Australia is famous for its unique, varied, and sometimes dangerous wildlife. During our five-month trip down under, we have been fortunate to witness an incredible display. We were thrilled to spend time with kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and all their cuddly marsupial relatives, but we were also blown away by all the animals that we had never heard of before… and you don’t have to go to a zoo or a wildlife sanctuary to see them! Be careful on the road, especially at dawn and dusk – the wildlife warning signs are not just for show. We had several near hits and many mornings there was sad evidence on the road that someone else did hit. Read More

A major aspect of “living like a local” is knowing the customs of the country you are visiting. Some things that would be considered appropriate at home could result in you having to explain yourself while in another land.

Here are a few things to be aware of for your next home exchange. Read More

We know, it is starting to sound a little cliché. The best way to truly experience an Exchange is to “live like a local.” We, at HomeExchange, talk about it so much that we have a whole category in our blog dedicated to the topic. The fact is, we feel that living like a local is one of the best things about the Home Exchange experience. So settle in and make yourself at home. After all, that’s what being a local is all about.

1. Discover the local places to eat

Make a point to ask your Exchange Partner for a couple recommendations on their favorite spots to grab a bite to eat. This may be a quiet restaurant that’s tucked away from all the tourists or it could be downtown in the middle of all the hustle. Either way, you will be able to take in some of the local flavor. Read More

A perk of international travel is the opportunity to discover some delicious local culinary options. It is not only one of the best ways to get to know the country you are visiting but it gives you another reason to take a chance to explore.

We asked our members to share some of their favorite recipes as a way to bring the exchange experience back to your kitchen. Read More

Love the idea of home exchanging but haven’t become a HomeExchange Member because of a concern for safety?

We get it. HomeExchange asks you to trust our Members to take care of your home. We know that asking you to trust is simply not enough to ensure you have a memorable and safe exchange experience. We take this very seriously; after all, our community is built on trust. If we lose that, we have nothing. Read More

Every romantic comedy fan will know The Holiday. The 2006 film stars Kate Winslet as Iris and Cameron Diaz as Amanda, and they both play women who need breaks from their day-to-day lives and relationships. So, they log onto our website and swap abodes, with Diaz’s character jetting to an English cottage and Winslet moving into a mansion in Los Angeles.

Those who love the movie might be happy to know they, too, can experience a similar home exchange through HomeExchange.com — though we can’t promise you’ll meet Jude Law or Jack Black upon arrival at your home away from home. It’s also possible for you to check out the movie’s most iconic filming locations on your home exchange, should you end up in Los Angeles or in London. Read More

One of the most delicious parts of Home Exchange is being able to taste local delights. That’s where you come in. We want to offer a downloadable HomeExchange cookbook featuring recipes directly from our Members. Do you have a favorite paella? Do your Exchange Partners say you make the best crepes? Is your barbecue beyond compare? Help us bring the flavors of your kitchen to those around the world!

Submit your recipes to recipes@homeexchange.com now. Please include: Read More

For most HomeExchangers, getting on the open road can be a freeing experience, but pulling together the perfect road trip is like planning a dinner party. It’s all about having the right mix of guests and knowing how to keep things moving. Here are a few thoughts to help make your next adventure a smoother ride.

Short on time? Here’s a quick summary. Read More