A reader recently had a few questions about saving on travel and home exchanges. Here they are:
When you do a home exchange, do you let them use your car?
We always offer to let our guests use our car as part of our home exchange but they do not necessarily always decide to use it. A few times they have taken us up on it, but other times they have rented a car or have driven here so it was not necessary.
Where do you find the best deals on flights?
The short answer is – normally on an airline specific website. The longer, and more realistic answer, is by using multiple airline flight/price aggregator sites. We check KAYAK, Orbitz, and Expedia. Next, sorting through their results for the best price (that also suits our schedule), then heading over to the specific airline to see if they happen to have a special deal, or the specific flight, for a cheaper price.
TripAdvisor is another site we use to read reviews and get feedback from travelers.
When you plan a vacation, do you first check for the best airfare or work out the home exchange, then search for airfares?
We have always worked out the home exchange first, then gone ahead with the booking of flights. This is really because you never know where your home exchange will end up. The best chance to secure a successful home exchange is to be open and flexible on dates and locations. So, if you have tickets booked for a particular country, at a particular time, and the home exchange either doesn’t happen (or happens, but somewhere else) you could easily ending up spending more than you saved on the “super cheap” flight. We once were dead set on going to Italy (anywhere in Italy) and were starting to check out flights because they seemed really good. Alas, nothing in Italy (anywhere) worked out, so we were glad we hadn’t purchased any tickets.
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Go Gingham related links:
“6 Essential Items for Air Travel” including how to limit drooling on your neighbor!
Our first home exchange is here
Travel packing tips with a PDF chart are here
Getting ready for a home exchange tips and house warming gift ideas
Want to keep food costs low while traveling? Try these tips!
Home swapping and eating like a local – foodies will love this!
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