It is a question that comes up almost daily through our Happiness Support Team or via the Members-only Facebook Groups: “When will there be an app for HomeExchange?” Well, as you may have seen, the time is now! If you click over to the Apple App Store, you can bring all the power of HomeExchange with you wherever you might go.
What can the App do?
As of right now, the app is only available for iPhone and iPad devices and only in English. Other languages are in development and the Android version will launch as soon as possible. With the current version of the App you will be able to:
- Log in to an existing account
- Perform searches
- Perform a reverse search
- View search results in a list or on the map
- Use the map to search for listings in a specified area
- View members listings and profiles
- Contact other members
- Access all your messages
- View your listing and profile
Are there any limitations?
We are continually working to improve the functionality of not only HomeExchange.com but also the app. That said, as of now, you cannot do the following actions with the HomeExchange App:
- Create a new account
- Renew your expired account or submit a payment
- Add a listing to an existing account
- Edit your account, listing or profile
- Send messages to multiple members at the same time
- Access your lists or add listings to a list
- Register an exchange (in the messaging system)
Our help section has several articles available to talk you through how to leverage the power of the newest way to Exchange. Here are a few to get you started:
- How to log-in to the HomeExchange App
- How to view your listing and profile in the App
- How to perform a search in the App
- How to check your messages in the App
This is only the beginning! We hope you will find the HomeExchange App a useful tool to help make your travel dreams a reality. If you have any feedback, please feel free to share as it will to help us continue to plan and make improvements to the App.
As members of the HomeExchange Team, we tend to spend quite a bit of time looking through Listings. Each one is special, but some homes make you stop and say “wow!” Explore our list of places that “break the mold” and make our list of Most Unique Homes.
If you’re a fan of converted churches, this home in Connecticut is worth more than a second look.
Plan Montmin, France – With breathtaking scenery and a relaxed, casual feel, this historic 1897 alpine schoolhouse is located in a village high above Lake Annecy, Rhône-Alpes, France. This home gets an A+ for history and extra credit for its environment.
Seattle, Washington, USA – Welcome aboard “Banjo” on Lake Union, docked in the heart of Seattle, Washington. This iconic houseboat is a fully functional stern wheel vessel that has been renovated into a charming mid-century modern urban home. Launch your paddle boards and kayaks for added adventure on the water or use it as a base to explore some of Seattle’s most famous attractions.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia – Sure, this Listing does stretch the definition of “home,” but we’re willing to bet that if you get to exchange your home with the Reef Encounter, you’ll still be able to live like a local with your water-based neighbors.
Carate, Costa Rica – Move over Swiss Family Robinson. It is time to make way for HomeExchangers. This breezy bungalow nestled in the lush jungles of Costa Rica is a tropical-lover’s dream! With a wide open floor plan and a spectacular… and we mean SPECTACULAR ocean view, and its wild setting, this home is miles from ordinary.
Joshua Tree, California, USA – Escape the hustle of city life and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Joshua Tree National Park. This geodesic dome features 360-degree views, and it is tailor-made for you to leave inspired.
Saint-Martin-de-Caralp, France – Something about a home that looks like it was made using Lincoln Logs speaks to our inner child, yet our real-life adult desires the creature comforts of home. This gem of a home delivers both. It’s the rugged log cabin with all the modern furnishings and amenities to make us (young and old) happy.
Begha, South Africa – This home deserves to be on a list of unique abodes purely based on its architecture, but its location puts The Sand Castle over the top. One exchange partner left this review: “It is even more beautiful than words can describe, or pictures can show… from the living room, we could see whales in the sea and, on the other side, the sunset and giraffes in the bushes.”
Kilkenny, Ireland – Enter this medieval Irish Castle and you’ll feel transported back in time. With thick stone walls and exposed wood beams, this home beckons you to explore every nook and cranny all while surrendering to the inspiring beauty of the Irish Countryside. This is the epitome of a Unique Home.
Speaking of castles, our list wouldn’t be complete without a special mention of this regal Scottish estate.
Explore these and more unusual listings with our Unique Homes category. Have a unique home that you think deserves a spot on our list? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploration awaits you. Load up your car, grab some family and friends and hit the open road. With HomeExchange, the adventure doesn’t cost much more than the supplies to keep you moving and fed. Discover a few routes to take you away from your every day and to unlock your imagination.
If you have the time, there is no better way to explore an area than by car. It offers you the flexibility to set your own schedule and allows you to veer off the beaten track to see what life is really like. Below are some suggested routes to experience the many incredible offerings that Europe has. Jump in at any point and allow your exchanges to act as a compass. We shared our tips on how to plan a road trip with HomeExchange so, now, it’s time to start exploring!
A drive through history
Few cities are quite as dynamic as London. And we don’t just mean because of the traffic. The culture and the options for exploration are practically endless in and around the sprawling metropolis. Once you have had your fill, pack up and head towards the channel. There are plenty of options to get across but why not enjoy the ride and take a ferry. We recommend landing in Calais which offers you the perfect launch point to explore the beauty of the French regions of Normandy and Brittany.
Master your fear of heights at the Étretat cliffs, investigate the extraordinary Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and move on to take a moment to remember the historical impact of the Normandy beaches. Move along the coast and find a little religion at the Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel. Taste the Cancale oysters while you wander through Brittany making a point to stop in Saint Breic, Quimper and seeing how many menhirs you can count as you roam Carnac. Finish your journey off with a spark of curiosity as you investigate the îsl de Nantes and discover the Machines of the Isle.
- Good for: History Fans & Families
- Optimal Length of Trip: 2-3 weeks
- Insider Tip: Time your visit to Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel to be there with low tide and watch as the water rises. It’s spectacular to witness the ocean flow as the Abbey transforms into a floating island. Park your car in the Mont Saint-Michel lot and the Abbey on the complimentary bus (free with the Mont tickets).
The flavor of adventure
Capture a taste of the region by beginning your trip in Bordeaux. The beaches and sea along the sprawling Landes de Gascogne offer an ideal welcome for your culinary exploration.
In 2016, San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain) was designated as the “European Capital of Culture” and, it is known one of the best gastronomic destinations in the world. Savor the “pintxos” route through the city and discover the famous and beautiful La Concha Beach. All our quest for culture to continue to Bilbao where you can marvel at the Guggenheim or head out of the city and adventure into the National Parks and beautiful landscapes of Cantabria and Asturias. The power of the Picos de Europa National Park will provide you with a lasting memory of the strength of nature.
A meal of traditional food of the areas including Cocido Lebaniego of Cantabria and Fabada Asturiana of Asturias will give you a greater understanding of the area’s strength! From Asturias, continue on to Galicia and find your way to the final stop of the pilgrimage route, the famous Santiago de Compostela. Allow your journey to continue along into Portugal where you can wander through Porto and Coimbra before the Belem pastries welcome you to Lisbon.
- Good for: Those who love food and wine
- Optimal Length of Trip: About 2 weeks
- Insider Tip: Make a point to visit the Dune of Pilat (close to Bordeaux) it is the tallest sand dune in Europe. Once you arrive in Lisbon, it’s worth taking a day trip to Sintra to explore Quinta da Regaleira.
A Northern journey
Start this excursion in Belgium by diving into the enchanting areas of Wallonia and Flanders. Use Brussels as your bases as you spend days visiting the area. Kids will love the opportunity to discover Le Lion de Waterloo, riding a cable car La Citadelle de Dinant, or digging into as many mussels as possible at restaurants of Belgium. Who can say no to the magic of Brussels with its ever-present chocolate and delicious waffles? Marvel at the Atomium or venture out and find kid-friendly destinations like the Frietmuseum (French Fry Museum) in Bruges.
From there, head out to the country and explore the incredible parks and channels of Amsterdam. With Rotterdam and La Hague are only an hour away by car, and you can easily explore some of their nearby beaches, the Madurodam Park, the Windmills and tulips of the area or (for something spectacular) the Alkmaar cheese market. Families with children should take a moment to stop by De Efteling Theme Park where traditional European fairy tales come to life!
If we continue on to Bremen where your children can sing along with the statue of the Bremen Musicians or make the jump to Hamburg and enjoy a boat tour or a stroll through its Botanical Garden. From there, you can build on the fun of Legoland in Billund, Denmark before making a splash at the beaches of Aarhus. Finally, your fairy tale adventure comes to a conclusion with the rainbow homes of Copenhagen.
- Good for: Families or those who want to live a fairy tale
- Optimal Length of Trip: 3 weeks
- Insider Tip: Parking in Amsterdam can be a challenge. If your HomeExchange is in the city center, considering storing your car at a Park & Ride on the outskirts of the city. With its incredible public transport system, you’ll have no trouble finding your way around town. And for those of you who are planning on exploring some of the theme parks along this route, consider purchasing your tickets in advance through their website. It will not only save you money but offer you the chance to skip the lines when you first arrive.
Head to the coast
It is next to impossible not to allow the glamour and beauty of the French Riviera to wash over you. As you explore the coast from Marseille and move on to Niza and Cannes, you will find yourself in awe of the beaches and the incredible climate. It is almost like you have stepped into a film version of a holiday adventure. Move on to Italy and prepare yourself for the visual feast of Cinque Terre. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, these five villages tucked into the Italian hills are as delightful as they are stunning.
Continue your trip across the Northern part of Italy until you find yourself in the warm embrace of Venice. Cars are, of course, not allowed in town but it is the perfect launch point to catch a ferry ride over to Croatia. The exquisite blue of the Adriatic Sea will guide you from Pula to Zadar where you will be serenaded by the Sea Organ. Make the most of your time by spending a few days in Split with a day trip (or two) over to the Dalmatian Islands.
- Good for: Couple or those who love the beach and sun
- Optimal Length of Trip: 2 to 3 weeks
- Insider Tip: Make a point to take your car with you to the Dalmatians Islands. It is especially useful if you go to the largest of the islands, as you can explore more of these incredible isles.
Fresh mountain air
Allow yourself to get lost in the atmosphere of Alsace. The beauty of the landscape and the houses welcome and invite you to slow down and stroll through the streets of these magic villages. From there the vibrant homes of Colmar or the majesty of Strasbourg Cathedral will take you back to another age. Allow yourself to wander to Freiburg and explore the glory of the Black Forest. It is as though the stories by the Brothers Grimm have come to life with castles, villages and the enchanting local traditions. Make a point to taste the Zwiebelkuchen (onion cake) or a traditional Black Forest wine. Top your trip off with a refreshing dip in Lake Konstanz. You might find yourself wanting to bask in the views or continue your journey on to experience the winding road of Klausen Pass in Switzerland. The scenery alone is worth the effort.
- Good for: Couples looking to get a taste of the region and enjoy the stunning views
- Optimal Length of Trip: 1 to 2 weeks
- Insider Tip: If you happen to take this trip during the Summer, make a point to experience the night festival in Konstanz. It’s a show to experience at least once in your life.
Can’t get enough road-time? You can always check out what is described as the “Ultimate” trip around Europe. It covers 16,287 miles (26,211 km) and takes a few months to complete. But just think of how much you’d save by finding your accommodations through HomeExchange!
It’s that time of year when we can, at last, emerge from hibernation! Winter is behind us and the great outdoors becomes so much more appealing. It’s getting warmer, greener and we have longer brighter days at long last.
The UK is far more appealing at this time of year and has so much to offer. If you haven’t planned something already, this is often a time when we start getting itchy feet for another exchange and what better than to explore your own country.
To help with some suggestions of where to go, here is a list of our Top 6 places to visit at Easter in the UK – or any other time of the year for that matter!
Unleash your expectations of traveling with pets. With HomeExchange, you can forget about kennels, finding a pet-sitter, convincing a friend to check on them or the crazy fees to board your animal-family member and can start dreaming of adventure.
Celebrated the world over, the 17th of March marks St. Patrick’s Day which honours the Patron Saint of Ireland. And with that comes a host of events throughout the “Emerald Isle.”
The pubs are packed to the seams, people dress up in leprechaun outfits or don big green wigs and hats, and Guinness is consumed by the gallon!
Since this is a national holiday, it’s also a time for the people of Ireland to get together and celebrate. From local parades to big carnivals with street theatre, live music and dancing, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Here are some of the activities you can enjoy place throughout Ireland to make the most of your St. Patrick’s Day:
To live in another city or a different country is a dream to many. It offers the opportunity to experience another culture or to explore in ways that a shorter trip doesn’t allow. For most, that fantasy will stay in their imagination but, for HomeExchangers, it can become a reality. Here’s our look at how you can “go long” with HomeExchange.
Imagine you were sitting down having dinner when you heard someone knocking on the door. You get up to see who it is and before you open it an inch, a voice says “Hi, would you Exchange homes with me next month?” It would be pretty disconcerting.
While that’s an extreme example, in a lot of ways, that is how some exchange requests can come across. They are short and not at all sweet. It is not surprising that these types of Inquiries can result in less than satisfactory results for those who are actively looking for an exchange. When it takes, on average, more than seven requests before finding an interested Exchange Partner, we understand the desire to send out more general mass messages.