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2015-12-30 11:39:47 Post No. 1064222
Post No. 1064222
I've been wondering about something for a while and I decided to come here with my thoughts. I've met tons of wonderful people while traveling and I still keep in touch with many of them today. They've offered to host me if I ever came to visit their city and I've offered the same in return. The problem is that most of these people aren't really in places I'm currently interested in visiting. So that got me thinking..
Does anyone know of a service where you can exchange vacations? For example, I'd like to stay with a local of a foreign place that would like to host me, show me around, teach me the local traditions and customs, introduce me to the local foods, and act as a tour guide and security. But that's not all. Instead of paying for the services you receive, you would in return host them and do the same.
So let's say that I visited someone in Brazil for a week or two. That person would host me and show me around and when it is time for me to go back home the Brazilian would return with me to my home. I would then host them and show them around my home country just as they did to me in Brazil.
I see this idea working quite well in areas that aren't as easy to travel to such countries with higher than normal violence, expensive accomodation, difficult to travel, or extreme language barriers. You can save tons of money on food, housing, transportation, and tour guides.
So if no such service already exists I would like to start something here on /trv/.