Woman travels all over Europe by exchanging her home with strangers

Chisara pictured with her dog traveling

Her dog Sensi also comes with her (Photo: Chisara Nwabara / Mercury Press)

A woman has traveled across Europe by exchanging her home with complete strangers.

Chisara Nwabara, 35, from north London and her dog friend, Sensi, have saved over £ 5,000 on accommodation by staying in someone else’s home.

Not only has she managed to travel to many parts of the UK, but she has also explored much of Europe, including Portugal, France, Hungary, Germany and Spain.

For the past three years, the product management director has flown off to ten different cities while strangers stay in her one-bed apartment.

“I just see it like I have a friend who lives with me while I’m not there,” she explains.

‘I would like to share my home because there is a certain spirit in sharing what you have – I would rather do it this way than just provide a service.

‘People who stay with me treat it with a different degree of respect because they are also part of the same home exchange community.

Chisara and Sensi at the Sacre Coeur Paris

Chisara and Sensi at the Sacre Coeur Paris (Photo: Mercury Press & Media)

‘I hate wasting money and I will never spend it if I do not have to.

‘By swapping houses, I can literally travel for peanuts – I save thousands considering the size of the properties I live in.’

Chisara lets other people come into her home to take care of her dog and says she never worries about leaving him with strangers.

“I do not want him to just trust me,” she adds. ‘He loves other people, and being around new faces is good for his separation anxiety.’

‘I also use the Trusted House Sitters site, which gives me reviews, and I first have a mini-interview with potential sitters over the phone.

Chisara and Sensi travel

Chisara and Sensi travel (Photo: Mercury Press & Media)

“Most people in this community are animal lovers and have some experience caring for dogs anyway, but I trust my ability to judge grades.”

By saving on accommodation, Chisara has been able to explore some of Europe’s best cities, just as the locals wanted.

‘A lot of the homes are located away from the inner city, so I get a lot more peace and quiet,’ she explains.

‘One of the best things about traveling is this way that you get to explore places you normally would not and you get to experience the city like a local would.

‘One trip we may be in an apartment in Berlin or Barcelona, ​​the next we are in the Cotswold, or on the grounds of a French castle.

Sensi at the gates of the castle

Sensi at the castle gates (Photo: Mercury Press & Media)

‘I’ve saved so much by using home caregivers. Hiring a professional caregiver to live with a reactive dog like mine would cost me £ 50-100 a day.

‘Next month we’re going to Copenhagen – Sensi loves to go on adventures and see new things with me.’

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