By Katharina Knoll

Whenever people ask about my experience of HomeExchange.com I’m always taken back to my very first exchange…

It was my family’s first exchange, and I was meeting up with them from the concrete jungle.  But I wasn’t traveling alone.  Oh no! My furry sidekick, Matilda, never passes up on an adventure so she came along too. Read More


Be in the know before you go! Our series, “Unlocked” will help you live like a local at your next destination. Next up: Germany, courtesy of HomeExchange.com team member, Bernhard.

How to say hello:

Hallo or Guten tag

How to say goodbye:

Auf wiedersehen or Tschüss (informal)

How to say thank you:

Danke Read More


What is the purpose of your next trip? Adveture? Relaxation? Business? Family fun? Take the survey and see how you compare with your fellow Community Members.




Many of us have pets, and it can be a conundrum what to do when we go on vacation. Do you board them at a kennel/animal hostel, hire a sitter or have them stay with a friend?

Home Exchange is a great option for many pet owners. Whether you have cats, dogs or chickens, many members are searching for exchanges with furry, feathered or fishy companions. Check out a few member stories that show how pets made the vacation more enjoyable and memorable for everyone involved.

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We are looking for the most adventurous pet in the HomeExchange.com Community! Is it yours? Post a photo of your favorite furry travel companion on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and show us how they like to explore the world. Tag it with #HomeExchangePets
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These are some of the pictures some of you have already shared with us!
Keep it up!

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Have we got a top 10 list for you.

It’s one thing to enjoy the amenities of private lodging in a beautiful country of your choice. The icing on the cake comes in the form of the culture and activities available. Whether you want to schuss down some of the world’s top mountains, or prefer an afternoon in the Louvre, this ‘best of the best’ list is sure to spark your wanderlust.

Ten categories, ten prime picks each.

Ready? Let’s get going!

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What makes a city a great museum city? Variety and location.

Are you looking for the comprehensive and massive collections of The British Museum, The Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the like, or do you prefer to immerse yourself in the unique history and culture of a small museum?

Is it Greek, Roman, or Egyptian history and culture you seek? Is it the European Renaissance that speaks to your imagination, or does modern art and contemporary design call your name?

Maybe you want it all under one roof. Maybe you want to experience the past, the present — and even the future — of a city you are visiting by spending time in smaller, specialized museums.

Here is our list of 10 great museum cities, no matter what your preference:

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By Paris Permenter and John Bigley

With an increased emphasis on security, farewell wishes of “bon voyage” have been replaced by “travel safely.” Regardless of the mode of travel, today we all take extra precautions to buckle up and make the trip as safe as possible.

Sadly, though, those security measures often don’t extend to our pets. While more  people than ever now travel with Fido (or Fluffy), many do not take the same safely steps with their pets as they do with two-legged passengers. A safe dog travel study by Kurgo and AAA showed that, while nearly six in 10 people have traveled with their dog in the car at least once a month over the past year, only 16 percent were restraining their dog while in the vehicle. Read More