because of the savings of money on the trips. Now it’s turned into much more than that, and now it’s really about all the people. We have made so many friends throughout the world. It’s really just changed the entire way that we have traveled.
Los Angeles is undoubtedly intertwined with the entertainment industry and Hollywood culture. Everything popular, from fashion to food, seems to be extremely trendy. While it can be fun to be hip with the times, there is a reason that things go out of style. The best stuff, particularly when it comes to food, will always stay around. As a result, we have made it our mission to find the most classic spots for Los Angeles foodies.
1. Papa Cristo’s Greek Restaurant
A lively family has owned this authentic Greek restaurant for over 60 years. Although it relies on neighborhood regulars, its incredible locale near the core of downtown L.A. makes Papa Cristo’s easily accessible from anywhere in the city. This hearty Greek feast is massive, and the fresh pita bread, mouthwatering roasted lamb, and irresistible baklava are guaranteed to have you yelling, “Opa!”
From its quaint colonial charm to its raving Red Sox fanatics, Boston is bursting with tradition. Nestled in the center of New England, “Beantown” intertwines history, culture, and sports, offering something to capture the heart and mind of any visitor. Among the lesser known traditions await some excellent, local experiences that the whole crew will love.
While Aussie renowned Vegemite and Meat Pies are definitely worth a try, the best restaurants in Sydney pride themselves on foods originated from everywhere. This city takes flavors from around the world and makes slight modifications to create a unique, new take on the classics.