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How to Spend Your Vacation in Some of the World's Most Fabulous Private Homes

Think of this as an upgrade to your AirBnB.
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Ever wonder what it’s like to jet off to your own vacation home in Fiji? Or retreat to a private three-bedroom cabin in Aspen? Or perhaps live along the beaches of Costa Rica, where you can watch the sea turtles nest close by?

Just like everything else these days, there’s now a service to sate that curiosity. Premium home-swapping service Third Home enables homeowners to exchange their second (or third) homes for time at someone else’s luxury abode. Think of it as living out the 2006 film The Holiday in real life. But better.

With over 10,000 property listings and counting, Third Home reintroduces a trendy way to book accommodations at some of the most spectacular private homes in the world.

Initially, only members with homes of their own could enlist for the home trade-in. Recently, however, the company introduced a new service that no longer requires its members to put their own homes on the rental list. This new feature means that now, almost anybody can rent a luxury home, as long as one can pay for it, from a portfolio of properties that averages £1.7 million in value. The properties aren't limited to houses. There are villas, private islands, castles, and chalets to choose from.

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Take a look at some of the choice listings below:

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Those interested in listing their homes with Third Home may apply for membership and pay out an initial fee of $2,500. The minimum criteria for a house to be accepted is that is must be in a prime location, decked with quality furnishings, and have amenities available for potential guests. These homes are rated with “Keys,” which are the equivalent of hotel stars in this case. The more Keys a home collects, the more credits its owner earns. Each home exchange starts at $395 to $995 and is also based on the number of Keys you use in the transactions.

To learn more, visit exchange.thirdhome.com.

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