Why is this thing I do such a secret? Why do more people not know about it? Why do some who do know about it, resist taking the plunge and doing it?
It is FREE. Some call it wicked, but it is not! Some of my adventures have been labelled hilarious. This is the best thing I have found in years.
It certainly enhances my lifestyle by at least 900 percent.
It is decadent. It is life – changing. It has brought me many, many new friends. Not just acquaintances, but new friends.
It is exciting. I loooooove it and spend many months now each year doing it. I travel the world in luxury staying in beautiful villas sometimes which have their personal swimming pools and tennis courts. Usually they have magnificent views. I have free access to sporting equipment such as boats and bicycles when I travel and frequently also am given the free use of a car.
I am Ainslie and I call Australia home. I was born, educated and began my professional life in Scotland, and after working in Pacific Islands for six years, I settled in Australia in 1992, and have called Australia home since then.
At the moment I am in the middle of a four month European trip. I am presently staying in a cute, white villa with blue shutters and doors on a hill overlooking the Agean Sea on the Greek island of Syros. I have been living here for three weeks now, meandering through the sleepy single lane roads, stopping for thick Greek coffee at local tavernas, and sometimes taking local ferries and Greek island hopping. I love spending late afternoons in the sunshine of the garden where I eat local olives and cheeses and drink local wine. Last month I was staying in a villa in Bodrum in Turkey which had a private gym and swimming pool and views to die for.
Let me tell you about how I discovered how to stay in these wonderful houses (for free) in my 50s and intend to keep doing it for many years yet.
I am 60 years old, well educated and for many years ran a thriving international management consultancy business. I travelled extensively for work and always wanted to spend more time in some of the places I visited but never had the time, and it was extra expense to pay the bills in those top hotels for I will not stay in cattle class! Luxury is for me. I wanted to semi retire and decided to research how I could continue to travel the world and stay in luxury without breaking the bank and spending all of my retirement funds in a couple of years. There were so many places in the world I really wanted to spend quality time in, and so many places I wanted to see at my leisure.
The answer came to me much faster than I believed it could. I met Michael and he introduced me to the world of Home Exchange. What a revelation. When he told me about it I did not believe that it was so simple and easy and safe. I expected there to be small print clauses hidden at the bottom of pages. But there are not. I want to share this with everyone and introduce you to the world of home exchanging. I want to introduce you to my travel lifestyle and to some my travel adventures too. For, believe me, I do have some adventures.
It is not renting, it is not “airbnb” or” stayz” or any cheap holiday packages. It is totally free with absolutely no money changing hands. I simply exchange my home for other people’s homes all over the world.
My friends and relatives asked me so many questions about the “how to’s” of how I live this lifestyle, that I wrote a book which explains in very practical terms how to do it. In conversation many cannot believe that there is not a catch to how I live in such luxury of FOR FREE. There is not. The book is now available in Kindle form on Amazon. It is called Luxury Globetrotting on a Staycation Budget. It has pages and pages of FAQs which people tell me have been very helpful. However, I am not here to push my book, I am here to introduce myself and let you know that I will l be a regular blogger here. I initially found it amusing to labelled as a “home exchange expert” by various media and find it interesting how my label has changed from “Business Guru” to “Home Exchange Expert”. However, it finally dawned on me that in fact, I AM now a home exchange expert. I have exchanged homes across many continents and had fun and made great friends in doing so. I never thought I would be making so many new good friends at this stage of life.
I look forward to telling you more about this present European trip, about home exchanging in general, and sharing some of my amusing travel adventures in coming blogs.
Bye from Greece, Ainslie