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As we welcome the start to a whole new decade, with that comes new discoveries and opportunities to try something new. With that in mind, ticking destinations off your bucket list, finding time for yourself, discovering new cultures or trying to travel more consciously – home swapping is a great way to achieve your travel bucket list. To help you with your new year resolutions, we’ve collected our firm favourites for the year ahead.

1. Copenhagen


For an unforgettable city break, look no further than Copenhagen. Despite the Scandinavian countries being notorious for being pricey places to visit, Copenhagen remains the most affordable (especially if you are home swapping during your stay).

Start your day by grabbing a Danish from one of the many local bakeries scattered across the city and take walk see the colourful medieval port of Nyhavn. Once there, the side streets are filled with local galleries, shops and boutiques for you to find the ultimate souvenir, no magnets or shot glasses in sight.  For lunch head to Værftets Madmarked for the best street food Denmark has to offer.

In the evening, enjoy dining in luxury with a seven course meal at the infamous (and one of the best restaurants in the world) Mielcke & Hurtigkarl for an unforgettable dining experience. After that you can head for a drink in one of the many the buzzing Jazz clubs across the city (our favourite being Jazzhus Montmartre).

Top Tip: Try to time your trip to be in winter for a festive trip to visit one of the world’s oldest Theme Parks, Tivoli Gardens. Located in the heart of the city, at night it lights up and transforms into a winter wonderland filled with fun rides, festive market stalls and lovely warming Glogg, a Scandinavian type of spiced mulled wine.


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2. San Francisco


Filled with many diverse and fun neighbourhoods with their own distinct feel, San Francisco remains to be a relatively small city at only four-square miles in area. For that reason, it’s a fantastic city to explore on foot (or cable car…). We recommend starting your day by grabbing one of the cities iconic Blue Bottle coffee and cycling across Golden Gate Bridge to take in the city skyline from Land’s End.

After that, head to the oldest China Town in North America and one of the largest outside of Asia for an unforgettable lunch before spending the afternoon wondering around the many independent stores in the lively Mission District. 

Top Tip: Avoid the crowds and skip visiting Pier 39 and Alcatraz and instead opt to spend the afternoon people watching in Delores Park. You get to visit one of the cities most iconic parks and best of all - there’s no queuing and it’s free.


Homes to swap in San Francisco


3. Sri Lanka

Known as the ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka should be on everyone’s bucket list for 2020. The country’s beautiful flora and fauna means that it’s a hit for nature-lovers, and is home to over 5,800 wild elephants and has the largest concentration of leopards in the world. If that’s not enough, the country is home to some of the best beaches and hiking trails in south Asia – Where you can enjoy surfing along Arugam Bay or trekking in the misty clouds of Horton’s Plains national park to World’s End viewpoint.

Top tip: When visiting the must-see area of Ella (famous for its mountains and waterfalls), you have head to Nine Arches Bridge to see the iconic blue trains pass through. The best time is to get there in the morning before the crowds. To find exact train times you can find out in this guide

Homes to swap in Sri Lanka


4. Iceland


Despite having a population of just 300,000, Iceland welcome over 2 million tourists a year (that’s seven times more tourists than locals). Despite the spike in popularity, Iceland remains to be one of the most expensive destinations to visit in Europe. A great way of cutting down on costs when visiting is by home swapping over hotels or rentals. This way, you get the best knowledge from locals who can provide a stocked cupboard of cooking essentials (to avoid those high grocery costs) and also help you show you around and find the best tour options for you.

Top tip: If you can’t face the crowds of The Blue Lagoon but still fancy an invigorating splash whilst in the country, then head north to the small and unassuming village of Hofsós in Northern Iceland to experience an geothermally heated infinitely pool overlooking the Denmark Strait. Find out more here.

Homes to swap in Iceland


5. Bali


Just one of the 17,000 islands that make up the archipelagic country Indonesia, Bali has long been the shining star for tourism attracting all kinds of travellers from backpackers to honeymooners.

Beyond having some of the most gorgeous shorelines in the world, Bali has every kind of natural beauty. Covered with lush mountainous areas, epic lakes and stunning waterfalls (as well as the iconic rice fields).

If you’re looking for cultural hit, Bali is home to hundreds of temples (also known as Puras). Whilst exploring Ubud, you’ll likely spot many temples where you can leave offerings of cigarettes, flowers, sweets and incense. Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu, Gunung Lebah, and Goa Lawah are all well worth visiting during your stay.

Top Tip: Dry season is between September-December and it’s best to avoid Easter holidays and Chinese New Year as the prices of activities and restaurants rise greatly during this time. If you do want to make the most of your annual leave over Easter, a home swap can be a great way to keep costs down.


Homes to swap in Bali


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