There is a new trend setting on the tourist market – house swap! From holiday villas in Italy, to holiday apartments in Beijing and holiday cottages in Selby, this trend is slowly becoming a global phenomenon. This puts the control in holidaymakers hands – by signing up to one of these websites that specialise in home exchanges, you offer your own property in exchange for a holiday of a lifetime in your ideal holiday destination.
The first glimpse of this type of home exchange appeared in the 2006 film ‘The Holiday’, where Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet exchanged their homes so that they could have the holiday they always dreamed of and to get away from the stresses of everyday life. This is clearly something that has developed over time recently with over 100,000 people taking part in these type of home swaps every year! With some websites offering holiday rentals in over 140 countries in their online catalogue, it offers consumers the chance of a cheaper holiday which appeals to a wide market in these tough economical times.
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