For the Holidays, There's No Place Like Someone Else's Home

Long popular with foreign tourists, home swapping sweeps frugal vacationing Israelis.

Vacationing in the north of Israel would normally set the Avitan family back thousands of shekels. "No matter what the destination or whether we stayed at a hotel or a zimmer, the prices are simply insane," says Yossi, a father of three from Jerusalem, using the German term adopted by Israelis for a vacation cottage or bed and breakfast. "Until now we'd always look for deals or wait until the last...