Every year it’s the same tough decision, where do we go mountain biking. This year again, it’s a 50/50 toss up between Sun Valley, Idaho and Crested Butte, CO.
While looking for vacation homes I came across a site called HomeExchange.com. A home exchange is an alternative to renting a place to stay at your vacation destination. Instead you find another family that wants to come visit your city at the same time and plan a home swap.
When you think about it, it does make sense. Nobody is living at your home while you are away for 2 weeks. What better way to save some money and make use of your home while you are gone.
Unfortunately for me, I live in Phoenix and I want to visit other places in the summer. I don’t think that my home is a valuable swapping destination when it is 110 degrees outside here. But this scenario has peaked my interest for vacation rentals again. Because if I had a second home or vacation rental in a resort town, a home exchange could be a great way for me to get away from Phoenix every summer. I bet a Scottsdale house would be a good swap candidate in the winter though. A quick search revealed about 20 homes in Scottsdale in the system.
I have one rental in Chicago which could be considered a desirable city to live in. If I have trouble renting it out this summer, I wonder if I could exchange it for a month in a resort town. I think some people would love to live in Chicago for a month during the summer. In some cases it could be a great deal for one person. If my condo rents at $1,750/mo and I can swap it for a condo in Aspen that rents for $3,000/mo, it would be a great deal for me. It could easily be slanted in the other direction too.
What this site needs desperately is an “I would like to visit” search so I can punch in Phoenix or Chicago and see a list of people who want to visit my cities. Then I can look through the list and see if I want to visit their towns. I am definitely keeping this site in mind for my next long term vacation especially if it’s abroad.