I had always wanted to visit London but things were always getting in my wayin particular, the notoriously high costs of eating in the citys restaurants and sleeping in its hotels. Then I went to work for a home exchange website and needed to try out our service, which gave me the nudge I needed to visit this pricey city with my 7- and 9-year-olds in tow.
Heres how my first experience with home swapping went down.
Getting to Know You
Despite my desire to like the idea of home swapping, I was nervous about handing my home over to strangers while moving in to their home on the other side of the continent. But the Internet is a great tool for closing up distances. I found a home I was interested in, where there was mutual interest. And we began chatting by email and skype, which did a lot to put my mind at ease.