We hope youve heard of home exchange by now; an ever-popular point of reference is the movie The Holiday where two women (played by Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz ) with men problems swap homes and find new love in exchange! Not bad, right?

Besides the romantic element of serendipity, there is a lot to be said for this kind of vacation experience.

  Home exchange has been called "different", "authentic", and "enriching"...and these are all true, especially if you have kids.

Talk to anyone whos done it, and theyll tell you its a far more educational experience than your run-of-the-mill hotel or resort stay. (Think of it as a dose of anit-Disneyland for the kiddos.)

Here at Knok we consider it to be quite possibly the best travel hack, ever. So if you are still sitting on the fence, unsure if its for you or not, wed like to take this opportunity to share with you some truths about travel hacking that will help you make the right decision come trip planning time!

1. Lets start with the essential: You save a ridiculous amount of money!

You save money not only on accommodation, but also on food, laundry, and entertainment. Lets do some simple math together.  

2.  Built-in Entertainment is part of the many perks.

Use your host?s library, music collection, Netflix subscription, espresso machine, swimming pool, home gym, pinball machine, Wii, etc... Besides built-in fun, many swappers agree to swap their fridges too! Arriving to a kitchen filled with local cuisine or wine is a great way to settle into any new destination.  

 3. Its like Kix! Kid tested, Mother approved.

From an already-assembled crib, to toys for the little ones, to a master grill outback--theres nothing better than making everyone happy! Most home exchange families report back that their kids were ecstatic to find a room full of new toys and games to play with; and for the grownups...a dream kitchen or luxurious bathroom setup are always welcomed surprises!  

4. FREE Ride included!

Besides the home, many swappers opt to exchange their cars as well. Eliminating the need for a rental car service, and giving you the flexibility to explore beyond public transportations limits. Go on day trips or hop from one side of the city to the other and dont miss a thing on your busy itinerary.  

5. Guidebook Schmidebook!

Forget splurging on a quick-to-go-outta-date Lonely Planet or Fodors and get your local travel guide for free: your exchange partner! Its just like when you go to stay at a friends home and they work out all the details for you: telling you about their favorite restaurants, shops, and parks so you have no doubts about prices or using your time wisely. Imagine having that kind of insider knowledge wherever in the world you choose to go.

Interested in finding out more? Our blog is full of Knokster experiences, as well as tips and tricks: like how to take profesional-looking pictures of your home, or how to pick the right home for your next exchange, and even how to take full advantage of your home when youll be away with Knok Days. Have more questions? Were happy to chat on twitter or via email.