If we’ve done our job, you are by now, completely sold on the idea of HomeExchange. Yet, there is one small detail that has prevented you from signing up as a member; your spouse/partner is still unsure.

You’ve tried persuading: “it’s a network of great people just like us”; “the homes are beautiful”; “check out this amazing destination we could go to for free!” You’ve tried reasoning: “what’s the difference between this and renting a home or a hotel room?”; “People have been doing this for 25 years”; “For the price of one night in a hotel we can go on our dream holiday for weeks at a time” and still, despite your best efforts you’re still hearing: “I just don’t know”. Read More

Leaving glorious New Zealand (45 days of awesome) would have been brutal if we didn’t have so much more to look forward to on our five-month (12 home exchange) adventure, including Tasmania! – Devils, wallabies, eye-popping art, islands off islands, coastline beauty and a wonderful home exchange.

Our Tasmanian home was a lovely, comfortable (100+ years old Federation style, beautifully remodeled & decorated), and our hosts Ingrid and Michael were funny, warm and welcoming, and full of advice about Tasmania. We felt like they really went above and beyond. We highly recommend themRead More

Family vacations are great! Experiencing a new culture, discovering a new food, being welcomed into someone’s home, can be life-changing. Sharing these experiences with your children is a gift, and as HomeExchange members, we get to do it often.

However, deciding on a location for Summer vacation that is fun for the whole family can be a bit tricky. Finding a destination that you and your kids will like is key! Read More

New Zealand delivers with amazing diversity! Where else can you find glaciers that reach into rain forests, hike stark volcanic terrain, visit lush Hobbit landscapes featured in the Lord of the Rings, go sailing with multiple stops at wineries, have miles of gorgeous beaches all to yourself, and cruise fjords with hundreds of gushing waterfalls. New Zealand is not a big country but it packs a lot in.

There is so much here that you really need to plan an extended stay. Home Exchange makes it all possible. We were lucky enough to plan four in a row. Throw in a road trip and a sailing charter with friends and we were all set for a seven week adventure. Read More

Clicking “Search Homes” on HomeExchange.com is only the first step. Whether you are looking for a specific destination or wanting to explore, the search page is your new favorite travel companion. Sure, there are the standard options to consider, like where you want to go and number of bedrooms you need. But click on “More Filters” and a whole world of possibilities becomes available. From contemporary to cozy, take some time to refine your search so you discover exactly what you want to experience.

So, how do you make “Search” work for you? Read More

Welcoming new friends to your home is one of the most thrilling and rewarding parts of a Home Exchange journey. At the same time, many people new to HomeExchange find preparing their home for visitors a bit overwhelming. Even the most experienced HomeExchange veterans can learn from the combined knowledge of the community.

We’ve asked many HomeExchangers; “what do you do to get ready for a home exchange?” and compiled their answers in a comprehensive list of tips, tricks, and downright good sense suggestions. From supplies to safety tips, we are happy to present our 2017 HomeExchange Ready checklist.

(Download this checklist as a printable PDF)

The comparison with having friends to stay really resonated for me – I go around tidying up and trying to make the place presentable when friends stay. Doing an exchange is not that much of a leap.” Sophie, UK Read More

You need a break. That big trip you planned is still several pages of the calendar away. Don’t settle for another weekend of household chores – plan a weekend getaway with HomeExchange!

You don’t need to travel far to enter vacation mode. Instead of spending significant chunks of time (and money) exploring distant locales, why not discover destinations closer to home? Setting aside a weekend to explore a near destination will give you more time to play and unwind while taking a lot less time getting there. Read More

If you are seeking a healthy dose of happiness, Vitamin D might just be the magic pill. The best part? Sunshine is free! Tropical paradises will immerse you in a mixture of nature, history, culture and wildlife. You might find a balance of exhilaration and relaxation, adventure and pampering. So pack your bags, grab your sunglasses and head to one of these sun-filled destinations. You’ll find happiness almost immediately!

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Channel the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii, United States

The near-constant sun, the temperate sea, and leis made of flowers make Hawaii close to happiness incarnate. The islands combine the perfect blend of beaches and wildlife, delicious food and a welcoming culture. You won’t want to miss the chance to experience some astonishing stargazing and the chance to live like a local. Grab a surfboard and channel the spirit of the ocean! There is truly no better place to get away and with over 400 listings, you’re sure to find a home you’ll want to bring the whole ohana (it means family) along to visit. Read More