A house to swap with in Kas, Turkey

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The detached house is situated on the fringe of the village, at the end of a cul-de-sac. It has three levels, containing a lounge, dining area, kitchen two double bedrooms and one single bedroom, two shower rooms with toilets, and a separate toilet. There is also a computer room/study, with wireless connection. On the top floor there is the second shower room and toilet, with washing machine and tumble dryer(although this is very rarely needed) and the single bedroom. Also on the top floor there is a roof terrace with superb sea views.

The house is situated in the Turkish village of Gokseki,which is 5k from the town of Kas, and 14k from the town of Kalkan. This is not a tourist village so it is very peaceful. There are no restaurants or bars, but you will feel part of the Turkish community, and the local people are very friendly. There are two small shops in the village,and of course the mosque. The bus service to and from Kas are every 30 minutes during the summer months, and hourly in the Spring, Autumn and Winter. The journey takes about 10 minutes (a one hour downhill walk to Kas). The nearest beach is a 30 minute walk or 5 minutes by bus. At the beach there is a cafe,and sunbeds/umbrellas are also available. There are many ancient and historic sites nearby.

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South of the Strait

There are two types of people when it comes to home exchanging, there are people who exchange homes and love it and then there are people who worry that someone is going to sleep in their bed and steal their big screen television.

I love home exchanging. Do people sleep in my bed? I hope so, I change the sheets and lay out fresh towels. For some reason people will sleep on a hotel bed without a second thought, but someone else’s bed gives them the willies. I don’t know if they think the Virgin Mary is sleeping in their hotel rooms, but it seems like an odd reason to avoid exchanging homes to me. Take your own bedding if you like, or buy some when you arrive, it will be cheaper than staying in a hotel room.

Now if you are someone with a priceless collection of Picasso paintings…

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Home Exchange – a great way to travel – part two

Better late than never hopefully!!

Home Exchanging can take several forms. A traditional Home Exchange is when you exchange homes at the same time. A non-simultaneous exchange, which offers more flexibility, is when one or both of you have alternative accommodation available, often a second home, and therefore the dates for the exchange do not have to link and the exchange happens at different times for each party. One exchange takes place in the holiday home whilst the owner remains in the main residence, and then that owner visits the exchange partner’s property at a later and more convenient time.

Hospitality Exchange is the third type and this is when you take turns staying as guests in each other’s homes. This form of exchange appeals to the more sociable amongst us and I think works particularly well for singles, who are often worried about travelling alone in a different city or country and it also helps to avoid the dreaded supplements that single travellers often have to endure. Providing space and the number of bedrooms aren’t an issue, you may also consider Hospitality Exchange if you have someone else staying at home, like a lodger or older offspring, where a traditional exchange may not be appropriate as you can’t provide an empty home.

It is normal and good practice when exchanging to leave a welcome pack with lots of interesting information about the property but, more especially about the area and what can be done and seen locally, where to shop and eat, some exchangers even arrange for the neighbours to pop in to introduce themselves. Often with Hospitality Exchanges this local info is taken to the next stage with the home partner acting as a local tourist guide taking you sightseeing, for a meal out and even perhaps for a round of golf at their club.

Home Exchange – why do it? Saving money is the obvious benefit – with no accommodation costs, the savings can be substantial. Imagine how much more you will have to spend by not paying hotel bills or villa rental! Other major savings can be achieved by swapping cars, sports equipment and even boats, by not having to dine out every night, even by playing as a guest at your host’s sports/golf club.

You have the freedom to do what you want, when you want, armed with the more intimate local knowledge of your exchange partner rather than just a guide book.

Well, is Home Exchanging for you? Why not try it and see? Once you have tried it, I am sure you will want to do it again.  

Home Exchange is the holiday alternative and a great way to travel at a significantly reduced cost.

Brian Luckhurst

www.homeexchange50plus.com

 

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Home Exchange – a great way to travel

 

Home Exchanging or Home Swapping is when you agree to swap homes, and often cars, with someone; you stay in their home and they stay in yours, and no money changes hands. It is an economical way to holiday and an exciting way to travel, to experience other cultures and see other countries differently, through local eyes, not as a tourist.

Home Exchange for holidays is not a new concept, indeed it was started in the 1950s by a group of teachers, however more and more of us, from all walks of life, are now doing it, not least to save money in these financially difficult times.

Not surprisingly, we oldies, seniors, baby boomers, silver surfers (whatever we wish to call ourselves) are becoming great fans of Home Exchanging. We tend to be more flexible on dates with more free time available, we don’t normally have to worry about school holidays as we are often empty nesters, and cost savings are very important to us. I also think we are of an age when we like the idea of seeing things from a different perspective, we no longer like being seen just as tourists and often prefer to live more like a local when on holiday.

My wife was horrified when I first mentioned Home Exchanging, “I can’t have someone staying in my house, anyway no one would want to, it needs too much doing to it” or words to that effect. She wasn’t worried about the security or privacy aspect, simply, that our house wasn’t smart enough to let others stay in it.

Many potential exchangers have similar thoughts, with others having more concerns over the security aspect of having strangers staying in their home, which to a degree is understandable, but don’t forget you are staying in their home. What do you think is better, leaving your home empty whilst you are away on holiday or having someone staying in it and looking after it as if it were their own?

Home Exchange is built around trust. Trust in the people you exchange with to describe their home and location honestly and trust that, when they visit, they don’t damage your home and belongings. Home Exchange is often the beginning of lasting friendships which are built around this trust.

Home Exchanging can take several forms but I will leave that for another time.

Brian Luckhurst

www.homeexchange50plus.com

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