In France or abroad, choose to exchange your house or apartment for the holidays. An economical solution that allows not only to stay for free but also to fully absorb the local life, while being comfortably installed. For a weekend as for a stay of several weeks, organize yourself so that your holiday budget does not go into accommodation but rather into leisure! Building on its success in Anglo-Saxon countries since the 1950s, exchanging your home during the holidays is becoming an increasingly common practice in France. Many of the people who have experienced it are delighted and ready to start again. And whether you own a small apartment in the city or a large house in the countryside, know that the exchangers seek above all else, a comfortable accommodation in a tourist place. A small apartment in town is easily exchanged for a house in the countryside. Frankly describe your property, be honest. There is no need to overvalue your property. On the contrary, describe it correctly and present a maximum of photos. Then trust your intuition. If a good contact is established with your interlocutor, trust your feelings. It is certain that no guarantee is possible but rare are the disappointments. Some even let you use their car! You can also arrange for your hosts to take care of your pets. Prepare for their arrival, they will be more grateful to you. For example, note some good restaurants in the surrounding area. Provide several tourist guides in the region. Place a bouquet of fresh flowers in a vase, your home will be all the more welcoming. The most organized even go so far as to write a manual for the house. But be careful not to be too demanding, at the risk of offending your new hosts. Do I need to take out insurance? Take the front and tell your insurance that you are leaving but that people will be staying in your house. This will cover any damage caused by a third party. And be aware that an insurer will prefer to know your house occupied by other people rather than empty and unattended. Where to find ads? -> Experienced since 1953, www.homelink.fr connects the various owners in more than 70 countries. Count 125 euros for an annual registration. -> As for the site www.intervac.com, the latter specializes in exchanges in mainland France and overseas. -> www.echangedemaison.com, you can register for life from 89 euros. -> www.switchome.org, free exchange site anywhere in the world.