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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…

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Look at how well this Hungarian member prepared his welcome package for his Spanish exchange partner. He even described each of the local items in Spanish! Isn’t this nice? We asked our Facebook fans to tell us what local food items they have left for their home exchange partners. Here are some of our favorite answers! It isn’t uncommon for home exchangers to leave special items behind for their home exchange partners – particularly when it comes to items they have left behind in the fridge. From local…

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We found a recipe for the perfect home exchange! Do you have any ingredients you’d like to add? Share them with us in the comments below! Ingredients 2 lbs of Trust 1 and 1/2 cups of Communication 1/4 cup of Courtesy 2 tbsp of an Open Mind 1 tbsp of Location 1 tsp of Flexibility A pinch of Organization A dash of Adventurous Spirit   Servings: Unlimited Preparation time: The earlier, the better. Directions 1. Create your listing. Add Photos, descriptions, and sharing preferences. Cook until it is well-done. 2….

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These 10 homes are the most viewed of the 2,100+ listings in the United Kingdom. Let’s find out what made them so popular, and perhaps you’ll find one that you would like to exchange with. 1. Worthing, West Sussex Spend some time on the coast in this spacious 4-bedroom home, located just a 3-minute walk from the beach and promenade. Approximately 50 miles south of London, and 14 miles west of Brighton, this home will make a great getaway.

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These 10 homes are the most viewed of the 17,000+ listings in the United States. Let’s find out what made them so popular, and perhaps you’ll find one that you will wish to exchange with. 1. White Sulphur Springs, Montana, USA Looking for a place that can accommodate a family reunion, or a large group traveling together? This spacious seven bedroom home is located inside the Lewis and Clark National Forest, surrounded by 2 million acres of National Forest. The home is in a very remote part of…

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Welcome to Community Corner, an update on what’s happening in the world of HomeExchange.com! This roundup: A home exchange to Vietnam, Fa La Cosa Guista, SHARENL, and “looks-like-a-home” booth. Did you know that 84% of Amsterdam’s inhabitants are willing to take part in at least one of the examples of collaborative consumption, like office sharing and home exchanging? Our Dutch Rep, Corinne, met with SHARENL in February, which the pioneer group that’s driving the sharing economy in the Netherlands, to help Amsterdam become the #1 Sharing City in Europe….

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Does a home exchange on Mars sound like the perfect long-term getaway? Today, we’re introducing the next giant leap for home exchange: Mars One. While a very long-term home exchange on Mars One might be available in the not-so-distant future, today is not that day, but it is… April Fools! In the meantime, we currently offer 65,000+ home exchange listings available in 150 countries here on Earth — and we think it’s pretty lovely here on the blue planet. If you’re looking for a more novel hotel alternative, you don’t have to…

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Home exchangers are everywhere! Our founder, Ed Kushins, was asked for a hug while hiking recently from passersby, Ray and Leah. They shared some great stories about their home exchange experiences, two in particular being especially memorable. On a recent Tuesday in March, Terry and I were doing a hike near Skull Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Pretty much out in the boonies. As we approached a couple about our age coming towards us, they excitedly pointed at my t-shirt and said “HomeExchange?!”, and asked us if we did…

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Two women from two very different families express their passion for travel on their blog, TribeInTow, where they highlight tips about how to travel the world with a tiny tribe in tow. Find out how they managed to save $5,920 using HomeExchange.com. After taking their families on a home exchange to Bali, Stephi and Sophie noticed that every time they talked about their home exchange vacation that people would get excited about the idea. The concept of exchanging homes for another in an exotic location, completely for free, seems to be…