Home swapping has become increasingly popular in recent years with more and more people discovering the benefits of choosing to swap homes rather than pay for expensive hotels or rentals. Many people choose to arrange a home swap for shorter periods such as a week or two but many people also choose to arrange exchanges for longer periods of 3+ months. This can be a particularly good option for people who have flexible work that is location independent. With technology enabling us to be connected almost anywhere there has been a big rise in people choosing to work while they travel and live a digital nomad lifestyle. For the digital nomad home swapping can often be an ideal option as it allows opportunities to arrange rent free accommodation throughout the world. So long as you have an internet connection you can work while getting to know other cultures and making new friends.
If you are looking into becoming a digital nomad, here are some travel tips:
Spend at least a few weeks at each destination
Slow travel is yet another travel trend that accompanies the digital nomad lifestyle. While you have the freedom to move to one place to another, you also have the luxury to spend several weeks and even months at a destination. List your home swap offer on the Home Base Holidays website and make sure to tick the “Long term home exchange” option. Search for other members also looking for long term swaps so that you can arrange home exchanges that give you the chance to explore each city or region at leisure while continuing to work and keep a stable income flow.
Look for co-working spaces
Whether they come in the form of hotel lobbies, trendy cafeterias or designated hangout spaces, co-working areas are huge these days. They have office facilities and great Wi-Fi, but their greatest advantage is that you get to socialize with local freelancers or other digital nomads just like you. This is something many people who work remotely lack.
But, this is not the only advantage co-working spaces offer. This can also be where you will meet like-minded people, and where you can get the best tips about the town you are exploring. Just ask around during your break wheres the best place in town for coffee and you will likely get a few recommendations… plus, you might also get an invitation to go there together.
Live like a local
“Live like a local” – this is a phrase that you’ve no doubt heard many times but home swapping and living a digital nomad work life allows you to do just that: to explore your travel destinations like a local. For holiday makers staying one or two weeks in a hotel it is often very hard to get off the beaten tourist trail. However by arranging a home swap for a few weeks or even a few months, and so living in a real home in a real local neighbourhood, you’ll soon start to get a real feel for your destination. When you are done visiting the museums and touring the attractions, you can start spending your free time the same way the city’s locals do.
Home Base Holidays: travel the home exchange way
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