People vacation in different ways. Many tourists like cookie-cutter hotels and predictable plans. Their main goal is to hit every attraction they’re “supposed” to see. Travelers, on the other hand, want to experience the everyday life and culture of the places they visit. The sites are fascinating, but not nearly as much as the experience of immersing themselves in an unfamiliar town. Home Exchange offers opportunities for the open-minded traveler to live like a local and participate in activities outside the pages of a guidebook.
“The first thing I do when I arrive at a new exchange home: Visit the house and the neighborhood. Then I find a market and do the food shopping so that I feel at home.” Mirey, Istanbul, Turkey
Market shopping – having the time to peruse and appreciate local goods – is one of the great charms of staying in an exchange home. Here is a handful of the world’s revered markets most beloved by HomeExchange Members.
Markets are the best places to experience what living like a local is all about. Fresh regional foods, artesan crafts and jewlery, handwoven fabrics, pungent flowers and spices — and the hustle and bustle of shoppers who are simply going about their daily activities. HomeExchange members love markets, and here is list of some of their favorites around the world.
Here are a few fantastic festivals in some great HomeExchange locales. And they’re all free!
By Ethan Gelber There’s a lot in the world today that’s scary. And if you’re a parent, as I am, it can make you think twice about travel with your children. The spread of serious diseases, the increasing frequency of extreme weather, the random acts of violence stemming from people’s forced displacement, the socioeconomic resentment due to disparities in income and opportunity, and, of course, terrorism are a few of the hot-button items that fill our news feeds and make us hesitate to hit the road, especially with…
You’ve done your homework on the accommodation front, but once you’ve arrived, how will you eat like a local?
This week we are in Palm Desert, California. Not far from the more readily recognized Palm Springs, Palm Desert has a charm of its own and one which is probably overlooked by many visitors. But what exactly are the benefits of going off the beaten track and visiting places that may not have stood out to you before?