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“Winter is Coming” – Time to wax your skis and snowboards, fellow wintjsphuorts enthusiasts. Our HomeExchange.com team has picked out seven lovely homes near or in ski resort areas that will appeal to everyone. Jacuzzis, beautiful views, ski in – ski out, you name it, we’ve got it. Stay on a Home Exchange and stretch your skiing budget. 1. Luxury Chalet in Charming Saas Fee, Switzerland

Hard to describe the amazing green lushness of Akaka Falls State Park. A must see on the east side of the Big Island.Marcus R. Donner © 2015

Meet Home Exchange members, Peg and Marcus, who recently spent time a little off the beaten path, away from the crowds on Hawaii’s Big Island!   We’re Peg and Marcus and we live in Seattle, Washington. We joined HomeExchange last fall. After having our listing up for only one month, we were contacted by Amy and Doug from Hilo, Hawaii about doing an exchange in July. We thought, we’ve never been to the Big Island, why not? After setting up our exchange and buying our plane tickets, we…

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By HomeExchange Team Member, Yvette Wang “Life is too short to drink heinous wine.” Do you love wine? Do you consider yourself a casual drinker or a connoisseur perhaps? A good glass of wine can put a smile on your face, and a great wine will make you get up and dance (it has happened to me). Do you know what can make that glass of great wine even better? Personalize it. Travel to where the wine is made and meet the people who have dedicated themselves to…

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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…