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Doing a home exchange to cut your travel costs can be even easier with the help of the free Host & Care online community.
Pennington, New Jersey - April 4, 2009 - Personal travel plans in 2008 decreased by 10% due to the high costs of gas and the recession. The weakened dollar over the last few years has made traveling to Europe and other international destinations very expensive for U. S. residents. In the summer of 2008, a large number of Americans had to settle for "stay-cations" where they spent their time off at home instead of enjoying the rest of the world. This summer a revolutionary new web site can help families all over the country enjoy the vacation they want at a price they can afford.
Because one of the most expensive parts of any vacation is the hotel costs, having free access to accommodations would make the trip easily more affordable. And that's why Host & Care has created a unique online community that facilitates home exchanges.
A home exchange involves swapping homes for a trip. Let's say one family has a home in Los Angeles, but they want to visit Orlando. Through the web site, the L.A. family can agree to exchange homes with the Orlando family for the duration of their trip. Neither family has to pay for a hotel room, plus they can save money by being able to cook some foods at home. Each family also saves money because pet boarding or other home caretaking expenses, such as hiring someone to check on the house or water the plants, is no longer necessary.
Of course, both families can exchange photos and video footage of their homes via the Web 2.0 features of the community. Host & Care also offers low-cost background and reference checks which can be used to provide both parties with extra peace of mind regarding who will be staying in their homes at this time. Chat features also allow both parties to discuss their arrangement in full, including any restrictions on the deal, such as no alcohol consumption in the home.
Even families not interested in a home exchange but looking to stay with a family in the destination city can find members willing to open their home for free in exchange for other services, such as child care or tutoring.
About Host & Care
Host & Care was founded by Lidia Nash, a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and CPA, in 2008. The company was designed as a free online community that assists in connecting people in need of services with those in need of accommodations. The overreaching mission of the company, according to Nash, is to help people improve their lives. The community is open to people from all over the globe.
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