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Why not plan a post-lockdown staycation?

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With the vaccine rollout picking up steam, travelling looks like it will finally turn a corner. Whilst we don’t yet know when international trips will get the greenlight, now is a good time to start looking at potential staycations for the Easter holidays and beyond.

To aid your planning, Love Home Swap is running a free 3-month trial exclusively for HfP readers.

Love Home Swap

What is Love Home Swap?

Love Home Swap is a members-only home swapping platform.

Boasting everything from chateaux to city pads, Love Home Swap currently has over 17,000 active members in more than 100 countries, and in excess of 18,000 homes to pick from.

Home swaps are a great way to experience destinations in an authentic way. Better yet, it’s free as you’ll be swapping your own home or holiday home.

By using Love Home Swap, you can ensure security and avoid timewasters.

How does the free trial work?

You can try out Love Home Swap for free with an exclusive 3-month trial.

You need to sign up by the 14th February and use this link.

If you decide to remain a member after the three months are up, you can buy an annual platinum membership for just £99 (usually £288).

Even better …. if you do convert to full membership, the £99 Platinum package comes with 4 free airport lounge passes via Lounge Pass.

Why should I join Love Home Swap now?

Home swaps are a great choice for exploring new places. Unlike a hotel, home swaps come with all the amenities you would expect to find at home, including a fully functioning kitchen, dedicated living room and more.

Plus, unlike with holiday home rentals, they don’t cost a fortune, so you can stay in amazing locations virtually free.

Whilst arranging a home swap takes a little more time and effort than booking a rental, the benefits far outweigh the effort.

Home swapping also provides a safer way of travelling. There is no need to share lifts with strangers or pass other guests in a hotel lobby – a home swap gives you your own space and peace of mind.

If you’re working from home then a home swap can also be a great way of changing your scenery. Last year, member Chisara swapped her London apartment for ‘working-from-home swaps’ in both Cornwall and the Cotswolds.

Travelling with her dog Sensi, she said:

“Swapping is just so incredibly cost efficient in comparison to staying at a hotel, and the community is excellent. With home swapping, people treat your home the way you treat theirs. The people that I have ended up swapping with have always been extremely helpful and accommodating. Cost wise, it makes your money go so much further when you don’t have to worry about paying for accommodation”.

Any other benefits?

Love Home Swap is offering a no-quibble cancellation policy if Covid-19 disrupts your plans.

For example, if you plan a Points Swap to an area that is subject to new Government restrictions, your Points (which is Love Home Swap’s virtual currency) will be returned to you in full, as well as any service fee if applicable.

Likewise, if you have agreed to let someone stay in your home and they cancel due to new restrictions, you keep the Points that you would have earned.

All Love Home Swap members have committed to enhanced cleaning guidelines. You can find out more details about these measures by clicking here.

Chisara adds:

“Lockdown is ridiculously tough. It’s been amazing to take advantage of my membership in the pockets of space where government regulations allow me to. While it’s sometimes tricky to get dates locked in with fellow swappers during this time, once the dates are in, it’s worth all the hassle. It’s a chance to change my scenery, get out of the city, and get more space to run around with my dog!”

How does the free trial work?

You can try out Love Home Swap with an exclusive free 3-month trial when you sign up by the 14th February using this link.

If you decide to remain a member after the three months are up, you can buy an annual platinum membership for just £99 (usually £288).

Even better… £99 Platinum package comes with 4 free airport lounge passes via Lounge Pass, which covers most major UK airports.

Love Home Swap also offer a no-quibble cancellation policy, so if lockdown measures mean that you can’t travel, you won’t lose out.

You can sign-up for your free trial of Love Home Swap here.

Comments (15)

  • Peter K says:

    Great. So you get to swap houses with people that you have no idea how COVID safe they are being. What could possibly go wrong?

    • Andrew says:

      And then can’t return to your home for 72 hours after they have left to ensure it’s Covid secure again. It’s beyond ridiculous to be considering this at the moment.

      • Rob says:

        Your choice Andrew – no holiday, hotel or a home swap. I would suspect a home swap is safer than a hotel stay.

        • Andrew says:

          Except no one is coughing over my home while I’m in the hotel.

          • Peter K says:

            Exactly.
            I went on a hotel break at the end of last year (before lockdown 2.0) and, though the room genuinely looked impressively cleaned, I still cleaned all the possible touch points with antiviral wipes as soon as I arrived.

            Then we had no cleaning done by staff members while there.
            It was certainly safer and more relaxing than having someone in my house for several days and having to clean both at the start (my house then their house) and the end (their house then my house) of the holiday!

            Did I mind cleaning the hotel room? Not really and I thoroughly enjoyed the break at the hotel.

    • Mr. AC says:

      There’s 10M people vaccinated in the UK and 5-15M who had COVID but recovered. It’s approaching 40% of the population. Risk calculus is entirely different for folks who either recovered or vaccinated (or, like myself, both!).

    • Love Home Swap says:

      Hi Peter, thank you for your question.

      As we are a community built on trust and reciprocal exchange, some members will clean before their guests arrive in their home to make the swap as comfortable as possible. Alternatively, some members might agree on paying a cleaning fee instead. Each and every swap is unique so our members would clarify any rules, Covid-related or otherwise, before a swap is confirmed.

      Thank you

  • s says:

    Number of comments says it all. I think Rob is right to say that HfP readers are no fools 🙂

  • Paul says:

    The question was why not plan a post lockdown staycation?

    A. I travel to escape England and the awful weather, the overpriced food. the lack of hospitality, the grubby streets, the overcrowded rundown seaside resorts, the overpriced attractions with associated traffic jams and the prices! My god the prices!!! There is little value for money!

    If I cant fly, then I will stay home. My back garden, a good book and decent wine trumps the trials of holidaying in England!!

    • Tony says:

      I have now started “holidaying” via YouTube – be selective some of the town walks are good, and memory’s re formed.

  • Freddy says:

    Don’t want to be away on a holiday swap worrying of the potential mess I will come back to at home. What’s stopping someone rifling through my underwear drawer whilst frolicing in my bed….it’s a bit erw

  • mvcvz says:

    The only thing I find less appealing than the thought of staying in a complete stranger’s home is the thought of a complete stranger staying in mine. Especially unsupervised by me. Covid is just a bonus.

  • signol says:

    Surely a Staycation is staying at home? Otherwise it’s still a holiday, but a domestic holiday? 😉

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Many people swap their holiday homes, which allows plenty of time for the 72 hours period to elapse if you so wish.

    Or they swap their main home while staying in their holiday home.

    You don’t have to have a simultaneous swap – and if you only have one home, you can have someone stay in it for 10 days while you are off on a two-week holiday?

    We did a home swap once, and would do it again. Haven’t signed up for Love Home Swap because our pied-a-terre is a building site (with no builders!) and so we don’t want to list it, or our main home, yet.

    But you need photos of your property to sign up!

  • peter says:

    There’s CouchSurfing which is entirely free, a very different vibe though 😀 but the idea is roughly the same and.. you don’t really have to let people stay at your place instead 😀

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