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New York, Paris, London… they’re all must-visit locations, to be sure. But venture off the beaten path and you’ll find equally amazing, totally underrated destinations worthy of a vacation all their own. 1. Maastricht, Netherlands photo credit: Lightmash via photopin cc While not as well known as Amsterdam or The Hague, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this historic city. You can explore it entirely on foot, which might be just what you need after dining at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants.   2. Durango, Colorado, USA photo credit: gunnyrat via photopin…

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Imagine HomeExchange.com’s most popular listing. What do see? A castle in France? A Tuscan villa? The reality might surprise you. HomeExchange.com’s top ten most viewed listings actually come in every shape and size, and from all corners of the world. The one thing they all have in common? Each has received around 44,000 views. Let’s go! 1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Dreaming of a tropical escape? Look no further than this 3-bedroom home located in the exclusive Grace Bay Club. Step outside and you’ll find yourself on the…

10 Free Sydney

What’s better than having fun things to do? Having fun free things to do. Welcome to our blog series, 10 Free Things. Today we head down under with 10 fun and free things to do in Sydney. 1. Zen out at the Royal Botanic Gardens These beautiful gardens are home to nature trails, rare and endangered plants, succulents, herbs, and more. The grounds cover an area of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Time your visit with one of the free guided tours, which run at…

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If your idea of a perfect vacation includes cozying up to a whale or hand-feeding an elk, skip the zoo and head to one of our picks for the top ten places to spot amazing animals in the wild.   Katmai National Park and Preserve Alaska, USA Flickr: PamLink / Creative Commons Katmai National Park is a challenge to get to; because there are no roads leaden to the park headquarters, visitors must access it by air. However, the protected population of over 2,200 grizzly bears (the largest in the…

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Have you ever dreamed about traveling around the world in eighty days like the infamous Phileas Fogg? With a little more time but the same amount of wanderlust, HomeExchange.com members Monique and Marcello have decided to go ’round the world in 80 home exchanges…and they are on their 58th so far! “Our adventure started in 2002, when we promised our nieces and nephews to take them to the States as gift for their 18th birthday. Our first exchange was in summer, in Naples, Florida, with a niece and…

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Did you resolve to be more adventurous in 2014? We’ve put together our top ten excursions to help you get a head start.

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My favourite New Year message for 2014 came from my brother, David. RISK more than others think is safe CARE more than others think is wise DREAM more than others think is practical EXPECT more than others think is possible. I love it and couldn’t help wondering to myself how to apply his thoughts to us home exchangers. Let’s take the first rule: Risk more than others think is safe. I have an idea that we all do this already; it’s what instantly separates us from the others. What…