A 'vacation home swap' (also called a 'vacation home exchange') is arrangement where you vacation using another family's home as accommodation, and they use your home. This can be done at exactly the same time, or at different times according to what suits both families. Some families go away elsewhere while their home is being used, while some people are using their second home or vacation home for the exchange anyway. If you are looking to swap your home for another in some other place, mutual exchange websites will help you do so easily and smoothly. While joining a home swap
website does not guarantee an automatic pairing with others who might need what you have to offer, it helps better your chances and increases your odds of being successful. The fastest way to look up listings is by joining many of the house swapping or mutual exchange directories online. While they are likely to repeat listings, each directory often has a few listings that are unique to it. The good thing about using the internet for your house swapping search is that there are literally thousands of listings. In fact, if the area you have in mind is not very remote or inaccessible, you could be lucky to find listings within minutes of joining these directories. The next obvious thing to do would be to settle in and see what the place looks like. Most people usually carry out their research about the new place before moving to there. However, if you know what you are doing, you may have to interact with the locals after you have unpacked and settled in. This is because most times, what you may read online or in newspapers may not be as stated. There may be a hot new pub down the road that wasn't mentioned or a decent lounge where you can relax in the evenings.