Comments on: Apartment Swapping http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:29:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Katja http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-845822 Katja Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:40:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-845822 Really late to reply, but I just came across this post and discussion via designmom.

I understand what you mean with the ick-feeling, but linens can be washed, and with them any feeling can wash away. For me the whole reason of renting via airbnb while traveling is NOT having to schlepp linens and towels with you. Sorry to say, but whoever feels this way probably is happier not sharing their home with others.

We have experienced both sides of airbnb (17 times we sublet our home, 9 times have we rented homes while travelling) and there was one bad hosting-experience (someone stole something), and one less than brillant stay in a provate home (not so clean). About the cleanliness: Same has been experienced in a hotel many times, it just happens.

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By: Mina http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-444118 Mina Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:47:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-444118 I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do this!! I used to look up Parisian apartments all the time to swap with. Then I got married and had a baby. So, I stopped looking. : ) Someday! Someday!

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By: Jamie http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-426807 Jamie Fri, 04 Jan 2013 19:52:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-426807 I second that! My first use of AirBNB was to be near my brother at Upstate Medical Center after a near-fatal car crash. I would never have traveled to Syracuse in search of a house share otherwise, but it proved very comforting to be in a warm, cozy home with a private space during such a tough time.

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-423362 Jennifer Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:32:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-423362 I did an apartment swap with someone in Paris for a few months. It was wonderful and ended being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – I met my fiance while I was there! As it’s unlikely to find a Parisian who was interested in living in Calgary, I considered it ‘providential’ that the exchange happened. Someone up there is looking out for me!

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By: thema jones http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-419013 thema jones Sun, 09 Dec 2012 13:26:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-419013 what a cute line of clothing

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By: Mills http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417170 Mills Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:27:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417170 For me, staying in an apartment elevates the travel experience from feeling like just an average tourist to settling into the life of a local, no matter how brief the stay in a place may be. Koseli, if you want to swap places for an alpine mountain town, you can totally swap with me! :)

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By: Koseli Cummings http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417126 Koseli Cummings Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:37:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417126 That sounds amazing. Apartment swapping into an exotic dream vacation? Yes please.

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By: Koseli Cummings http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417125 Koseli Cummings Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:36:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417125 Great point, Kristin. I know there were many Airbnb hosts opening up their doors for Sandy victims—to stay on the couch or in a spare bedroom. Apartment swapping can be about much more than a vacation!

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By: Koseli Cummings http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417124 Koseli Cummings Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:35:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417124 oh that’s so cool, Julie!

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By: Koseli Cummings http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417122 Koseli Cummings Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:34:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417122 Ditto that! We ask that they bring their own linens when we rent our place out. But I supply fresh pumpkin bread!

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By: Koseli Cummings http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417121 Koseli Cummings Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:33:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417121 We’ve used Airbnb while traveling abroad and rent out our apartment in NYC for one or two week stints when we visit our families across the country. We love it. It’s super easy and the people that have stayed at our place are considerate, clean, and kind.

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By: Koseli Cummings http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417120 Koseli Cummings Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:32:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417120 Yes, I definitely thought of Holiday while writing this post.

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By: Heather http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417116 Heather Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:21:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417116 I did it when I had an apt on the UWS of Manhattan, and it was AMAZING! I swapped my little 1 bedroom for a truly outstanding apartment overlooking the harbor in Monaco! It was one of the best experiences of my life! You do have to be careful though, and I established communication over a period of time w/ the people I was trading with. I also stayed friendly with them which was a nice bonus. I used a service called homelink.

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By: Kristin http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-417107 Kristin Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:38:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-417107 Would love to do this! For those of use who think we live in an undesirable location (ie. me in suburban Minnesota) I recently read about a family that used house swap because they needed to be close to their son while he was recovering from surgery. It is not always for tourists. You never know who may want to come to your home town.

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By: julie http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-416970 julie Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:08:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-416970 I had a wonderful pastor 20 years ago who was “retired” (he couldn’t stop serving, just didn’t get paid!) but he and his wife did this home swap for several months at a time; one year in Hawaii, and one year, 1996, in London. They were able to travel and do what they love, and open their home to others.

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By: Roxanne http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-416958 Roxanne Wed, 05 Dec 2012 02:39:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-416958 I’ve never done it, but hope to. My home isn’t very big though but my family is.. It’s on my bucket list — kinda. Loved that movie The Holiday.

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By: ClumberKim http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-416957 ClumberKim Wed, 05 Dec 2012 02:39:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-416957 I would love to do a house swap with someone in England. Who wants to come to Pittsburgh for the 2014-15 school year?

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By: erin http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-416744 erin Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:38:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-416744 I’ve been using Airbnb for over 2 years now and have been pretty happy with it. A tip to lower the ick factor- get separate linens, pillows, and towels that are only used by your guests. And a mattress cover!

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By: Giulia http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-416548 Giulia Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:45:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-416548 oh. house swapping is the best thing we’ve ever done as a family. some reasons:
- nothing makes you feel cooler than walking around venice with grocery bags full of toilet paper in your comfy (well, THEIR comfy) rain boots when all the tourists are getting wet.
- especially with kids, if you want to go to a museum one afternoon or go to a concert one night, you can leave them home playing with the other family’s toys (they’ll love it).
- they might recommend you to read some of their books about the city. They’ll give you maps. And they’ll probably leave you some yummy local ingredients, like yummy cheese or maple syrup, so you can cook a special dinner one night.
- they tell you the local’s secrets and put you in contact with a few of their friends in case you need help or advice.
- you make so many friends. we were once invited to a neighbors’ party and, with the families we swapped with, we are still really good friends.
really. do it.

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By: Jess http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/apartment-swapping/comment-page-1/#comment-416512 Jess Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:37:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27625#comment-416512 This time of year always makes me think of home swaps because of the ‘The Holiday’ film (you can have the one with the red door, as long as I get the one next door to Jude Law!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holiday

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