When Home Base Holidays started in 1985, most of our UK members especially used home exchange as a means of having a holiday abroad. Although international swaps are certainly still very popular (a great way to reduce costs when the pound sterling is so low against many major currencies), there has been a definite trend this year for swaps, both for weekends and longer holidays, closer to home. Domestic home swaps do have advantages, especially if no flights are involved, and are generally easier to arrange.
We may be seeing a growing trend for more local exchanges in the last few months mainly for economic reasons. However, some members are also likely to be reducing air travel not only to save money but also as a part of a conscious effort to cut down on energy consumption generally.
Older readers will remember when air travel was considered glamorous. Now, for most travellers, being squashed in a small seat for many hours seems more like being in a cattle truck than anything remotely glamorous! The following quotes are samples of how some Home Base Holidays members are limiting their exchange offer destinations:
Orna – ‘I hate flying. Short or even long breaks which only involve my throwing a suitcase into the car and going off, would be absolutely great’.
Orna’s flat in London is in a particularly attractive central location so it’s not surprising that she has received large numbers of exchange offers from other countries over her many years of membership. I suggested that she give her reasons (as above + her age) for no longer feeling able to take up such offers however attractive. This will limit the offers she receives to areas in the UK that will more likely be of interest to her, and deter members from other countries from contacting her and being disappointed. See Orna’s full exchange offer, HE18785.
‘We are hoping to make exchanges for weekends and school holidays, mainly within the UK, or western Europe. Wales, West Country or London for short breaks, but in school holidays for up to two weeks anywhere we can get to without flying.’
Those swapping homes with the Richards’ will enjoy a break in the Cotswolds (in photo). See their full exchange offer, HE20210.