In the days of Airbnb and Couchsurfing.com, many travelers are choosing to forego hotels and live as the locals do -- right alongside them in their homes. Ainslie Waldron takes this concept to the next level with "Luxury Globetrotting on a Staycation Budget: An Insider's Guide to the Home Exchange Experience."
What is home exchange? As Waldron's book explains, home exchange is when two groups of people agree to swap homes for the length of a vacation. A single person in the U.S. can choose to swap one-bedroom apartments with another single person in the U.K. A family of four can swap their ranch-style home in Phoenix for a chalet in Zermatt.
It's easy to see why home exchange adds to the overseas travel experience. In addition to the money saved by swapping homes -- no extra funds spent on hotels, the ability to purchase food in bulk and cook in a real kitchen instead of eating out every night -- the home exchange process also allows travelers to spend a longer period of time in the city of choice, exploring it at leisure and learning how the locals live outside of the typical tourist experiences.
Waldron is a "semi-retired baby boomer" with plenty of travel under her belt, and her book is written for a similar audience: people who have experience traveling but are looking for a way to get more out of their trips, and people who are hoping to enjoy their retirement without spending all of their hard-earned savings. However, people of all ages and stages of life will find much to learn within Waldron's book.
As readers proceed through the book, Waldron includes plenty of anecdotes about her own adventures -- and misadventures -- while traveling. She describes how to find a home worth swapping for as well as how to make your own home a place that other people will find swap-worthy. She includes bulleted summaries of important information so that nothing gets forgotten or lost as you read.
If you're interested in learning more about traveling with home exchanges, "Luxury Globetrotting on a Staycation Budget" provides everything you need to get started.