Home Exchange and the Affordable Travel Club, the Way to Go
Recently my wife and I did a home exchange with a couple from Turkey. Imagine living in Istanbul for a period of several weeks and experiencing all this ancient city has to offer.
This year we also joined "The Affordable Travel Club" for an annual fee of $65. The idea is that you will host or be hosted for a nominal gratuity of $20 a night and when you are the host that you will serve a breakfast and spend at least an hour with your guest(s) showing them around in the community.
It is also understood that you will not stay for more than 4 nights. However, this year we contacted a lady in Melbourne in Australia to suggest we would like to stay for 5 weeks and allow her to charge a fair market value for the accommodation. Her response was "no worries. You can stay for the 5 weeks for $20 a night!"
The idea behind "The Affordable Travel Club" is brilliant. It's another way to go and see the world.