I seriously think this is the coolest idea ever. I've seen it in the movies but I didn't know people actually did this in real life. (It's that whole living under a rock thing.) A family with four children from Phoenix, AZ is currently living in southern France for a year via a home swap. You can read more about it here or the family's blog, here. I think a year might be a little tricky, especially with kids who are in school and also for employment reasons (minor details), BUT if you took the time to figure all that out, it would be such an amazing experience. The only problem I could see myself running into is finding a family to swap with. Ideally it would be a family with a gorgeous home in superbly cool, exotic place with a strong desire to live in my little house in the suburban Midwest. Hmmm... Yeah...That might not work. If you're interested in home swapping find out more about it here: HomeForSwap and HomeExchange.
(Photos via HomeExchange.com: French Riviera and Natal, Brazil.)