When I was looking for accommodations for our trip, a coworker told me about a house swap that she did with another person in France. She stayed for three weeks at this person's house and at the same time the owner vacationed here and stayed at the coworker's home. She said it worked out wonderfully and she had a great time while paying less for her stay. She told me there are sites where you can put in where you want to vacation and it will find houses in the area. Sometimes it's just someone renting out a second home and not a swap.