The Real Reason Kids Should Travel

Home Exchange Member, Joy Orr,  shares her thoughts on the important lessons travel teaches our children.

I’d spent my whole life travelling across Europe and around the world, but alas, it had only been in books. I’d experienced the beauty of Tuscany, the magic of Paris, the drama of London. But for more than 40 years, it was only in my imagination through the power of great writing.

As my daughter was getting older and experiencing her own adventures through reading, and she began to long to see the places she read about, I realized how much I wanted her not just to imagine the great places in the world, but to actually be there. Read More

How the World Sees HomeExchange.com

Press coverage about home exchanging from around the globe

Home exchangers, your time has come and the reviews are in.

Each one of you has helped build the world of HomeExchange.com and now you are getting noticed — all around the globe. Here is an overview of press coverage from different countries over the past year, which provides an interesting picture of the fast-growing, worldwide phenomenon of home swapping.

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The Sharing Economy is a favorite talking point in many travel circles, especially as sharing homes, cars, and meals through companies like HomeExchange.com, Uber, and EatWith grows in popularity and reach. The Climate Change Conference in Paris is a helpful reminder that this “collaborative consumption” movement, which helps find more productive uses for underutilized assets, is having a transformative effect on travelers’ wallets and minds, as well as the environment. This movement is a key and growing component of sustainable tourism. Here’s how:
Sharing Economy Promotes Sustainable Tourism

The Sharing Economy…

1. Reduces Carbon Output

According to a study conducted by the Cleantech Group, trips that rely on home sharing companies such as HomeExchange and Airbnb, or even bed-and-breakfasts, produce 66 percent less CO2 emissions than trips using hotels, including hotels that have earned five-star efficiency ratings.
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After having received the gift of HomeExchange.com membership, Valerie Knight set our for her first Home Exchange, a trip to Vancouver Island in Canada’s Western province, British Columbia.

In Valerie’s words…

This is my first year of Home Exchange and first experience of exchanging homes, what a success it has been.

Within a couple of weeks of my listing going live I was contacted by a couple from Parksville on Vancouver Island who have family living near me in Lancing, UK.  Flights were booked and towards the end of August 2015 we were on our way to a five-week exchange to Canada and their comfortable home.
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Room with a (breathtaking) View

As the novel teaches us, travel has the power to open our minds to new experiences in life as well as the power to shed a surprising, fresh light on things in our everyday lives at home.

When you imagine your “perfect trip,” do you ever think of “A Room with a View?” The E. M. Forster novel by that name, published in 1908 and made into a wildly popular film in 1986, has fueled the imagination of travelers for over a hundred years.

The very phrase “a room with a view” invites us all to dream about a taking in the world from a new perspective, from a new point of view, or literally, from the new frame of an unfamiliar window.

Let the following collection of truly breathtaking views set your travel dreams ablaze. Each is a room with a remarkable view and part of the HomeExchange network. This also means, of course, there is a built-in bonus for travelers who join: you could be the one taking in this exact view while paying absolutely nothing for the privilege of living here. How’s that for a “win-win?”

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a month of giving home exchange

This December, on our Home Exchange Facebook Page we’ll be celebrating the season with a month of giving.

Give a membership, get a membership.

Tell us about someone who deserves the gift of Home Exchange.

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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

Ski Adventure

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HomeExchange.com voted number one "Best Website For Booking Your Stay"

It was back at the beginning of October when we first announced the news. HomeExchange.com was nominated by USATODAY 10Best for a Reader’s Choice Award as Best App/Website for Booking Your Stay. We asked you, our community, to help us out with a vote, letting the world know that Home Exchange is the number one way to book your stay. Read More