Q: I would like to do a home swap, but I live in Preston, Lancashire, which I suspect is on few people's choice of places to stay, except as a base from which to visit other places.
Would anyone from mainland Europe want to stay for a week or more in an undistinguished English provincial city? - Jane, Preston
A: Although you may not find as many members interested in a home swap to a city that’s not so well known as, say, London, York or Edinburgh, as well as arranging exchanges for holidays, many members (often ex-pats) are looking for swaps in other areas to be near family and friends. Home exchange also appeals to many people who want to avoid tourist areas and experience a ‘real’ area.
When describing your exchange offer, include distances to well know attractions and cities as well as information on Preston (I found some very interesting information on Visit Preston and events planned this year by Preston Guild. Photo of Brockholes nature reserve). As there is limited public transport in your area, it would be useful if you are willing to consider swapping cars too.
The more open you can be on destinations you will consider for an exchange, the better your chances of finding a suitable swap. As well as holidays and visiting family, many UK members also arrange weekend swaps within the UK. Would this be of interest to you? Members who are proactive in contacting several others to suggest exchanges are often more successful at finding suitable swaps than those who live in popular destinations but who wait to be contacted.
We hope you will join Home Base Holidays very soon and start your home exchange adventure!