First we had to figure out where to go. I had noticed the cheap direct flights on
I also wanted to figure out the best way to save on our housing since a hotel can get expensive for a month. My friend does home swaps all the time so she explained the whole process to me and I decided to
We are planning on taking a real vacation for 7-10 days in a different part of Europe and then the rest of the time we will be working remotely and keep business hours at the home in Norway. When you are in Europe but still working US work hours it is actually a really nice schedule. You wake up and spend the day doing whatever you want (sight-seeing, hiking, etc) then, about 4pm everyone in the US comes online. So you work from 4pm-12pm to be available for emails etc., then go to sleep. It’s a pretty great schedule for hanging out with family.
Friends ask if we feel weird having people staying in our home. The nice thing is we’ve exchanged a lot of emails with the family and have even been following each other on Instagram so you get to know people a little before you actually swap homes. Also, we have friends and neighbors that can check in while we are gone so it doesn’t feel so anonymous.
Would you ever do a house swap? I’d love to hear about your experience if you’ve done it before. Also, we are in the throes of vacation planning. Do you have any must-sees or must-do’s in Norway? We are going to be staying in the north in Alesund but plan on renting a car and getting around the country a bit including doing some hiking and camping.