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Meet the members: The Chung family from Australia

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 5 minute read

Home swapping is undoubtedly the most cost-effective way to travel. We caught up the Chung family from Australia to find out about their incredible staycations.

The Chung's enjoying their swap for Prue's home in Brighton, Victoria

Opting for home swapping over hotels and rentals

As an avid home swapper with a total of 21 home swaps organised since joining Love Home Swap in 2016, Hanh Chung and family have home swapped all across Australia using our Points system.

“[Points] make it easy to swap as we don’t need to match the location and the time of the trip. It's really convenient when looking for a swap.”

When Hanh first joined Love Home Swap, during his free trial he received a message from a member called Carolyn in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. “I was so excited, Carolyn showed me step-by-step how to agree my first Points swap.”

Hanh’s family enjoying the beach in Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast

Although Carolyn’s home was the first home swap Hanh organised, the family were hooked quick – and shortly after they confirmed a swap to Collin’s home in Mount Martha, a seaside town just a short distance from Melbourne.

“The experience was so amazing. With that first swap, we weren’t sure what the expectations were from the homeowner. Colin’s home exceeded our expectations and was possibly our most memorable swap.”

Saving money by home swapping

We wanted to know whether home swapping allows the Chung's to holiday more than they would normally. “Yes, definitely yes. That’s why we’ve done 21 swaps in just a couple years. As the kids get older, travel accommodation gets quite expensive if we do the trip by booking hotels or houses.”

As for the family’s favourite home swap memory, “This question is hard to answer- every home swap has left us memories…Our favourite memory is maybe our first house swap to Colin’s house in Mount Martha. Our family did not want to go out - the kids enjoyed the jacuzzi, the adults enjoyed the coastal view from the house and the house was so comfortable.”

Enjoying the jacuzzi at their home swap at Colin’s home in Mount Martha

Waking up with a different view is also high on Hanh’s wish list when home swapping, “My personal favourite homes were the ones with the views. These houses are Colin’s home in Mount Martha, Victoria, Eileen’s house in Encounter Bay, South Australia and Paul’s house in Apollo Bay, Victoria.”

Coffee with a view at Eileen’s home in Encounters Bay, South Australia

“Besides that, there were fantastic hosts who made us felt so welcomed by their communication such as Carolyn in Noosa who phoned us to make sure we were settled well, Christian in Brisbane also phoned and even let us use her car…”

The advantages of home swapping

“The biggest advantage for us is the savings on accommodation. The more you travel, the bigger saving you have. By home swapping, we can take more trips and do as many as we want.”

“Also, I feel good about home swapping because members treat each other like guests, not just like someone renting your house. We always left our guests some gifts and we got some gifts from our guests which made us feel great every time.”

Home swapping allows the Chung family to travel more.

Advice for future home swappers

“Anyone who is thinking about home swapping should do it because when you do it, you won’t want to go back to other forms of accommodation.”

“For us, accommodation is the biggest cost when travelling as we want to stay in the comfortable homes which cost more. So, by saving on accommodation cost, we can now do more trips.”

“What we like about Love Home Swap is the Points system. With this system, we can book a swap quicker and easier than a traditional swap.”

The Chung family enjoying a home swap in Apollo Bay, Victoria

Find out more and share your story

Interested in home swapping? Get in touch with the team today to find out more. Want to share your home swapping stories? Tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #welovehomeswap.