Intervac: Home Exchange Gurus

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One of these apartments could contain your free flat swap
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What could be better than good quality accommodations at low expense? Good quality accommodations for free everywhere you travel. W-w-what? Read on.

It’s called a home exchange. The best home exchange company we’ve discovered is Intervac. Intervac has been assisting people in their home exchange arrangements for over 50 years.

There is an annual fee to be an Intervac member, and the fee varies depending on where you live. In the United States, a basic annual membership costs $95; in Greece, the fee is €50, and in the UK the fee is £65. Once you pay the annual fee and have your application approved, you are welcome to arrange as many home exchanges as you like for a twelve-month period.

We have so far completed home exchanges through Intervac with folks in the U.S., Scotland, France, and Italy without complaint. No one has taken anything. The one item broken along the way has been replaced. We have even exchanged cars as well as homes.

Our calculus: Free accommodation + access to a kitchen = more money saved for more travel!

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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