Love Home Swap finds families are key drivers in the increase in demand for stylish home exchanges that don’t break the bank

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With some precious family time still left before the end of the summer vacation, statistics show home swapping continues to rise among families seeking stylish holidays.

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"Our members save an average of $3,487 per holiday, allowing them to spend more time enjoying themselves and less time worrying about finances."

Whether the kids prefer Disneyland or a splashing in the Caribbean sea, features thousands of inspirational properties in 95 countries around the world. Founder Debbie Wosskow developed the site after finding that boutique hotels and toddlers don’t mix. She said: “Our members save an average of $3,487 per holiday, allowing them to spend more time enjoying themselves and less time worrying about finances.”

Research shows that a typical American family of four would hope to spend an average of $2,472 on a vacation. Yet Love Home Swap members have access to amazing properties for only a small registration fee.

Saving money is a large part of the appeal, but it is by no means the only one. Love Home Swap’s family members report that, rather than cramped hotel rooms, they get space, access to toys and plenty of insider tips on amusing the children – and that ‘living like a local’ far outweighs the typical tourist experience. A whopping 71% of Love Home Swap’s list of available properties are child-friendly, sleeping seven on average.

“Family-friendly homes make holidays much less stressful, particularly when you don’t have to cram children’s equipment into your luggage,” said Debbie[?] “Our enthusiastic family swappers include a London homeowner who exchanged with a Boston family and was delighted to receive access to the city’s museums and galleries thanks to generous hosts who left out membership cards, and a French farmhouse owner who received a welcome pack including home-baked cakes on arriving at her hosts’ Irish farmhouse near the beach.”

The security of knowing that someone is taking care of your home while you’re away is reassuring – for owners and insurance companies – and owners with gardens and pets often agree mutual care which negates the need for costly house sitters.

A sneak peak at the stylish homes on offer reveals a seven bedroomed villa on the Greek island of Santorini, which would normally rent for $15,511 per week in peak season, but is completely free for Love Home Swap members. A sprawling French house in Normandy boasts a pool, sandpit and climbing frame in its rambling gardens and access to beaches and nearby Honfleur. Typically renting for $4,653 in peak season, members have free access.

Love Home Swap member Amanda Starling 45, from Tennessee, recently swapped her stunning lakeside property for a home in Rancho Santa Fe, California. She is already planning her next exchange to Orange Beach, Florida thanks to the success of her previous swaps: “I love the whole idea of home swapping. It’s not like staying in a hotel or a vacation rental property because you feel as though you really live in the place you’re staying – even if it is just for one week. You get the true experience, living amongst locals.”

About Love Home Swap

Love Home Swap is the stylish home swap holiday service, with thousands of inspiring properties listed in over 95 countries worldwide – from London lofts to Swiss ski chalets, Californian condos to Balinese beach retreats.

  •     Members save an average of $3,487 per home swap
  •     Love Home Swap is the world's most socially connected home exchange site – with LinkedIn Connect and a unique Facebook app that allows members to find swaps from within their wider social network.
  •     Following an initial free trial membership, Love Home Swap costs only $159 a year for standard membership for an unlimited number of swaps. Luxe membership, at $299 a year, includes access to a dedicated swap-finding team and 5-star concierge when you travel.

*Statistics via an international survey carried out by the GFK Association in 2010, which asked 16,364 citizens in 16 countries how much they were expecting to spend per person on vacation.

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