Travel enriches our lives and opens our eyes to new cultures and possibilities. It can also be costly. Between flights, hotels, and activities, travel expenses can add up fast, particularly if you’re traveling with family. These high costs can severely limit your travel options or keep you from traveling at all.

However, it is entirely possible to have an unforgettable vacation on any budget. You don’t have to eat at fancy restaurants for every meal or visit the most expensive attractions to get the most out of your travel experience. With a little planning, you can easily get the most out of your next vacation without breaking the bank. Here are a few tried-and-true tips to let your money work for you:

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Great home exchangers ensure their home swap partners feel comfortable in their home and have a worry-free vacation. Follow our tips and make sure your home is well prepared for the swap:

1. Clean Your Home

The cleanliness of the house should be communicated and agreed in advance. You might be very organized and orderly, and your exchange partner(s) might prefer a more relaxed home or the other way around. Take these things into account when arranging a home swap. Some of our Members prefer to exchange with similar people. If you are a family with small kids, a home full of antiques might not be your best choice. Strive to communicate your expectations and needs clearly. Read More

We have recently launched a collection of Groups on Facebook as a place for members to ask questions, share stories, and connect with fellow Home Exchange enthusiasts. One member asked the question: “If you had to choose ONE top tip for exchanging what would it be?” These are some of the excellent responses we received.


“Be flexible and get out of your comfort zone.” Jim, Washington State, USA, 12 exchanges Read More

The Happiness Support team is always working to make your HomeExchange experience better. Here are a few things that you should know.

The new Help Center is live!

The Happiness Team has been hard at work to update our help center. It is currently available in English but will soon be translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian and Dutch! The section includes a variety of questions all here to help clarify and enhance your experience. Read More

Every day our Happiness Support team has the chance to interact with you and other members. Through these conversations, they have learned a thing or two that can help make your HomeExchange experience more enjoyable. Here are their inside tips on making the most of HomeExchange.

Sérgio suggests:
Make sure you update your Listing on a regular basis! This will ensure that your information is always current and not showing that you wished to go to Paris in 2014! Also, your “Preferred Exchanges” are a key part of finding your Exchanges. By making sure they are filled in, it will allow for a faster matching Exchange partner! Read More

HomeExchange is committed to making your house swapping experience as wonderful as possible. That said, there are times when you need to reach out to us due to any number of situations. That’s why we are thrilled to be able to introduce you to the people behind the help lines. Whether it be phone or chat box, our Happiness Support team is committed to making sure that you are, well, happy!

Alice – originally from France

Languages Spoken: French, English, and a bit of German!
What I love the most about HomeExchange is hearing your anecdotes while we’re chatting, calling, or emailing together. Members, you’re the best! Read More

Winter is approaching, and that means snow in the mountains. Are you planning that one ultimate trip during the season to enjoy the snow? Why not plan multiple ski vacations to the best destinations? Using will save you money and let you stretch your skiing budget. Here are 10 of the best ski destinations in the world to get your planning started!

Aspen Colorado, USA

For many, Aspen is still the quintessential ski town that all other North American ski towns compare themselves to. There are four mountains located within easy reach, each offering different levels of terrain. Beginners will love Buttermilk with its innovative ski school and many green runs, while expert adrenaline seekers can attack Aspen Highlands — the locals’ favorite — with the steepest terrain. Read More

On our 3-week trip to Europe, my husband and I did many amazing things. While traveling around between 5 countries, we prosted at Oktoberfest, drank wine in Paris, and explored historic Stockholm.

In Amsterdam, we indulged in local fare, boated through the canals at sunset, lost ourselves at the Van Gogh Museum, toured the Heineken factory, and walked everywhere we went. While I have no regrets from that trip, there are always things that you wish you made time for. For me, there were a few things in Amsterdam that we didn’t do, and in hindsight, I’d love to prioritize next time.

See if you can make time for these fun activities when you get a chance to explore this amazing city. Read More