OK. We do house exchange with complete strangers.
– That sounds crazy, you might say.
Well, it probably could be – but if you make good deals with the other family, the chance is you end up with great vacation and good memories.
– So how do you do that?
We joined homeexchange.com.
You create a profile with pictures of your home and write a little about yourself.
– Only paying members get to contact you.
– Then you read their guestbook and consider the offer.
– If you feel like accepting the exchange offer, start the conversation through the website. Otherwise answer a polite no thanks.
– Further conversation with the exchange family can be done by phone, skype/FaceTime or just by e-mail.
To find out more about this kind of vacation – read the inspiring HomeExchange Blog
When exchanging homes, you might also need a second or third night on your way to the destination. You may also want to use the house exchange as a base camp, and do different tours in one or the other direction.
We found that booking.com is also a great way to find that cheap, but also special place to spend a night or two. Booking.com also works great as a portal to explore Norway! You will find everything from small cabins along the fjords of Hardanger or Lysefjorden, or a nice hotel in Haugesund, Stavanger or Bergen.