The timeshare industry has been suffering in the poor economy as much as anything else. When it comes to timeshare resales, they are definitely floundering. There is also some competition coming from the growing popularity of home exchange. Home exchange is simply trading homes with someone in exchange for yours at the same time. You connect with someone who wants to visit where you live and vice versa.
People can avoid the extra expense of a hotel and even sometimes a vehicle rental if that is also agreed upon. There are various websites that people can join to find properties they are interested in. Home exchange offers a lot of perks. Having a full kitchen, laundry etc. can make a vacation all the more relaxing. The idea is to be at home while you’re away. It can seem intimidating to let a stranger stay in your home, but you are also staying in their home at the same time. The websites that help broker these exchanges report that they have had no reports of theft using this arrangement. Of course if you live in a town or area that is a major tourist destination you will probably have little to no problem finding people who want to exchange with you. On the other side of the coin, if you live in the middle of nowhere you will probably have a harder time finding takers. Nevertheless it doesn’t hurt to try! You never know if someone in Hawaii wants to visit their family in Kansas. You can find more information on home exchange at some of the various sites on the web. Happy vacationing!
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