Conversation is the Key to a Whole Kingdom of Travel Options

A Simple Conversation Unlocks the World

Making travel plans involves a lot of give and take in your travel party, even if yours is just a family of two. Talking over your options and making plans can be half the fun.

Just having a simple conversation about how home sharing works goes a long way toward bringing everyone together for the vacation of a lifetime.

There are a lot more ways to use than you might think.

When you choose to join the Community, it’s no exaggeration to say that you really do get the keys to the kingdom – a kingdom of 60,000+ beautiful private homes, apartments (and even boats!) that only you, as a Member, have the ability to share in exchange for sharing your home. works like an exclusive club… except that the more Members who join, the more choices we all have.

That’s why talking with your friends and relatives about home exchanging is the key.

To jump start your conversations, this article provides tools and techniques for using that we promise will both inform and delight.

You’ll unlock a home sharing experience, which if paid for out-of-pocket, could easily cost thousands of dollars, euros, yen, pesos or renminbi a month… or even a week!

Fact: By choosing a one-year membership in – which costs less than a single night in most hotels – you’ll have access to safe, secure and vetted accommodations.

While there are some free home sharing websites out there, there are also some very compelling reasons to avoid them. Check out more reasons why trust is the bedrock of the Community, and your security is paramount by clicking here.

And don’t forget the industry-leading Guarantee: if you don’t arrange an exchange in your first year, your second year is free.

photo credit: Sharon Drummond via photopin cc

photo credit: Sharon Drummond via photopin cc

Another very tangible way you can save big when home swapping is to replace expensive restaurants and hotel food with food from local markets and have delicious meals cooked at home in fully-equipped kitchens. With Internet access in most homes, you can even look up regional recipes in your own language. And, sometimes, you’ll even have access to a family automobile as well. These and other amenities (click here), including fabulous treats left for you by your host, are simply unavailable through any other form of travel, no matter how hard you look.

But how quickly can a home exchange be found, and how easy is it… really?

The more you compare, the easier it gets. You can find real-life stories of Members just like you who have arranged homes for spans as little as a day to as much as several months. Some even made plans to spend an entire 12 months on the road going from exchange to exchange, for example — read about Steve and Roz by clicking here Or, check out the story of Julie and Mark, who have enjoyed a total of 77 successful home swaps (so far) at a rate of 7 per year. If they can do it, you can, too.

Fact: Successful home exchanging is a little bit like dating. We all know that to date successfully, you have to be active and engaged with the process. The more you (and your spouse, family or travel friends) discuss where you want to go, the easier it is to get there. Remember, there’s someone out there in the Community who is looking for you, too!

Home exchangers all around the world are putting their heads together and planning at this very moment. The more you engage in conversation with these folks, the better you’ll understand the needs of these potential exchange partners — these “friends you haven’t met yet” — and the better your odds are of success for a phenomenal home exchange vacation.

So, what’s the best way to find that perfect Listing?

Simple: Put your best foot forward by taking the time to create an attractive and comprehensive profile. And when you find a similarly attractive profile in a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting, just write a nice inquiry message; a little flattery goes a long way. Like flirting, even just browsing compatible listings and contacting people using the secure messaging system can be a lot of fun. Click here to check out these additional, valuable tips that will help you not only make a great pitch to a potential swap, but will also help you respond in a way that will greatly increase your odds of success when receiving an inquiry.

Speaking of odds, here’s more information to increase your chances of finding the perfect home swap.

Fact: With over 16,000 listings, the United States has the largest number of Listings in the Community. Which means if you live in the US, you have fabulously great chances of finding a potential near-range home swap in each of all 50 states – including Alaska, Hawaii and even territories like Puerto Rico.

And if you’re in any of the other top ten countries, including France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, you have an overwhelming number of possibilities for that perfect swap – one that’s sure to please you and yours!

For the complete, numerical breakdown on top countries, as well as those having the highest per capita number of Members, click here.

Lastly, remember that no matter where you may live, there is someone in the Community looking for just what you have – even if you aren’t in the middle of New York, Paris or Honolulu.


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As Grandmother used to say, “There’s a lid for every pot.”

When talking over where you’d like to go for your first, or next, exchange, keep in mind the various compelling reasons your home and your location may be someone’s ideal swap.

When we recently spoke with a Member who lives in Detroit, for example; he was concerned that people might think that the Motor City was nothing but factories and parking lots. But what about the Great Lakes surrounding the city and the entire state? In fact, Detroit sits among 20 percent of all the world’s fresh water reserves, with 3,126 miles (5,030 kilometers) of breathtaking shorelines. That’s someone’s “trip of a lifetime,” we reminded him.

For even more details about why your home would make a wonderful exchange for someone else, living somewhere you really want to visit, click here.

With the possibilities offered by, there’s always more than meets the eye. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation with all your travel partners leads quickly to a vacation that saves you thousands, creates a lifetime of memories, and brings new friends into your life.

Isn’t it great to have the “keys to the kingdom” right at your fingertips? That’s what the Community is all about.

8 Comments on “Conversation is the Key to a Whole Kingdom of Travel Options

  1. We bought a years membership & didn’t use it at all. Do we get a 2nd year free? We are thinking of resigning up & actually trying it this time

  2. I live in Vancouver BC Canada area and would like to do Homeexchange asap Love to Travel all over world

  3. I am about to pay the subscription fee for one year. Will it matter if I find an exchange partner only in the second half of 2016 for example?

    • Hi Esther,

      Thank you so much for your interest in! We are so pleased to hear that you are interested in giving us a try! To help answer all of your questions and concerns, please contact our live chat support team who will help answer any of your immediate questions. They are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

      Happy home exchanging!

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