The new way Queenslanders are saving on holidays

Getting away during the festive season can put a big dent in your budget, but these Queenslanders are transforming the way they take a vacation

Getting away in the festive season can put a big dent in your Summer budget, but there are now some Queenslanders who are taking matters into their own hands and finding ways to holiday without hurting their hip-pocket.

Sites like Aussie House Swap and House Swap Holidays are helping hundreds of south-east Queenslanders switch home for the ultimate cheap holiday, with no airfares needed.

The house locations include the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hinterlands, suburban homes, and even inner city apartments. Pools, bikes, toy and even cars are known to have been included.

Queensland resident Kim Hastings has previously swapped homes, and told Nine News she was happy with the arrangement.

“They looked after our dog, we looked after their house, they looked after our house, we swapped cars and it was just a really great arrangement, we had a wonderful holiday and it was all free accommodation,” Hastings said.

Nine consumer expert Dr Gary Mortimer said the share economy is growing.

“Just like Uber and AirBnB has kicked off, we’re also seeing this growth in house swapping,” Mortimer told Nine News. And like the AirBnB system where people give recommendations and endorse people who stay in their homes, it’s the same system online as well so it’s kind of self-regulating in that way.”

As with everything, some simple safety precautions are recommended. You should go through an established website to protect your personal details. Expect to pay a registration fee to use one of these websites. Always negotiate directly to get to know the person you are swapping with, and check their reviews and references.

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