One investment that many families have made is that of investing in a holiday home. Sometimes these properties have been handed down from parents, other times couples have saved up and invested in a modest home away from home themselves. This option can be especially saving for families who love to travel with their children. While the initial investment into purchasing a holiday home can be expensive, it usually works out much less expensive than taking a yearly holiday and staying in hotels where rates are quite a bit higher during the busy holiday season.Unfortunately, no holiday location is ideal and everyone likes a little variety sometimes, even in their holiday planning. Even though you may love the idyllic spot where your holiday house is located there may be times when you would like a change; perhaps to see another part of the country or to travel abroad. One option is to book an alternate holiday, pay for airfares or transportation costs and hotel accommodation. If you already own a holiday cottage but you would like to travel to a different location this year there is a easy solution that will not cost you a lot of extra money; you can initiate the holiday home swap.These are becoming more and more popular today, especially now that it is so easy to contact others and communicate online, even if those you are in communication with live half way across the world. There are also a few online sites that are dedicated to helping a cottage owner’s, work out a holiday swap with other owners. In general, these sites will have a forum whereby you can advertise your home and look at what others are offering as a swap. If you see something you think may work for you and your family, you are then responsible to get in touch with the other people directly to work something out.The details are left entirely up to you and those you are negotiating. The swap does not have to be equal, for example, owners of a three-bedroom cottage swap with owners of a three-bedroom cottage. The main thing is that you work out the details and are happy with the conclusion. Most holiday homes are set up with all that is needed, including kitchen equipment, furniture and sometimes even bedding and linen.The idea is simply that you pack your bags, but rather than heading off to your regular holiday spot you travel to another city or country and move into someone else’s cottage for your holiday. They will reciprocate. The exchange does not have to be at the exact same time either, though it can be if you want. As you can see, this can be a great way to vary your holiday location without having to spend a lot of extra money to do so.