Member stories: The secret to getting away fast
Some of the more experienced HomeExchange.com Members hold the key to getting away… fast. And they are ready to share their secrets with you.
Many of these Members have left the daily grind of the workforce and now enjoy more free time. And, of course, they all have one goal — to travel more frequently. The word “retired” doesn’t accurately describe this group, since many continue to work while having the flexibility to pursue adventures around the world, leaving the confines of the workforce behind them.
For those of you who have that flexibility to travel, you know what we mean. You can plan wonderful adventures without the restriction of an employer’s idea of where you should be on any given day, or how much vacation time you have available, or even when to take a vacation.
There is one thing this group does have in common. The desire to travel, experience life’s adventures, meet new people — and to do it all affordably. HomeExchange.com makes it easy for all ages.
Take a look at some of these Members’ favorite experiences:
Once I decided to retire, I thoroughly researched all the home exchange companies. After a referral from a friend that validated our research, we joined HomeExchange.com. In 10 months’ time, we have done exchanges in Paris, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, and in downtown Denver. Our favorite aspect of exchanging is the expectation of living like a local in a new vacation spot and saving the money on rooming. It’s like having options for second homes all over the world.
Tom, from Colorado, Listing #446849
In the roughly one year since joining, we have done six exchanges and been living in other peoples’ homes for three months. From April next year we will be traveling through the USA for 12 months with a car we intend to purchase in Los Angeles. We have already secured 10 exchanges in various places to coincide with the route we will be taking. This will be a trip of a lifetime!
Roz and Steve, from Australia, Listing #403733
What to say about this first exchange in Boston? I did a home exchange this summer with a young couple. I met two lovely people, Jim and Tracy, absolutely lovely, very warm. They welcomed me with great kindness. From their terrace you can see beautiful sunsets over the Charles River. I found a very beautiful city with this exchange, but for me what I will keep from this trip is having met great people, who I hope I will stay in contact with.
Michèle, from France, Listing #363941
I’m 65, and a couple of years ago I retired from my job as a sociology lecturer. When one of my colleagues returned to work after the college holidays with a suntan (again!) — in February — I asked how she managed to have so many great holidays. She showed me the HomeExchange.com website, and I was bowled over by the simplicity of the idea, and the huge possibilities it opened up. I signed up straight away, and the following day I had an exchange offer from Florida! I’m so excited about being free to travel some more, and I have done 15 exchanges so far. One of the joys of being retired is having the flexibility to look for a last minute non-simultaneous exchange.
Tricia, from UK, Listing #117893
HomeExchange.com, if it didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent it! The skeptics tell us: “But, how you can do this? Strangers in your house… and then you go to their home as well?” Yes, of course! If there’s one thing that home exchangers have in common, it is not only the wish of saving money (which is important) but also precisely the wish to open up and share with others.
Franco, from Italy, Listing #91977
We are big HomeExchange.com fans! The fun thing of home exchange is that if a problem arises, it is always fixed a.s.a.p. Like in Madrid, we didn’t get hot water anymore in the shower. Our exchange partners solved this from The Netherlands by contacting a plumber and it was fixed in a day. In the meantime, we could use the fitness facilities down in the apartment building to take our shower.
Dirkje, from the Netherlands, Listing #171657
We arranged a one week exchange in Bali. The house was great, comfortable and close to the beach. We could visit one part of the island during the day and then come back to rest in such a pretty place. We learned why rice fields are listed in UNESCO World Heritage List. It was really an interesting trip we could do thanks to home exchange!
Sendo & Beatriz, from Spain, Listing #104531
We heard about homeexchange.com from a friend who had already been on many great trips, and it seemed worth a try. After our first exchange in Maui we realized that traveling the world would not only be a wonderful adventure, but a lot less expensive than we thought. So, by the end of 2003, home exchanging made it possible for Mark to retire early. Then I retired shortly after with both of us in our mid fifties. Since then we have enjoyed 77 exchanges with an average of 6 to 7 a year! Exchanging brings us an understanding of the people and places.
Julie and Mark, from California, Listings #51615 and #94706
We’re home exchangers! It’s a lifestyle. And even though we’re both retired now, the wanderlust is still there, and now we are able to go traveling anytime during the year. Without HomeExchange.com we would not have hiked in The Rocky Mountains, lived 15 minutes away from Niagara Falls, seen kangaroos, seen geysers in Iceland and lots of other things. Life as a home exchanger is still great. We don’t want to do without it; so we try to stay fit to be able to go on for many years to come.
Bente and Erik, from Denmark, Listing #11756