LET­TINGS OP­TIONS

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Lovely let­tings

You don’t have to own the place to live in a proper home on hol­i­day. If a hol­i­day house or time­share isn’t right for you but you still want some­thing pri­vate, au­then­tic and cheaper than a ho­tel, con­sider let­tings. Airbnb (airbnb.co.uk) is one of the big­gest va­ca­tion rental sites of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from a spare room in some­one’s house to a wind­mill, chalet, boat, log cabin, or cas­tle. Look for rentals that have four-star re­views and mes­sage the host to get a sense of what they’re like be­fore you book. Rep­utable hosts will never ask you to send money in any other way than through the web­site.

Try a home swap

A cheaper way of see­ing the world is to swap homes with some­one who lives in a place you want to stay in ex­change for them vis­it­ing your home. Try si­mul­ta­ne­ous swaps or have them stay while you’re at home. ■ The main op­er­a­tors are Homebase Hol­i­days (0203 695 1123/www. homebase-hols.com) and Homelink (0196 288 6882/www.homelink.org.uk)

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