This is post
four of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Years Resolutions. I am newly
returned from spending the most amazing Thanksgiving week in the mountains of
Taos, New Mexico with my husband and our adult children. My kids think this may
have been one of the best trips we’ve ever taken. We skied, hiked, dined, and
browsed our way through galleries filled with turquoise and terracotta pottery.
At least half of our week was spent beholding the beauty of the sage brushed
landscape and mountains from our floor to ceiling windows stretched across the
back of our vacation home. This three bedroom adobe style home perched on the
edge of a reservation was available to us at no cost.
The Holiday, the
romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet who exchange their Los
Angeles and rural England homes over the Christmas holiday inspired us to join
an online site called Home Exchange.com. We were able to trade our beach place
for the mountain house in Taos at no expense to either party. While some of the
listings are second homes, the majority are primary residences. We have
successfully exchanged homes on five occasions. Rather than cramming five
people into two hotel rooms where we are forced to eat out every meal, we have
a kitchen, living room, and multiple bath and bedrooms at our
Financing a vacation may
sound like a luxury during times of economic distress like we are currently
undergoing. Carving out time from stress and schedules may not be a luxury but
rather a necessity for our psychic well being and that of our family. It may
sound glib to suggest there are alternative forms of vacationing that don’t
require taking out a second mortgage to fund it or piling in on top of
relatives in other locales. A home exchange worked for us and might for you.
Check it out at http://www.homexchange.com.