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Self catering breaks

Rent a holiday cottage, apartment, chalet, log cabin or house.

holiday parks

Holiday parks

Holiday accommodation with leisure facilities, shops and other amenities and entertainment.

Camping

Traditionally the cheapest most basic form of holiday accommodation. Kids love it .

Cheap holidays through house swaps
cheap house swap

Home exchange schemes offer a method of obtaining free accommodation for your holiday. There are various websites around that facilitate an exchange with like-minded people for a small annual administration fee, or a payment if you arrange a swap. The schemes achieve some degree success but also some failures.

Whether you would be pleased with your exchange depends on various factors. The ideal is to exchange with people who own a home of a similar standard to yours so that you do not feel cheated. Standards of cleanliness, bedding etc. also vary. If you are allergic to cats or dogs ensure that your exchange partnerís home is pet free or a couple of weeks of allergy misery await.

You may wish to swap your city apartment for a cottage in the country either in the UK or abroad. All things are possible if you find someone willing to swap with you.

Potential pitfalls with home exchanges:

1. The agreement for a swap may not work if either party is unable to go on holiday because of illness or unforeseen circumstances. Travel insurance may not cover you if only the accommodation element of your holiday falls through.
2. A disaster may befall either property before or during residence, for example, flood, fire, plumbing, heating or electrical failures.
3. Unwelcome guests. Would you stay if you discovered insect infestations, mice or rats?
4. Comparable standards of cleanliness. You could swap your beautifully clean home for a grimy midden. Worse still, on your return you could find that your home has become a similar shambles.

There are risks with home exchange. A certain measure of trust is required. However, a proportion of home exchanges are successful.

The risks are reduced if you try to swap with like-minded people, draw up contingency plans for unforeseen disasters and take out suitable insurance.

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