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As you know spring quickly turns into summer and now is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation with your kids. With any destination, there are a lot of factors to consider but for most families staying on budget is at the top of the list. What is important to keep in mind is that family travel can be quite affordable. Here’s a few tips to keep your budget in check. Read More

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Time spent with pets is never wasted! That’s an adaptation of a famous quote by Sigmund Freud. It definitely captures the passion that some HomeExchangers have for their pets and supports why home exchange can make travel much easier for pet owners.

Pet personalities must be taken into account when you plan your travels. Some animals love to hit the road, while others prefer the familiarity of home. Both options come with challenges, though, especially if the pets don’t cope well with friends, family or the traumatic captivity of a kennel.

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Lena and Maxime are mother and daughter, from Sweden. For them travelling is a lifestyle; the two of them together or separately accompanied by their partners or friends. Most years these two commit to doing two home exchanges per year. During 2015 they really spread their wings and filled an entire year with travel, 17 trips total between the two of them. Each month brought a new adventure or two or even three or four!

January in Angkor & Ta Prohm

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Lena had spent Christmas and New Years in Vietnam with a friend and began the year by travelling to the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia on New Year’s day. Siem Reap is the closest city to the ancient city of Angkor. For four days they enjoyed the temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, the ancient and picturesque ruins featured in the movie Tomb Raider. Read More

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Last year, I decided to visit Brazil during the Carnival. I was nervous about the chaos of Carnival, and the needed budget. I’d been told that staying in Brazil during that time can be crazy expensive — for instance, a bed in a dorm of 10 people in a random hostel in Rio might cost 700€ a week! I was staying a whole month.  So I started sending home exchange requests.  And it was easier than I thought it would be — maybe Brazilians were eager to visit Rome! Read More

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Do you dream of taking in a major sporting event, historic milestone, or arts/music festival? Why not turn your trip into a true vacation by adding in some relaxation and cultural immersion? One great way to do so is through a home exchange.

Here are 11 big warm-weather events in 2016/17 worth considering (chronological order). Keep in mind that just like admissions tickets, accommodation around big events can go fast. Be sure to arrange your exchange well in advance.

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TripAdvisor recently published its 2016 Travelers’ Choice 25 top beaches in the world. But here at HomeExchange, we know that you sometimes place value on different kinds of sands and strands: the ones loved by locals. So we asked you, our community, to share your favorite beach spots in the world. Here’s what you told us. Click on each beach name to see what HomeExchange Listings are nearby!
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Having a second home or simply staying in one can be a win for everyone involved in a home exchange. Let’s look at some of the reasons why.

Flexibility is the number one benefit cited by HomeExchange Members. Second-home owners can set up exchanges without having to be away from home, arranging for visitors to come at any time. Exchange partners aren’t locked in either. Generally speaking, second homes are more widely available, which is especially great for vacationing families limited by school calendars!

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Are you an Instagrammer? HomeExchange is! Find and follow us there as @homeexchangecom.

We’re ‘gramming our favorite exchange locations, interesting homes and featured collections. We even post behind-the-scenes sneak-peek photos of our team members. We love connecting with fellow travelers too, especially HomeExchangers.

Say hello and let us know you’re a member. Tag us with the #HomeExchange hashtag and show us what you’re doing on your home exchanges! Tap, Tap!