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by Sandra Harris Ramini

I was sitting in front of my screen, browsing through some of the options that Home Exchange can offer.  A condo in San Paulo, an atelier in Paris, a gorgeous apartment overlooking the sea in San Diego when a second niece twice removed entered my atmosphere. “Hello Aunt, “ she said (don’t like Aunt) armchair travelling again?

Armchair travelling? Me?

“Actually,” I said pushing the ‘Yes’ button on the website. “I think we’ll try Seville for a couple of weeks. After all,” I went on, “ we don’t have to worry about school holidays and paying premium prices for air-tickets. The weather is still gorgeous in Spain, I love paella and there is a flamenco festival. Read More


What’s your plan for the Holidays? Staying home? Traveling abroad, or visiting relatives? Take the survey and see how you compare with your fellow Community Members.




Although almost half of it lies beneath sea level, The Netherlands is one of the most urbanized – and densely populated – nations on earth, with a huge range of places to visit packed into a relatively small area. To get to know it a little better, we asked our Dutch representative, Corinne, to give us the inside scoop on her home country. This is The Netherlands: Unlocked!

How to say hello in Dutch


How to say goodbye

Tot Ziens

How to say thank you


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By Paige Bradley Frost

paigeAs an American family living in Paris – with ties to both US coasts – we make it a point to visit “home” at least once a year. But it didn’t take long to realize that the cost of international airfare (especially to California) was going to put swank hotels and vacation rentals out of reach. Extended stays with family and friends weren’t always feasible. Enter the solution: Read More

Before you take a trip, ask your exchange partner a few questions about places to go, see and do. However, there are a few other questions you could pose that could help you save money on your next trip. Doing a bit of research ahead of time will set you up with a great plan of action when you start your vacation. Here are a few insider tips and questions to ask your exchange partner as well as other ideas on how to find big savings on your next trip!

1. Save on Parks and Attractions

Insider Tip: Ask your exchange partner if there are passes for parks and attractions that can be checked out by residents. For instance, in Chicago at the Chicago Public Libraries, residents can check out passes for museums and other attractions. In many cases, you can get in for free! See if your exchange partner can pick up the passes for you and you can return them while you’re visiting. Read More


Guest Post by Sydney Lagier

As I neared retirement, I entertained a dream of selling our vacation home and using the proceeds to travel all over the world.  We’d spend months at a time living in cities like London, Paris, and Sydney. We’d be urban vagabonds and explore the world after we finally ditched those pesky desk jobs that were taking up all our time.

The thing about retirement dreams is that sometimes they change after you get to retirement for real. Luckily can help with that. Read More


The popular image of 20-something back-packers traveling the world on pocket change and wanderlust alone has given way to a new reality: older or retired travelers with freedom, and disposable income, who have decided it’s time to boldly live their dreams.

Even with ample funds, however, older travelers are not careless spenders. They are smarter spenders. Vacations abroad can be stretched into longer, more satisfying stays–all with the comforts of home–as a permanent or semi-permanent lifestyle. Some of those who use to facilitate their great escapes have even discovered vacation destinations that end up becoming their new retirement destinations.

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As an American expat living in Norway for 21 years, Tanya has experienced the truth of the statement “you can’t go home again.” 11 years ago, she discovered how using could get her home to her family in her native California much more often.

1. Go back home again

During the first decade of living abroad, I found it easy to stay with friends and family whenever I got home. But as the years went by, people moved on, my family grew, and I didn’t want to impose by staying for weeks at a time. By 2003, we had three small children and wanted to spend quality time with dear ones in the States, instead of worrying about being their noisy, demanding guests. Read More