Summer is synonymous with vacations, and with the arrival of July thousands of Sevillians are already packing their bags. With the arrival of new tourist applications, getaway lovers have more and better advantages.
Since the emergence of web platforms that allow you to schedule vacations on your own , travel agencies are being less and less in demand by these users. The hotels and apartments have also noticed the consequences of the new forms of consumption.
Faced with traditional hosting methods, new alternatives have appeared and gained weight. Airbnb, Booking or Kayak are already chosen as the first option. Due to its easy access to the web, itsfast contracting , but above all for savings , travelers choose these portals as a priority.
The trend that allows the exchange of houses is also a possibility of saving for the Sevillians. Even higher if the savings is complete. OCU (Organization of Consumers and Users) classifies this home exchange trend as the opposite path to mass tourism , which allows its users to travel in a different way and discover new places . This new trend bets on the totally free exchange. The cost is in trust.

Consensual barter
Stay with locals and meet travelers. This is how Couchsurfing is presented, the web portal that allows you to sleep for free in the home of a registered user , who selflessly offers a bed or sofa. A new alternative that undoubtedly increases personal relationships. An exchange between necessity and hospitality.
The free exchange of houses between travelers is a trend to which more Sevillians are added every day. Data from Diario de Sevilla collected last year, on the new proposal, state that thanks to this system you can save up to 58% of the total budget of a trip . The best-known home exchange portals for travelers are HomeExchange, Intervac, Exchange Homes and HomeforHome.
According to the data collected in 2018 by the exchange platforms HomeExchange and IntercambioCasas, around 1,500 Sevillian inhabitants registered on web platforms that allow free travel during that period. The majority of registered users were families with an average of two children. This is how families are, contributors to this new fashion, which is undoubtedly a help to their pockets in these summer months.

Advantages and disadvantages

The Organization of Consumers and Users considers that this new fashion supposes saving money , and the enjoyment of an entire house, instead of being confined to a hotel room. He affirms that this activity helps to create personal relationships that improve the family bond .
The drawbacks, says OCU, are security , since it is not always possible to know with certainty if the experience is going to be satisfactory. And the claims , that since they are not as standardized as they could be in hotels, the rights will start from what was agreed between the parties.

On the other side of the scale,

OCU reports that this new system is attacking companies in the tourism sector . Tourism companies have classified the home exchange technique as unfair competition. Complaints from the sector come when the use is inappropriate and there is money involved. The Consumers’ Organization reports that the Law is vague and is governed by the Autonomous Community.
The best advice to publish houses on exchange websites is to consult the City Council itself , according to data from this same source. In some cases, the process will be the same as that of professionals who have to pass controls, inspections and have claim forms.

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