What’s even better than going on holiday and living like a local? Going on holiday and living like a LUXURY LOCAL!
Our apartment in Barcelona was stunning – and here’s exactly how you could stay here yourself for a whole lot less money than your average hotel.
ENTER STAGE LEFT: Love Home Swap!
This is the second time we’ve used Love Home Swap (remember that insane New York apartment with the Emmy Award? Yeah, that one was one of them too) so to say we’re impressed is a total understatement. I really love how not only the quality of homes on the site are proper BANGIN’, but also that there’s nice ‘community vibes’ – because no one’s there to make money out of you. Everyone’s just after the same thing – somewhere nice to stay.
In this video, I’ll break down how we found this particular apartment and how we used Love Home Swap’s clever ‘points swap’ feature to stay. We also go to our friends’ incredible Barcelona wedding, get a chronic hangover (standard) and properly explore the neighbourhood of Eixample.
So yes, yes, I went on loads of holidays last year however, I realised today that I’ve actually yet to post all of them, along with their costs, in one easy-to-find place.
Remember the rules?
I had £1709 (half the price the average Brit spends in a year) to go on:
- At least 10 holidays
- Trips must be 2 nights or more and two must be 5 nights or more
- Only use 28 days of annual leave
- At least 3 continents
- At least one flight must be business class
1) Valencia, Spain
easyJet flights – £62pp
1 night – Bloc Hotel Gatwick – £32.72pp
2 nights – Hotel Balandret – £75pp
Total – £169.72pp
2) Dubai, UAE
Qantas/Emirates flights – £279.83pp
4 nights – Princess Tower Apartments (similar) – £184pp
Total – £463.83pp
3) Aarhus, Denmark
Ryanair flights – £43.33pp
2 nights – friend’s apartment – free!
Total – £43.33pp
4) Dublin, Ireland
Stena Line ferry & petrol – £14pp
2 nights – Mec Hostel, Dublin – £65pp
Total – £79pp
5) Benidorm, Spain
British Airways Business Class – £216pp
3 nights – Pierre & Vacances Benidorm Levante – £72pp
Total – £288pp
6) Margate, UK
Southeastern train – £13.30pp
2 nights – Airbnb – £25pp
Total – £38.30pp
7) Paris, France
Eurostar snap – £50pp
14 nights – Nomador catsit – free!
Total = £50pp
8) Gdańsk, Poland
Ryanair flight – £16pp
2 nights – Little Home – Prestige – £33pp
Total = £49pp
9) Timisoara, Romania
Ryanair flight – £20pp
2 nights – NH Timisoara – £35pp
Total = £55pp
10) New York & Miami, USA
British Airways return flights – £358pp
2 nights – New York apartment – £45pp
Frontier flights to Miami – £32pp
3 nights – Miami Homestay – £40pp
2 nights – Miami Airbnb – £40pp
1 night – Shelborne South Beach – £66pp
Total = £581pp
Overall total = £1817.18
Cashback = £112.73
Final total = £1704.45