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By Paige Bradley Frost As an American family living in Paris – with ties to both US coasts – we make it a point to visit “home” at least once a year. But it didn’t take long to realize that the cost of international airfare (especially to California) was going to put swank hotels and vacation rentals out of reach. Extended stays with family and friends weren’t always feasible. Enter the solution: HomeExchange.com

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New York, Paris, London… they’re all must-visit locations, to be sure. But venture off the beaten path and you’ll find equally amazing, totally underrated destinations worthy of a vacation all their own. 1. Maastricht, Netherlands photo credit: Lightmash via photopin cc While not as well known as Amsterdam or The Hague, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this historic city. You can explore it entirely on foot, which might be just what you need after dining at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants.   2. Durango, Colorado, USA photo credit: gunnyrat via photopin…

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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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…

The 2014 Winter Olympics have come to a close, and we’re bidding them farewell with a recap of Sochi…by the numbers! 33 Russian medals Flickr: U.S. Army IMCOM / Creative Commons   28 American medals Flickr: U.S. Army IMCOM / Creative Commons   26 Norwegian medals Flickr: Andy Miah / Creative Commons   25 Canadian medals Flickr: Andy Miah / Creative Commons   12 New competitions held, including team figure skating, women’s ski jumping, and snowboard slopestyle. Flickr: DennyMont / Creative Commons   88 Nations participated Flickr: Atos International / Creative Commons   40,000 Spectators at the opening ceremony Flickr: KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of…