It’s the new year, you’ve heard about home exchanging and decided this is the year.
But how do you get started? Isn’t it scary to leave your home with a stranger? Would anyone want to come to where you live?
These are common “newby” questions. We see them in our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/peoplelikeus.world) regularly.
If you haven’t exchanged your home for travel before, you’re going to find that it’s very different from staying in an AirBnB or a hotel.
If you want to try it this year, NOW is the time to get ready!
You see, home exchanging requires preparation. A listing takes some work. You need good photos that present your home in the best light. You need descriptions that will attract people to your home. You need to let people know what they can do in your local area.
More than anything, though, you need to get to know us and we need to get to know you.
It would indeed be scary to leave your home with a stranger but that’s what happens on short term rental platforms like AirBnB. At People Like Us, you’re not leaving your home with a stranger.
It’s why you need to list and get involved in our community now.
You’re going to meet people in our group who will feel like friends before long.
Before you exchange with a PLU, you’ll chat with each other, talk, video call and get to know each other. I guarantee that, by the time you exchange, you will not feel like strangers.
Would anyone want to come to your place?
Almost certainly, yes!!
How can I be so sure?
Because PLU’s are different. We don’t want to be “tourists”.
Sure, we have lots of home in London, Paris and New York (and they’re great too!) but we’re more likely to want to go Elizondo, Nantes, Tielt or Arvada (look them up!). We want to feel what it’s like to live where you do.
You can verify this for yourself by just asking that very same question in our Facebook group or on the Feed (https://peoplelikeus.world/feed). You will get a positive response.
How can I travel now when we’re in a global pandemic?
This is a very good question. Do not travel if it’s not safe. You should only ever travel if it’s safe to do so.
But the pandemic will not last forever. If you feel, like I do, that things will start to improve later in the year, now is the time to get to know our community and for our community to get to know you.
In the mean time, try a local exchange (again, only if it’s safe). It’s a brilliant way to learn the ropes, get a positive reference for your home and for you.
You may make a friend in the process. A person like you, perhaps!
If you have questions, you can post them in our Facebook group or on the Feed, or message me via the system or on email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I look forward to seeing your listing!