Happy Earth Day 2021 💚🌏 Staycation home swaps


Tourism and the environment is always a difficult balance. Of course, if you were to fly half way around the world for a three day home exchange, it could never be classed as 'eco-friendly'. However, home exchanging is an excellent way to help cut waste and make full use of our resources. It's so sad to see so many places around the world damaged by over development; knocking down neighbourhoods to build new hotels or shopping malls aimed at the tourist market. By swapping homes, you're not increasing the demand for hotel rooms but you are staying in a real home in a real neighbourhood ...often exploring and supporting local shops and markets.

"Actually, there are also deeper layers of thought to the home exchange idea. When you think about global waste and conservation, the idea of combining resources with other people on the globe has more merits than those you experience on a personal level. Think of all the hotel sheets and towels that are washed every day; of the low-paid hotel workers (often foreigners); of the huge and wasteful industry that has grown around the needs of people who want to experience a holiday in a different country." - Ruti Singer (from 'Home Away From Home')

Post-lockdown getaway? Staycations (holidays within your own country) will again be very popular this summer as people hold off on overseas travel. By arranging a staycation instead of a long haul holiday, you'll help reduce your carbon footprint by avoiding the need for planes or cruises. The good news is that there are lots of tempting home exchange staycation offers available for this summer through Home Base Holidays.

Links to the above home swap offers:

  1. Cotswolds, England: 180 year old stone cottage in idyllic village. View offer
  2. Cranbrook, England: period family home in the heart of the Kent countryside. View offer
  3. Devon, England: 300 year old cottage in pretty village near Dartmoor National Park. View offer
  4. Ghadira, Malta: bright fully refurbished sea view apartment in North Malta. View offer
  5. Shoreham-by-Sea, England: large open plan houseboat with use of kayaks and bicycles. View offer
  6. Waterbeach, England: family home on the edge of a lovely village close to Cambridge. View offer
  7. Canonbie, Scotland: 17th century cottage in an ideal location for exploring this quiet and wild corner of Dumfries and Galloway. View offer
  8. Saffron Walden, England: converted granary dating back to 1820 in the heart of a historic market town. View offer
  9. Hebden Bridge, England: newly-renovated wide beam houseboat moored on the Rochdale Canal. View offer
  10. Loch Long, Scotland: cozy house with stunning views on the shore of Loch Long. Kayaks available to guests. View offer
  11. Cornwall, England: restored Cornish farmhouse with a wildlife pond, pizza oven, summer house and a meadow. View offer
  12. Cumbria, England: 300 year old farmhouse situated at the centre of 130 acres of farmland in the Eden Valley. View offer
  13. Villeneuve, Switzerland: boutique apartment with fast Wifi and desk for remote working. View offer
  14. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France: fabulous home with roof top terrace with jacuzzi overlooking the sea. View offer
  15. Spanish Point, Ireland: cottage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the sandy beach of Spanish Point. View offer

Home Base Holidays: join for free and start home swapping

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Home swap guarantee: second year free if you do not arrange a swap during your membership.

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