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Meet Stephanie, avid home exchanger since 2007 and “family manager,” as she likes to call herself. When she and her family headed to Curaçao to enjoy some scuba diving on a new Home Exchange adventure, they never imagine they would come back completely in love with the island and in the process of purchasing the house next to their home exchange residence.

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Spring is the ideal time for a weekend getaway. We asked the HomeExchange.com fans on Facebook to share their recommendations for a weekend getaway near them. Here are the 10 spectacular destinations they came up with. Loire Valley, France Photo Credit: Matthew Badger CC via flickr The Loire Valley — 2 hours south of Paris, in the center of the country — is known for its stunning royal castles, Renaissance palaces, medieval fortresses and impressive cathedrals. This area has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique…

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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.

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Of course you could travel to Paris, Barcelona, or Rome, but tucked away beyond the big cities are some truly beautiful destinations. To get you started, here are some of our favorite hidden villages in Europe. Bornholm, Denmark photo credit: Steenbergs via photopin cc The island of Bornholm might not be a secret for Danes, but it’s new to many foreigners. It’s a popular summer getaway spot for locals, with a fantastic coastline, great opportunities for outdoor activities, and a rich history. You can also visit the tiny…

When we say HomeExchange.com has homes of all shapes and sizes, we mean it. Meet Sylvie and Didier, who exchange their castle. That’s right...a castle!

When we say HomeExchange.com has homes of all shapes and sizes, we mean it. Meet Sylvie and Didier, who offer their castle when they swap homes. That’s right…a castle! Sylvie and Didier run a charming hotel, the Varenne Castle, near Avignon, France. They have been members of HomeExchange.com since July 2008, and offer the unique experience of staying in a castle. Obviously, they have no shortage of exchange inquiries in their inbox. They have already done five exchanges with two more scheduled. Silvie and Didier have perfected the art…

Fancy a trip to Paradise? Need a Spa break? Check out our top ten most interestingly-named exchange cities. 1. For those who want it all – Paradise, Nevada, USA 2. When you’ve got marriage on the mind – Wedding, Germany

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It might be too late to travel to the 2014 Olympic games, but there are still plenty of exciting world sporting events coming up!

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Every four years, the world comes together to celebrate winter sports and the athletes that excel at them. It’s time for the Winter Olympics!

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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.