They may have different ways of seeing the world, but they all have one thing in common: they explore it through HomeExchange! It is our pleasure to share 14 amazing bloggers who love to travel the world by exchanging their homes.
We asked this collection of bloggers to share their favorite travel memories and why they love to travel with HomeExchange. In no specific order, here are their thoughts. We invite you to e-meet them and discover your new favorite blogs!
I blog about the various options to educate children while traveling the world. I’ve been a member of Home Exchange for years now and completed home exchanges ranging from 5 days to three months.
Exchanging homes opens the world to us and allows us to discover places which we otherwise might never find. We exchanged homes and cars for two months with a family from Brazil. The home was in a small college town and we used it as a base from which to travel all over Brazil. Hiking in the Amazon and fishing for piranha with my six and eight year old daughters was pretty amazing.
I write about sharing economy travel services that help people save money and enjoy better travel experiences. Free lodging, that is so much better than a hotel!
My most memorable home exchange was staying in a huge house on a loch in a remote part of Scotland. With four empty bedrooms, we were able to invite two friends, who happened to be in Scotland at the same time for a wedding, to join us at this house for a few days. We had such a fun time with this as our home base for drives around the countryside, and also just sitting in the living room enjoying a bottle of scotch we picked up at one (of many) distillery tours. This was definitely an experience I would never have had in a hotel.
Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is a internet-famous wiener dog with an award-winning blog which details his travels, antics, and adventures, and is all written from his own perspective. We’ve been a member at least as long as Crusoe has been alive, so 7 years! We’ve done several exchanges that have involved the dog, but many more ourselves too.
The best? I’m sure Crusoe would say that he loves having an entire home to himself. As a dog, they’re not always super welcomed at hotels or resorts (even if they “technically are allowed”). It makes Crusoe feel much more at home while away; he has room to run and play, learns his “spot” outside to do his business, and even gets a feel for the local neighborhood.
Crusoe’s favorite exchange was a local’s beach house in the Bahamas. We’d get up in the morning and walk straight out onto the beach to play fetch up and down the sand. However, Crusoe also had a blast staying in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia.
Solo Mom Takes Flight is a family travel blog that helps parents plan epic adventures for their kids around the world whether traveling with two parents or one. We have been HomeExchange members for over 2 years and have completed 5 exchanges.
We love home exchanges as they give us access to experiences we couldn’t really pay for. We have stayed on farms, introduced our kids to other cities and countries by staying in residential neighbourhoods and explored the world using our home as trade.
Our best home exchange was with the owner of a polo horse farm in South Carolina. We were headed south and wanted something different than a hotel. We stayed in a gorgeous guest house with direct access to a pool, outdoor fireplace and within feet of the horses.
Our blog is about romantic travel for couples, especially empty-nesters. We focus on home exchange and soft adventure such as bare boat sailing and scuba diving. We have been members since 2010 and completed over 24 successful exchanges with 10 more planned.
Choosing just one favorite perk is a challenge! Having a true “home base” with all the personal comforts and local insights.
In April, 2015 my partner Tyler and I left stable jobs to pursue hot spring soaked adventures around the world. Our blog recounts our experiences. I’m not a member of HomeExchange, but my stepmother is and I’ve been able to join my parents on about half a dozen exchanges in the last 10+ years.
Thanks to HomeExchange, wherever I go, I feel like I’m already home. My favorite memory: in Wanaka, New Zealand, my parents and I stayed in a gorgeous five bedroom home with a jacuzzi a block away from the lake. Not only did we get to relish a much-needed pause from our dizzying travel pace, we also were able to borrow their bikes and paddleboards to explore the region. In fact, they lent me their mountain bike for a month to do a fantastic bike tour and let my partner and I stay in their place a few extra days after the tour.
I help professional single moms live awesome lives in money, dating and parenting. It is such an intimate experience staying in another person’s home, getting to know who they are, and often meeting their friends and neighbors and having a very first-person travel experience that is otherwise often elusive.
My favorite memory: a giant, victorian, gorgeously decorated lake house on Lake Michigan was spectacular, as was staying in the art-filled apartment in Copenhagen, where I was introduced to the friends of my host Ellen, who became my friends, while Ellen spent time with my friends in New York.
The following year I returned to Copenhagen, this time in a different host’s apartment, and this time spent time with both Ellen and our now-mutual friends. We also have overlaps in our professional lives (she is a translator, and I am a writer), and we’ve discussed partnering on projects.
My blog describes explorations, adventures, and ‘ah ha moments’ experienced during my transition into retirement. My favorite part of blogging, and reading other people’s blogs, is the interaction and connection. I love the sharing of real life experiences.
My husband and I became members of Home Exchange in March 2004 and have been members ever since. We’ve completed 15 exchanges. After doing our very first exchange, I immediately understood what’s so great about exchanging homes. It is the freedom of not being confined to a small hotel room and not being tightly surrounded by tourist traps. It is also the freedom to read my book in peace as the television blares out my husband’s favorite shows… in another room. It is about being part of a neighborhood and being able to have more genuine local sights and experiences right outside our front door.
On top of all of this, the money not drained away by accommodation costs and constantly eating out cannot be overlooked.
Lovely Indeed is a DIY and lifestyle blog about all of the little things that make life lovely. We focus on family, travel, hands-on projects, and more. We’ve been Home Exchange members for about 4 years. We’ve only done one exchange but it was the greatest trip we’ve ever been on!
Now that our kids are older we are planning on exchanging more, to show them how wonderful it can be. What I love most about exchanging is having a place that feels like home while you’re traveling.
We stayed in the most charming Parisian apartment for about 3 weeks. Right downstairs was a lovely patisserie where we had croissants and chocolat chaud one rainy morning. There were also Velib bikes right across the street and we would hop on and ride all over the city. It was such a beautiful stay, and for our time there it felt like our neighborhood!
I write a lot about remote work, home exchange, living like a local, and finding that feeling of home no matter where I am. We’ve done 1.5 international ones (completing the second half of a non-simultaneous at the beginning of March!!) and have 2 domestic exchanges coming up this year.
HomeExchange makes traveling more affordable, allows us to stay in places for longer since and lets us live like locals. Favorite memory? Spending 4 weeks in the Hague really can’t be beat. So many good memories including becoming regulars at a pizza place around the corner, skipping work one day to spend the day at the beach, getting my first tattoo, and really just having a gorgeous place to call home after an evening out exploring.
My blog is primarily about our family’s travels while home exchanging, with occasional musings on active transportation, local food, and community resilience.
We joined HomeExchange in April 2014 in time to organize a last-minute 3 month trip to Europe. We took off 10 weeks later, still organizing exchanges as we travelled. We’ve completed 10 exchanges in 3 years, and are in the process of booking 3 or 4 more for this summer’s adventure.
Exchanging homes can mean exchanging lives. We love actually ‘living local‘, rather than as tourists. Home exchanges are like your children or grandchildren — it’s impossible (or foolish) to choose a favorite. We’ve loved them all for different reasons — the people we’ve met, the homes we’ve stayed in, the pets we’ve cared for, and the communities we’ve called our own.
My blog is about travel, inspiration and happiness! I’ve been a member since 2011 and have done nine exchanges. I love meeting people from all over the world (…and not having to pay for housing is another big perk!).
My best home exchange travel memory? Wow, that’s a tough one to answer…so I’ll have to pick two. Best exchange was with a great family in Ireland who are now really good friends and I’ve gone back and stayed with them as a guest. The best home exchange memory would have to be winning a gold medal as a coxswain for an international team at last year’s at World Rowing Master’s Regatta.
My blog is about our travels, my daily rants and humour. Saves us sending emails or post cards. Will serve as a reminder when we’re that senile we can’t remember. I have been a member for 10 years, and have done 25+ exchanges.
I love HomeExchange because it gives me a home away from home. My favorite HomeExchange souvenir has to be a month in Marco Island. Awesome location and home came complete with car, bikes, kayak and even a motor boat to get around the island.
My blog focuses on budget travel, outdoor activities and once in a life time, bucket list experiences. My family has been part of home exchange for 6 years and we did 16 exchanges in total.
I love having a whole house all to ourselves and each house and location is unique in its own way. It’s more personal than staying in a hotel.
My favorite exchange was when we spent Christmas in Paris. We never thought about spending the holidays abroad, but the offer was simply too good to refuse. The apartment was right in the heart of Paris. Some of the highlights of the trip were the cute Christmas markets, ice skating under the Eiffel tower, visiting Disneyland and eating delicious French cheese.
Do you also have a blog and love travelling with HomeEchange? Share your blog / story on the comments below.