Vacation like there is no recession is the unofficial motto of HomeExchange.com, which as 26,000 listings for homes you can swap with yours. Home swapping is cheaper than a hotel and is becoming trendy for weekend getaways and events, like a wedding, alumni football game, or parent’s weekend at college.
Home Exchange lets you search its listings, though completing a transaction requires membership. A silver membership costs $100 for one year. Use code BB2009 – special for Bargain Babe readers – to get 25% off. Expires March 31, 2009. If you do not complete an exchange within your first year, the second year is free.
Browse all listings by country. The US has by far the most, with 10,126 listings, when I checked. If you want to go on a ski vacation, here is a home in Park City, Utah that is 1/2 mile from a ski resort. Or maybe you want to visit Yellowstone National Park but prefer a hard roof in Cody, WY over camping.
For a far flung vacation, consider these two listings for Placencia Village in Belize. Or browse Home Exchange’s top 10 destinations. For more about how exchanging homes works, read their FAQs.