Halloween is becoming more and more popular all around the world. No doubt this is, in part, because there’s something fascinating about death and dying. How else can you explain the enduring love of horror movies? Many of us want to know what really happens after we pass through this life!

Not surprisingly, many cultures around the world have created unique ways to honor deceased family and friends, along with traditions designed to keep evil spirits at bay. Some are joyful and colorful festivals, while others are more about… zombies!

Here is our list of where you should celebrate Halloween at least once in your life. Read More


Some time ago we published the recipe for the world’s best Home Exchange. Now, thanks to Babara (food blogger and HomeExchanger) we are discovering the best recipe for perfect travel!

I have two big passions: food & travel.

The great thing about them is that you can combine the two, so I will use them together today to offer you my best recipe for perfect travel.

Complementary and Deeply Personal

I never meant for my two passions to “walk” side by side. They were just things I really liked in my life. Only lately have I discovered that they are complementary. At least that’s the way I look at them.

Food has always been part of who I am. Being Italian, I find it easy. We love food. It’s like a cult for us. In my family, we have recipes my grandmother got from her mother, recipes that I still cook and look forward to passing on to my children and grandchildren. It is not unusual for me to call my mother (or my father, as he is also an excellent cook!) to ask how grandma used to prepare particular dish. Read More


Andrés, Ingrid and their three kids, aka El Vuelo de Apis, have embarked on a trip of a lifetime: a year-long family tour around South America. And they’re taking part in 60 home exchanges along the way.

Andrés and Ingrid are teachers from Seville, Spain, parents of three cheerful daughters, and entrepreneurs ready to make the world a better place. They have developed an educational, independent and collaborative project in South America that is also a flexible family trip via HomeExchange. Read More


Did you know Cape Town is the Gourmet Centre of Africa? Meet Carrie -foodie, travel writer and HomeExchanger- who went to Cape Town on holiday from London 21 years ago and never left! Here are some of her best culinary discoveries made in Cape Town.

Cape Town has that effect on people because, some say, the force of energy emanating from Table Mountain mesmerises you, and you can’t leave. It worked on me! I’ve been so captivated by Cape Town and southern Africa safari that I’ve barely written about anywhere else since I got here.

Something I’ve noticed most over the years is how food has changed in South Africa. When I arrived the shops sold rubbery yellow cheese or nothing and there were no deli products or specialist offerings or little bakeries. Food shopping was downright boring. Read More


Two years ago, we ranked the top 10 ski destinations according to the ski magazines. But over the months, you have written in with your favorites! Here then is a new top 10… of your favorites!

Jackson Hole Ski Resort – Wyoming, USA

For epic skiing and an authentic mountain town experience, it’s hard to beat Jackson Hole. Ready to test your skills on the steep and deep? Try Corbet’s Couloir, called America’s scariest ski slope, with a 20-foot free fall to enter the chute. If that’s not your cup of tea, though, fear not. There are 1,250 acres of beginner and intermediate slopes, more terrain than many smaller mountains’ total offerings.

The resort is just 12 miles from the town of Jackson, where the Wild West and the 21st century meet. Rub elbows with local cowboys and celebrities alike at the aptly named ‘The Local.’ Read More


A lot has changed in the fast-paced world of ski resorts since we published our list of Top 10 Ski Destinations a couple of years back. Since then, we have enjoyed reviewing your comments and suggestions, and with the snow clouds of the new winter season looming large on the horizon, there’s no better time to revisit our Top 10… based on your picks!

Val d’Isere, France

There’s a reason why Val d’Isere, at 1,850 meters, continues to be the top choice of British skiers each winter. It offers the perfect blend of challenging ski terrain for advanced skiers and learner-friendly beginners zones for those new to the snow. The resort center is lined with high-end shops, lively après-ski bars and fantastic restaurants, all housed within beautiful, stone-clad buildings.
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October is a time for beer festing! In days long past, the harvests would be complete or nearing completion and worn out boots would jump at the chance to kick up some dance dust. There’d be plenty of joyful imbibing too, including artisanal yeast-fermented grain drinks (aka beer!).

Most of us no longer worry about stocking our cupboards for long hard winters, but there’s no escaping how much we love any autumn excuse to bask in a good brew.

Here are 11 of our favorite brewtopias (in alphabetical order), especially when it comes to craft beer. Of course, we never wait for October to quaff, but there’s something especially right about enjoying them as crisp autumn weather arrives.

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Visitors to Seljalandsfoss can walk behind the waterfall.

Photo by Marcus R. Donner © 2016

By Peg Cheng and Marcus Donner, HomeExchangers

Our dream came true this summer when we had the chance to spend three whole weeks in Iceland. Through the awesomeness that is HomeExchange, we swapped our townhouse and car in Seattle, Washington for Pétur and Ólöf’s apartment and truck in Reykjavík, Iceland, cutting our travel expenses by more than half. Not paying for housing or a car allowed us to stay for almost a month, which was plenty of time to absorb all that this magical island had to offer.

Here are ten things that we will always remember and cherish about Iceland. Read More