See more of France with a home swap

by BrendaHart

Home swapping gives you an undiluted view of the French way of life.

It’s difficult to properly experience another country when staying in a hotel, surrounded by tourist traps. Home swapping gives you an undiluted view of the French way of life. Make friends with the locals, brush up on your language skills and seek out hidden gems that only the natives know about. France offers a variety of different environments: affluent coastal regions, trendy city neighbourhoods and rural vineyards are just a few of them. This article is about how you can experience them like the French do.

A new way to travel

A five star hotel may seem like the best place to spend your nights while on holiday. However, large suites with stylish décor and soft furnishings don’t come cheap. Neither are they the most efficient way to really experience a foreign country.

If you’re planning a trip across the Channel, why not consider home swapping in France? This is a smart and economic alternative to pricey hotel rooms. When you exchange your home, you’ll be able to experience the French way of life and see a whole new side to this fascinating country. Here are a few reasons why you should give it a go.

Make great savings on comfortable accommodation

Home exchanges are an easy way to reduce the cost of your holiday. Search through the members on for your ideal location. Once the dates are decided, all you need to do is pack your bags and enjoy your vacation. A major plus is having cash left over to cover other holiday essentials; fill the fridge will tasty treats or organise fun day trips to the surrounding area.

Home comforts

Taking a break to get some much needed rest and relaxation is one reason why you go on holiday. However, home is where the heart is. Switch houses and you’ll still be surrounded by home comforts and cosy features while you’re away.

Enjoy the freedom you wouldn’t have in a hotel. Dining in the evening with a homemade meal – cooked exactly to your liking – or taking a long, hot bath. The bathroom will undoubtedly be bigger than a hotel’s WC.

Live in a community

Make your holiday more culturally enriching. Staying in a house within a French community, alongside native neighbours, will give you an insight into the French way of life. Learn about the quaint street cafés and backstreet boutiques that only the locals know about.

What’s the most important thing to you when going on holiday?

Stay in the famous wine regions

France is famous for its fine wines. If a crisp glass of vin blanc or vin rouge is your favourite tipple, consider a stay in one of France’s splendid wine-producing regions. In a villa surrounded by the vineyards of Bordeaux, Burgundy or even Champagne, you can sample the local vintages every evening.

Resource Box

France Guide
Find top locations to stay in with the French Tourist Office

Guardian Travel - Paris
Discover the best restaurants and attractions in the French capital

Pick up a handy phrase book or latest bestseller to read while you’re away

Updated: 10/18/2012, BrendaHart
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