Free hotels: Swapping houses means great savings for vacations

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  • Scott12345 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    Count me among those who are too concerned for strangers to be in our home. We've been very happy paying for lodging (like a condo) directly from the owner, instead of hotels. It's cheaper than hotels, you usually get a place to park your car, and staying in a place with a full kitchen also helps keep food costs lower, too. (You can google for website such as these.)

  • DJ2000 new harmony, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    Home exchange is awesome. I've gone on several trips that I wouldn't have been able to afford if I'd have had to pay for hotel.

  • Itsme2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    My brother in NY has done this many times with pretty good success, but I find it a little odd and nerve wracking. Once he came home to bed bugs in his house and had to throw out his mattresses, and another time a family ruined an afghan my mother had spent 6 months making and given to my sister-in-law. Then she asked my mom to make another one for her - I think my mom said "no way." Anyway, on second thought maybe they haven't had the best of experiences....