Home Base Holidays is advising visitors planning to come to Britain for the London 2012 Games, and who don’t want to pay for accommodation, to start holiday planning soon.
The company has been helping organise home exchange holidays since 1985, and says it can take six to 12 months to arrange an international home swap, especially when visitors are planning to travel for a major event. Home Base offers home exchanges in Britain and worldwide, and has a wide range of accommodation in London including luxury houses, city apartments and a houseboat on the Thames.
Home exchange works on mutual trust. By staying in a private home visitors have the chance to experience a local neighbourhood, often with a ready-made social network of neighbours on hand. ‘Children Welcome’ homes are flagged up on the website.
Anyone can view the Home Base website to see the homes offering holiday swaps. A membership fee is payable to access contact information about the homes. Members make their own arrangements between themselves. Membership costs £29 for one year, £39 for two years.