More on Love Home Swap

May 20, 2013
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The best way to understand how a home exchange website works is to use it to find a trade. I had this opportunity with Love Home Swap. As mentioned in a previous review, this is a well-supported and financed business. The graphic look is reminiscent of Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. Most of the tools [...]

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Hospitality Exchange—the luxurious and old fashioned alternative to couch surfing

May 1, 2013
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Home Exchange was invented in the 1950’s by visionary idealists that wanted to explore and experience other countries and cultures on the cheap and in comfort. Swapping homes was the solution but they had another good idea. You could offer to host visitors at your home and they would reciprocate and host you in the [...]

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Californians find their home exchange in England

April 22, 2013
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In a previous post I talked about our family looking for a house exchange in England. This was challenging for several reasons: 1) The location had to be within two hours of my wife’s relatives. 2) Dates were fixed—we had booked our airline tickets. 3) Only six months lead time. This seems sufficient but trans-Atlantic [...]

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Love Home Swap

April 8, 2013
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A recent e-mail announced that I was now a member of Love Home Swap, which I had never heard of before. They acquired 1st Home Exchange where I had been listed. Turns out they have over 35,000 members, which makes them one of the largest home swap websites. Their graphics and photos are so glamorous [...]

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Party like the French in Brittany

March 26, 2013
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A house swap is a fun way to experience another culture. We will be spending three weeks in Brittany in July and August 2013 on a home exchange vacation and are amazed at the many festivals and special events. Your exchange partners can alert you to the possibilities and buy tickets in advance. They may [...]

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Searching for England

March 10, 2013
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Every year we visit my wife’s parents in England. We have never managed to find a home exchange near them, so we end up staying in a rented cottage. Since saving money is a priority and I claim to be a house swap expert we decided to try to find an exchange near the relatives. [...]

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Weather and Home Exchange

February 24, 2013
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You should always carefully consider climatic conditions before agreeing to a house swap. Think about the following: What are likely and possible weather scenarios? Will you enjoy your vacation if the weather is normal? Given your vacation style and activities, are there any unusual conditions that will ruin your vacation? Is the home and car [...]

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Exploring History with Home Exchange

February 16, 2013
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A house swap holiday is ideal for discovering history in a relaxed way. As an American I have often heard the word Carnegie, usually in the following context: Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Library, and the Carnegie Foundation. I was clueless about Andrew Carnegie until we exchanged homes a few minutes from his birthplace in Dunfermline, [...]

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New Home Exchange

January 16, 2013
Thumbnail image for New Home Exchange is based in New York City. The site is lovely and well presented. There is a blog with travel information and basics on home exchange. The owners are friendly and supportive. This website focuses on ease of use and simplicity. The listing format and search tools are basic. There is an in-house messaging system [...]

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The Gift of Home Exchange

December 27, 2012
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The year-end holidays are a time to reflect on life.  Those in the home exchange community tend to be affluent, confident, and comfortable.  We have much to be grateful for.   My family’s house swap experiences continue to stimulate, educate, and delight us.  The home exchange world evolves in a positive way—there are new swap websites [...]

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