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Jewett Street – House Swappin’

August 14, 2007

Looking for a more intimate experience when you travel? I discovered Jewett Street in a comment left over at Apartment Therapy yesterday and thought I’d share. The idea of swapping homes isn’t exactly a new one, but it’s definitely more common, even considered trendy, making your stay in a boutique hotel almost pale in comparison. More and more are jumping on house swapping for several reasons, the first being that in most cases, it’s more affordable and comfortable than a hotel. With hotels soaring into the hundreds per night, staying in one is no longer the best way to spend your vacation dollars. Especially when you can stay in a place that looks like this. Charming, don’t you think? It’s a flat available for swapping in Edinburgh, Scotland over at Jewett Street.

Jewett Street - House Swappin'
Next, house swapping is the best way to sink your teeth into your new culture and experience day-to-day life. You really get to take it all in this way (especially helpful if you’re planning to relocate there someday. House swapping gives you a chance to experience living there without the commitment.) Of course, many more benefits exist, but you usually don’t know what they are until you’ve experienced it. And if you cannot house swap, consider looking into rental apartments when you travel. I have connections in my favorite cities so that when I need to travel there, I know who to call for an apartment.

I think that people are much more open to the idea of letting strangers into their home because of the internet. Let’s face it, we share so much of ourselves online, you can google anyone! We have less walls around us, people aren’t as fearful as they once were. Remember back years ago, if a friend told you she was dating a man she’d met online what did you think? Didn’t images of murder and/or abduction play through your head? No one thinks twice about meeting those they’ve met online today, so the same goes for swapping homes. There isn’t as much fear in the idea. Maybe we are more trusting? I don’t know. Of course, there is still a need to exercise caution, but house swapping sounds like a great travel option to me and totally worth looking into. If you want to learn more about how home swapping works, visit the Jewett Street website and register if you’re interested.

Have you swapped homes before? What was your experience? If not, would you consider it? I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this.

(image from jewett street)


  • Reply andrea August 14, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    I would! But I don’t know who would want to swap homes for a vacation in Columbus, OH!

  • Reply emma August 14, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I am in the middle of home-swapping right now actually! I have switched homes with Sia (, so for ten days now I’ve been staying in her apartment in Amsterdam, and she has been living in my apartment in Stockholm. It has been a great experience, I love her home, and it has been so much nicer to stay here than in a hotel room/hostel. However, I do find it harder to meet new people when you are not living in a hostel, but if you are not travelling alone that won’t be a big issue.

    I will definitely try to do this again next time I go on vacation!

  • Reply decor8 August 14, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Andrea – I see your point. I don’t think anyone would swap Paris for New Hampshire either!

    Emma – I’ve been thinking about you and wondered how that’s going. Do you like Amsterdam? Did you meet up with Danielle?


  • Reply Sarah August 14, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    That is a benefit to living in NYC, my first apartment swap was in Paris. It was the first time I could go to a market on vacation, buy food, and be able to enjoy it. It was such a neat experience. And it saves a fortune on hotel bills!

  • Reply Brooke August 15, 2007 at 1:02 am

    The idea makes me a little nervous. Someone staying in my apartment with all my things. Do you give your laptop and valuables to a friend for the week?

    The thing is, I’m on a very tight budget and this does sound like a great way for me to be able to go to some of the cities I’ve been longing to visit. I also have an apt in NYC, so i don’t think it would be too much of a problem for me to find someone who would want to switch. I’m just nervous about it.

  • Reply becky August 15, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    I’m with Brooke. If I had a second home without all my schmancy shoes and stuff in it, fine, but I would just be too uncomfortable sharing my own space. It seems like a great idea in a “The Holiday” kind of way, I’m just too paranoid.


  • Reply Lisa Marie August 15, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    We have been talking about doing this, we live in the Mission Dolores area in San Francisco and have an extra in-law space downstairs where we could lock up all our valuables. That would definitely be a concern of mine, so I understand. We also have two dogs, so I’m not sure if you can list this in case anyone is allergic. Thanks so much for passing the link along!

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