Q: I’m looking to arrange a suitable home swap in England over the Christmas holidays, and wondered what the best way of finding people looking to also swap then? – Joy, Australia
A: You can search by swap dates to find members in the UK looking for a home exchange between December and January. The Guardian Home Exchange website has lots of home swap offers in the England with many people looking to arrange swaps over the Christmas holidays. Visit the Guardian Home Exchange search page and then use the search options in the left hand search bar to narrow down your search. Use the ‘Exchange dates’ search field to find members looking to arrange a home exchange over the festive period.
Whatever site you use to find your swap, it’s always best to keep your searches as broad as possible so that you do not accidentally miss any potentially suitable home swap offers (e.g. some people that may love to swap with you over the Christmas period but simply entered ‘Open to offers’ for their exchange dates).
It’s still not too late to arrange a home exchange vacation for this winter. When arranging a home swap at short notice make sure to be as proactive as possible and start contacting members to find your perfect match. Check out the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter
In this issue of the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter:
Featured home exchanges: Farmouse in Groslier, France | London house exchange in Wimbledon, England | Alpine apartment in Grimentz, Switzerland
Swap experience: lovely home exchange in the Algarve, Portugal
“I have noticed that many of the places I love, I love even more when I stay there rather than just visiting for the day. For example, we had taken the train ride from Palma in Mallorca to Soller and on to Port Soller many times before we decided to stay there and really get a feel for the place. There are so many spots I’ve visited while staying elsewhere and returned to for a longer sojourn and others still on my list. (Verona, we shall return!).
Last year we swapped homes to Bridport in Dorset, a town I’d explored many times but which I found even more appealing when I was ‘living’ there; and while there we took the bus to Lyme Regis, perhaps my favourite UK seaside resort, and although we had a good day, it didn’t have the same appeal as when I knew that’s where I’d be laying my head.
My best example of this is the home exchange we did to Oxford which, for we Londoners is a day trip destination, and a day trip I’ve made many, many times; but what a delight to wander into the city center each day, sometimes along the canal, sometimes along the river, sometimes along the aptly named Broad Street, to potter about at leisure and to know I can do some more of the same tomorrow, or go into that college I just didn’t have time to see to-day; and what a saving in time and money on travel. As we home swappers know, our visits help us to really get under the skin of a place, even perhaps a very familiar place, and to experience it in a different dimension.
So broaden your horizons. Choose a home swap destination that’s close to home.” -Sandra
Sandra and her husband, Paul, are very experienced home exchangers – both within the UK and further afield in Europe. View the couple’s home swap offer in London
London calling? Then how about enjoying free accommodation in this stylish London townhouse? This Guardian Home Exchange offer is located in London’s lovely Wimbledon Village. The home is arranged over four floors and is right next door to The All England Lawn Tennis Club (although not available for home swap during the Wimbledon Championships when their home is rented to players). The family are open to a home swap over Easter, for two weeks in both July/August and October, plus always happy to talk about a UK weekend home swap too.