We get it; time is a limited commodity. The clock keeps ticking and all of a sudden your last Exchange feels like it was forever ago. That might be because it was. Project: Time Off (an organization devoted to documenting the number of vacation days taken in the United States) has found that a staggering number of people are opting out of holidays…and it’s bad for employers and employees alike! Don’t let yourself be one of those overworked folks who add one more thing to their to-do list. Here are our tips to break out of your routine and take a long weekend to get away.

Search for a last minute exchange

Tip 1: Timing is everything

Like with good comedy, the adage “timing is everything” is apt for home exchangers. The earlier you start planning and sending exchange requests, the more options you will find. You might want to consider a mid-week vacation to take advantage off-time visits. Along the lines of planning, Project: Time Off reports that 52% of planners use their time off compared to the 40% of non-planners. So start planning now!

Tip 2: Use filters to find a last minute exchange

Look for GuestPoints exchange

Use the search filters to narrow your research down to members that have updated their calendar and could be willing to host with GuestPoints. (GuestPoints exchange are easier to finalize than reciprocal)

Tip 3: Second homes are a great option especially mid-week

Tick the filter second home

As long as we are talking about filters, why not make use of the Second Home option. Many HomeExchange Members list their second home, and because this does not need to be a simultaneous exchange, you are much more likely to get what you want when you want it with GuestPoints.

Tip 4: Flexibility is your friend

Before you lock yourself into a time-off request, book a flight, or tell your friends you will be unavailable, take the time to work with your possible Exchange Partner. If you wanted to make an exchange in April, but you found an ideal Exchange Partner who is only available in May, it might be worth the wait.

Tip 5: Aim for comfort and convenience over luxury and exotic.

You’ve been dreaming of a romantic retreat at some remote alpine village or napping on the porch of a waterfront villa in Bali; a Short Term Exchange is probably less than ideal. Look for places that you can go relatively quickly, so you don’t waste your time off just getting there. Unless of course you are looking to create an epic road trip. When you get to your Exchange, conveniences such as a nearby grocery store or a good selection of restaurants will let you maximize your vacation.

There you have it; our short list of tips to find your next Short Term getaway! Enjoy your vacation!

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