About Us

Imagine a life where you have the freedom to live and work from any corner of the world, for as long as you want, without the burden of accommodation expenses weighing you down? On top of that, picture yourself being able to work efficiently and comfortably, just like you do in your own home office.

That is something we have always wanted. But, unable to find a solution that offered this dream lifestyle, we started Swapoffi - a home exchange community for remote workers. And this is our story.

Our Story

Swapoffi co-founder Sandra, driven by her passion for travel and the flexibility of being a remote worker, always yearned to explore more of the world. A keen scuba diver and an experienced traveller, Sandra often found the cost of accommodation to be a barrier to her dream life of working and travelling on the road. So, a vision and dream was born - to build a community of people like us - remote workers who like to travel. A home exchange community, where remote workers could swap homes with each other and never have to pay for accommodation again.

But, unlike other home and flat exchange communities, we wanted to ensure that every Swapoffi home would offer dedicated office space, wifi and work-from-home amenities, making it possible for our members to work while travelling.

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Evolution of Home and Flat Exchange

Home exchanges first started in the 1950s. Traditional home exchange platforms target families who travel for vacations and need bedrooms.

  • In 2008, Airbnb has normalised staying in other peoples' homes, although its success has had negative impacts for locals in many cities.
  • Since 2010, and thanks to low-cost airfares, the homestay market has grown significantly. This has brought new niches for pet-sitting and house-sitting.
  • COVID brought many changes to the world, most particularly remote work and a pent-up demand for travel. Remote work is not just a new way to work or a new way to travel. It's a new way to live.
  • Today, there are 35 million digital nomads in the world. These are mainly high-earning knowledge workers, between 25 and 45 years old, and who travel as a lifestyle.
  • 66 countries have introduced digital nomad visas to entice these high earners to temporarily work and live in their countries.

Swapoffi Milestones

Summer 2021

We conducted one-to-one in-depth interviews with digital nomads across Europe to gauge their opinions of home swapping. This was on top of extensive desk research looking at market trends, market sizing, competitors and opportunities. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive!

2022

We tried home exchanges ourselves to experience the end-to-end customer experience. We had our own ideas on what we needed as remote workers. This allowed us to map out the Swapoffi customer experience, processes and infrastructures. We also invested in professional branding and started our tech build.

Q4 2022

A very successful 8-week soft launch on social media spurred us on to continue working on Swapoffi.

Q1 2023

The tech build continued with new and improved features. We acquired our first members (thank-you!) and increased our activity on social media.

June 2023

For the very first time, we revealed fully verified homes for browsing in 25 countries across 4 continents. Everyone can see Swapoffi homes but only verified members can request swaps.

July 2023

We applied and were accepted on the NDRC Pre-Accelerator programme in Dog Patch Labs in Dublin.

August 2023

Members’ first swaps take place. We are so pleased to have received 5* ratings and fantastic testimonials.

October 2023

Swapoffi was one of only 10 start-ups selected to pitch in front of an audience and judging panel from the travel industry for ‘Travel Start-Up of the Year’ in London, hosted by Travolution.

November 2023

Swapoffi was selected to pitch at the Start-Up Showcase at Europe's largest tech event, Web Summit in Lisbon.

February 2024

Swapoffi was selected for Rising Up Accelerator Programme, Spain 2024.

Next?

Meet us at Nomad Fest in Bansko Bulgaria in June 2024 and The Nomad World in Albufeira in September 2024.

Help us change the world of accommodation for digital nomads and remote workers by joining Swapoffi.

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