Love Home Swap – Playing ‘Swapsies’ Across the Globe
By Justine Tyerman
Love Home Swap is an international home swap community that has seen phenomenal growth since it was established seven years ago.
Set up in the UK by entrepreneurial young Brits, brother and sister Ben and Debbie Wosskow, the idea for the company came after Debbie experienced a particularly bad and expensive family holiday back in 2011. From this and with a little inspiration from home-swap rom-com The Holiday, Love Home Swap was created. The aim of the company was to help people experience better holidays through the power of swapping.
Love Home Swap currently has thousands of amazing properties listed all around the world, with a team of around 45 people based at their central London HQ.
One of the main reasons why home swapping is so popular is the amount of money that is saved on holidays. Members save an average of 90 percent on their accommodation fees (around $3,500 per swap). Not only is home swapping excellent value for money, it is usually more spacious and comfortable and heaps more fun compared with traditional accommodation options. Love Home Swap enables more authentic holiday experiences too allowing members to ‘live like a local’ when they’re away.
The innovative points system, a form of currency, makes home swapping even easier, taking away the need to match exact dates and locations. Members accrue points when they have other members to stay and can then use their points anytime, anywhere in the world within the LHS community. An iPhone app also makes it possible to agree swaps on the move, and you can sign up for a free two-week trial to see how you like it.
This slideshow (courtesy of Ben Cowper / Videographer / Gisborne Herald) shows just some of the magnificent Love Home Swap properties around the world, including New Zealand, Greece, France, Kenya, the Swiss Alps, and Indonesia, some of which I have been fortunate to stay in.
Editor’s Note: To learn more, be sure to read Justine’s full story on LuxuryUK.
Contributing Editor Justine Tyerman is an award-winning travel writer, journalist and sub-editor from Gisborne, New Zealand, with 20 years’ experience in newspaper and freelance work. Check out her work at www.just-write.co.nz and Tyerman’s Travels Facebook.