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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…

Spain travel ideas

To get to know Spain better, we asked our Spanish representative, Violette, to give us some local knowledge about her home country. This is Spain Unlocked! How to say hello: Hola (Hi) or Buenos días (Good morning, more formal) How to say goodbye: Hasta luego (See you later) or Adiós (Goodbye) With other declinations depending on the region of Spain! How to say thank you: Gracias Currency used: Euro Flickr CC, El Bulli Favorite national foods: Made of different regions and climates, Spain presents a big variety of food. Here are only a…

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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…

10 Free Barcelona EN

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’re exploring 10 fun and free things to do in Barcelona, an amazing city full of color, culture, and history. 1. Soak up some sun Barceloneta beach is the city’s most popular, and on weekends you’ll find it full of sunbathing locals. If you’re feeling active, you can swim in the Mediterranean or bike along the promenade, but lying on the sand is just as…

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

If you are hooked on running, keep on reading! After reading about Rafa’s experience, you will want to sign up for “funning” instead and travel to every marathon in the world. Meet Rafa, a journalist, marathon runner, and HomeExchange.com member. Rafa’s first trip to New York in 2007 coincided with the NYC Marathon and he says, “it was love at first sight. It amazed me how many stories I saw concentrated in that race.” Rafa had never run a race before, but that day he decided to join…

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From throwing televisions to wearing lucky underpants, there are some pretty interesting ways to celebrate the new year all around the world!

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Home is where your heart is. In Mireia’s case, her heart can’t really decide between her hometown of Badalona, and her new home, Brooklyn, NY.