A family travels the world while saving thousands of dollars by swapping homes with strangers.
The couple, Sharon Holland and Jer, from Cork, Ireland, only pay for their plane tickets when they need to travel. They save tons of money on their stay by reducing the most expensive travel expenses.
The couple travel abroad four times a year with their three children Cian, 23, Miah, 13 and Faye, 11. The couple have swapped homes with over 40 strangers over a 13-year period and they think it’s pretty good.
Sharon told the Mirror: ‘I couldn’t imagine traveling any other way now. Swapping our Georgian Irish farmhouse for another overseas property is amazing. architectural period houses.
“Every vacation is different and staying at someone else’s property enhances the experience as it takes us off the beaten path. “We are able to meet more locals and understand the culture better than we would if we were to stay at a resort.”
The family has visited various countries including America, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, United Kingdom and their home country of Ireland. Sharon and Jer both work as vice principals, which means that their jobs allow them to travel for long periods of time during school holidays.
They pay £1,250 (Rs 1.2 lakh) per year for the flights.
Sharon said: “We are exceptionally lucky with our shared holidays. We bring our laptops during the summer weeks as we are both responsible for school timetables and planning, but this can be done remotely. We tend to to spend four to six weeks abroad in the summer.”
The couple pay £135 (Rs 13,000) a year for a subscription with Home Exchange.
She added: “We originally signed up for the website in 2009 because it made travel more affordable. We’ve been hooked ever since.”
Sharon celebrated her 40th birthday in Budapest, St. Patrick’s Day in Amsterdam and lived on July 4 in New York. She says her family loves Italy the most and she has visited the country six times.
“Over the years, every experience has been fabulous – from the architecture to the food. We’ve created wonderful happy memories for less,” Sharon said.
The family also shares all of their adventures on their now_and_then_home Instagram account.
What an adventurous way to live life.
H/T: The mirror
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