Traveling families face many challenges during the holidays. Here are 10 tips to keep spirits bright, safe and sane this busy travel season.

By Kit Bernardi

Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go … all because of a highway detour. ’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the airport, not a plane was departing … because of a snowstorm. Keep your chin up, though. There are ways to anticipate Grinchiness and make the most of your family vacation. Read More


Thanks to its all-night hours, young crowd, and great food and wine, Barcelona is known as one of the top nightlife destinations on the planet.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a wine snob or a club-until-morning kind of person; Barcelona caters to every kind of traveler who loves hitting the town at night. So I’m going to break down some of my favorite spots by category. Let me know if you agree!

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Radek and his family made their dream of traveling through Europe come true by swapping their home in Berlin. After the birth of ther second daughter and their possibility of 1 year of parental leave, what is a better idea than discovering the world as a family? From Berlin to Andalusia on a two-and-a-half-month trip that is already one of their favorite life experiences so far.

“Home is where there my toy-cars are” says our three year old son on the way to Córdoba, Spain. We’re almost 3,000 kilometers and one month far away from our beloved home in Berlin, holding a conversation about what “home” actually means. Read More


Ten years ago, on December 8, 2006, The Holiday was released to appreciative moviegoers. A romantic comedy based on a home swap, it starred Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Kate Winslet. Oh, and one other young up-and-comer: HomeExchange!

“I thought it was a joke when in early 2006 I got a phone call from SONY/Columbia asking if they could use our HomeExchange website in a movie they were producing.”

This is how Ed Kushins, founder and CEO of HomeExchange, is fond of starting his HOLIDAY story that goes on to include several of Hollywood’s biggest stars: Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Kate Winslet.

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Meet Krupa and Varun, a wanderlust couple from Miami. They allow HomeExchange inquiries to decide their travel destinations for them. So far, they’ve been to Paris, St John’s, Barcelona and Buenos Aires!

Before joining, I was your typical corporate brat. I lived for work and then came home to sleep, only to wake up and do the same thing again. But after I left my job, I started my website and now we both have the luxury to work from home. This gives us the flexibility to travel.

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“Home-staging” is a critical step when it comes to selling or renting a home. Use it when you are thinking of doing a home exchange too!

By Patricia Fernandez

Showing off the best of your home and describing your lifestyle through photographs is not difficult. Importantly, it can help make your home stand out from the rest, which gives you more of a chance of agreeing on a home exchange.

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The holidays are here! And so are those cheerful markets that satisfy your every shopping, eating and good mood desires. Here are 12 markets well worth your consideration.

By Michele Herrmann

Travel souvenirs make great presents, especially during the end-of-year holidays, when you can shop at Christmas markets all around the globe. These annual holiday bazaars are the source of one-of-a-kind gifts, as well as joyful holiday experiences, and promise a cherished memento reminiscent of a location.
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We’re excited to make HomeExchange even easier with the introduction of Passport. Your exchanges no longer have to be one:one. Welcome to the HomeExchange Passport program!

The concept of Passport is simple. Instead of exchanging your home for another, you exchange it for a Balloon. Host any Passport Exchange and earn a Balloon; then use your Balloon to visit any Member’s home anytime. No points. No money. Just good karma.

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