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You love music festivals and have no plans yet for the summer? Check out this fun and local suggestion by Christine, a HomeExchange Member living in Quebec!   You love music? Great stars, small bands, street artists? Pop, rock? You would like to discover music from Quebec or from around the world? There is music for every taste at the Festival d’été de Québec. 11 days with 300 shows on 10 stages. Sting & Peter Gabriel will be heading the list this year, but dozens of others will also be present….

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Earth Day, celebrated worldwide each year on April 22, reminds us all that we are invited guests of our planet. On HomeExchange, however, every day is Earth Day for the many members who have converted to or built eco-friendly homes. On every continent and with remarkable diversity and creativity, home exchangers are at the forefront of efforts to champion sustainable living. They employ a variety of means: electricity generated by photovoltaic systems; solar water heaters; renewable building materials such as bamboo, red cedar and other natural products; rainwater…

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Around the world in 11 ways. From Brazil to Zanzibar via Nantucket, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and beyond, here are some of the most spectacular Listings where living like a local takes you to a whole new level of discovery.

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After having received the gift of HomeExchange.com membership, Valerie Knight set our for her first Home Exchange, a trip to Vancouver Island in Canada’s Western province, British Columbia. In Valerie’s words… This is my first year of Home Exchange and first experience of exchanging homes, what a success it has been. Within a couple of weeks of my listing going live I was contacted by a couple from Parksville on Vancouver Island who have family living near me in Lancing, UK.  Flights were booked and towards the end…

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“Winter is Coming” – Time to wax your skis and snowboards, fellow wintjsphuorts enthusiasts. Our HomeExchange.com team has picked out seven lovely homes near or in ski resort areas that will appeal to everyone. Jacuzzis, beautiful views, ski in – ski out, you name it, we’ve got it. Stay on a Home Exchange and stretch your skiing budget. 1. Luxury Chalet in Charming Saas Fee, Switzerland

Home Exchange Helps Connect Family

Many people use Home Exchange to visit family. Christine did an exchange to Canada to meet her relatives! In Christine’s words: I’ve been an amateur genealogist for over 10 years and had hit a brick wall in the search for my Grandfathers sister, Emmeline.  All I knew was that she had emigrated to Canada in 1914 with her husband and 3 children. Her eldest child had become a Mountie, but all contact with the family was lost when Emmeline died in 1963.

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Did you know that HomeExchange.com is a totally virtual company? Our team gathers once a year to learn, brainstorm, share ideas, and have some fun. We just returned from our annual meeting in beautiful Mont-Tremblant, Canada, and we couldn’t be more excited about the year ahead.

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HomeExchange.com team members and Montréalais Paul and Jean-Jacques are giving us the inside scoop on the best fun and free things to do in Montreal. 1. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts The Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal offers free admission for the majority of its collections at all times. The only paid exhibitions are temporary collections. MBAM also offers regular tours, film screenings, seminars, and conferences, always free.   2. Admire the Botanical Garden The Montreal Botanical Garden opens its doors for free every evening from…

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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…