House swapping or a vacation home rental can often be a much cheaper alternative to a costly hotel stay

Vacations: House Swapping and Renting

Rent Out Our House While We're On Vacation?

Christine Karpinski

Looking for ways to help pay for your vacation? TDS readers give their advice on renting out your home to help combat the cost of vacation.

The Vacation Home Renter's Peace of Mind Guide

Christine Karpinski

The benefits of staying in a vacation rental home far outweigh the (extremely minimal) risks. By taking certain precautions, you can make the likelihood of getting scammed almost non-existent. Here are eight tips to help you safely book your vacation home in today's environment.

Staying at the Home of Relatives or Friends While on Vacation

Thrifty Living Today

Staying in the home of another family is a privilege. It can bring unexpected fun and memories that will become a part of family history. Here are some tips to keep the experience as pleasant as possible for all involved.

Home, Condo Rentals Trim Vacation Costs


Renting a home or condominium can make your next vacation less expensive and more luxurious. How do you find the deals and steals on vacation rentals? Here are some pointers.

House Swap: Finding a Free Vacation Stay


To combat the high cost of vacation lodging, travelers are increasingly engaging in home exchanges or house swaps instead of staying in hotels. The cost of doing it: zero dollars.

Hospitality Clubs Offer Travel Deals


Frugal travelers may save a bundle on lodging by joining hospitality exchange clubs. Enrollees pay an annual fee and enjoy the privilege of staying in other members' homes when traveling. In return, they must be willing to offer an extra room in their own homes to fellow travel-club members.

Home Away from Home (Really!)

Christine Karpinski

Picture yourself and your family doing all the vacation-y things that make you happy. Now, instead of returning at night to a cramped, impersonal hotel room, envision yourself coming home to a home. That's right. More and more people are eschewing hotels in favor of vacation rental homes. For most people, especially families with children, staying in a vacation home is better in every way.

Exchanging Homes for Vacation

Martha Matthews

Are you looking for ways to stretch your vacation dollars? How about finding a "kid friendly" place to stay? One way to satisfy both needs is to look into home exchange programs, otherwise known as "home swapping."

Swap a Vacation

Maurice S. Clarke

Ever thought of trading your home with another family for a few weeks? Well, the idea appeals to hundreds of thousands of families world-wide offering them a chance to not only make new contacts and friends in countries of interest, but substantially reduce the cost of a vacation break.

Being a Responsible Houseguest

TDS Reader Contributors

If you want to be a responsible house guest who gets invited back for another extended stay, follow these tips!

Fancy Free Vacation Accomodations?

Maurice Clarke

A growing trend for thrifty travelers is to swap homes for a short period - a few days to even a month or so. The whole thing is not as scary as you might first think. Once you have found a compatible partner you simply agree to swap houses and confirm with a simple agreement.

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