Home from home
Popular in the past, house swapping is a budgetfriendly way of seeing the world with a family.
Families who enjoy this option say it’s a great way of seeing real life in a country, where you may even meet up with the neighbours and friends of the family and forge lasting friendships. Signing up to a company costs about €50 for a year, and connects you with homeowners around the world who want to visit Ireland. Big sites include www.homeexchange.com and www.homeforexchange.com. You may be able to bring your dog, or even exchange cars as well.
Camping and mobile homes were popular in the Eighties and with cheap fl ights to more and more European destinations, including Italy, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland and France, this make it a great budget option.
Nowadays campsites include extras such as swimming pools, waterparks, kids clubs and BMX biking or even movie making. Prices can start from around €350 for a week in a tent but can rise to over €1,000 at high season per family. See www.canvasholidays.ie for ideas or the Europe-wide www.campingeurope.com for links to country campsites.