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“To us, it's very important that we can blend in wherever we travel. We don't want to feel like tourists.”  This week we caught up with member Gül from Sweden, and what she looks for when home swapping.

Gül and Mats enjoying California on their home swap

 

You may have seen earlier this year that one of our members Gül featured in Mitt i, a Stockholm-based newspaper where she spoke about her home swapping experiences using Love Home Swap for her apartment in Stockholm. Having swapped 13 times since joining the platform just two years ago, we thought we’d find out where she has been swapping lately. 

 

Where did you first hear of home swapping?

"Through some friends who have swapped for many years and they shared their experiences from swapping with families in France who they now can call friends."

 

Do you feel that home swapping has changed the way you travel?

"Yes, we definitely travel more now and we can experience the places as a local which feels more genuine. To us, it's very important that we can blend in wherever we travel. We don't want to feel like tourists."

Home swapping allows you to feel at home whilst away and to be part of the local community

 

You've travelled to some amazing places since joining in 2017, where has been your favourite home swap to date?

“A vineyard in Sonoma California. We've been back twice by now and we already look forward to next time.”

Gül and friends enjoying the vineyards on their home swap to Sonoma

“The best thing [about their Sonoma swap] was meeting with Scott and Patti who are the most lovely and generous hosts and supplied us with tons of useful and insightful tips on what to do and what to see during our stay, based on our interests .

We had them staying in our place in Stockholm and had a chance to meet them quite a bit here as well and really enjoyed their company”

 

"We have also wonderful experiences from swapping in Paris. We have now stayed in three different neighbourhoods which gives us new perspectives of the beautiful city."

Gül and Mats on one of their home swaps in Paris

 

You've swapped using both classic and Points swaps, and I can also see that you are part of our new Instant system. How do you see Instant changing the way you swap?

Instant helps us by easily finding alternatives to book directly instead of using other booking channels such as Airbnb. We also offer our home for Instant bookings when we can.

 

What advice would you give someone who is considering home swapping?

"Just start looking and connect with people. Make sure to give the warmest welcome in your home just the way you would like to be greeted in a new place. Create a house book with you favourites gems in your city and you will become a world citizen in no time."

 

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“We have met so many lovely new friends via home swapping and we gladly spent time together at art galleries as well as having inspiring dinners together when possible. We always try our best to share our favourite experiences in our city.”

 

How to get started home swapping

Interested in getting started home swapping? Build your own profile and start our free trial today. Or if you’d like to chat more, get in touch with our team – we’d love to help. 

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