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HomeExchange.com Members have spoken. Here are 5 of the most popular second homes as determined by the number of views.

These 5 homes are spread across the globe, and they are just a small sample of the over 10,000 second home Listings on HomeExchange.com.

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When you’re visiting a new town or country, it can be difficult to figure out the best places to visit, eat, and experience. See how one experienced traveler, Dawn Paulinski, reaches out to home exchangers and helps to give them the best local experience. It’s an innovative approach to sharing the love of where you live with other home exchange partners as well as opening doors to future home exchanges, and it’s simple to get started. Read More

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Open up your second home for exchange possibilities, and you could be surprised where you’ll be traveling next. Be it a vacation home or weekend getaway cottage, you’ll have more opportunities and flexibility in exchanges. As Nina discovered, by including her cottage by the lake, they were able to take advantage of more exchange opportunities that lead to new adventures.

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My family joined HomeExchange.com in February 2011, a decision that has completely changed our holidays and also otherwise had a huge impact on our lives. What used to be one or two short European holidays a year has become six to eight weeks of interesting stays abroad every year – both in Europe and overseas. The first swaps were traditional simultaneous exchanges of primary homes and we were really satisfied with our experiences. Then the following year we got a request from Spain where the Catalonian family offered their vacation home in a beach town as the proposed exchange would take place in October and because of school their teenage children would not be able to travel so their home in Girona was not available. They could, however, include cars in the exchange. We agreed and had a beautiful autumn week exploring the Costa Brava area. We did have some doubts about the size and equipment of the house, but since we are only three it really was big enough for us (and there was less to clean in the end!) and we had everything we needed. Our wonderful exchange partners even arranged a laptop with internet connection for us as there was no wi-fi  in the weekend home. Read More

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Amanda recently moved to an apartment in Long Beach, California and needed a way to celebrate her 30th birthday. Her budget was limited, and it was an important birthday to celebrate. As soon as she learned about HomeExchange, Amanda started making plans.

paris-homeexchange-amanda-3I was at the Travel and Adventure Show in Long Beach on February 2014 when I met Keghan Hurst at the Home Exchange booth. Something about the minimalist booth with iPads caught my eye. Keghan was so friendly and explained to me and my sister the concept of a network of people who exchange their homes when they travel. I immediately thought The Holiday! Keghan said that was the magic word and gave us the DVD. (I love that movie!) She also had us sign up for a free trial membership. This got my wheels turning. You see, April 2014 was going to be my big 30th birthday, and I had no plans yet.

I’m a travel junkie and had returned from a year traveling abroad only 16 months prior. I had just settled into a new job and apartment in Long Beach with little to no money saved for traveling. However, with my big birthday coming up, airline miles accumulated, and this new concept of a home exchange, I began planning! Read More

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How Second Homes Expand Your Home Exchange Options

Whether you happen to own a second home or not, there is good news for those of you thinking about joining or renewing your HomeExchange.com membership.

Second homes constitute a growing category in home swapping: Since 2013 alone, HomeExchange.com’s global listings of second homes (or vacation homes) has ticked from 16% to 21% and shows signs of continuing to increase. In one of the most popular destinations, France, 3 million second homes represent nearly 10% of the country’s total housing stock.

Why is this such good news? Let us count the reasons. First, for everyone:
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There are plenty of ways to enjoy local and authentic cuisine while traveling, and we have two more ways to eat local, support the community and get to know the farmers and producers. The best part is these services can also be used when you’re at home. It’s all about Collaborative Consumption (#collcons), and to better understand this movement, two of our Home Exchange team members tried FoodAssembly and EatWith.


 

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Picture yourself here: white sand beaches, clear skies, sapphire blue waters, and lush green trees… with your favorite drink in hand. Can you see it? Does the thought of getting away from work or school and relaxing in a tropical paradise appeal to you?

HomeExchange.com helps bring these dream destinations to reality with thousands of listings in exotic locales spread across the globe, many of which are Members’ second homes. In fact, there are over 10,000 second homes on the site, making exchanges even easier to arrange. There is more flexibility with scheduling and availability when one or both exchange partners have a second home.

Here are 5 beautiful destinations where you can experience tropical paradise as a local would. What are you waiting for?
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The #1 home exchange site on the internet just keeps getting better.

Mobile Friendly Home Page

It started with our homepage. A responsive page that looked as good on a mobile device as on a desktop.

From there it was only a matter of time before we made the rest of the site mobile worthy. Now you can search, browse, and contact other Members wherever you are…and for a community that’s based on travel, that’s a very good thing!



In the coming months, we will be refining the mobile experience to make it even more “thumb-friendly” and encourage you to send any feedback you may have to: product@homeexchange.com.