When we retired and returned to Canada, we originally wondered if our small island town would provide year-round interest to other home exchangers. We also wondered if exchanging homes would suit our revised travel needs. While we wanted to continue seeing the world, we also wanted to explore places closer to home. We could no longer tack on a personal jaunt to business travel that coincided with an official holiday. In addition, our vacation budget had become significantly tighter.

Here are 11 of our favorite brewtopias (in alphabetical order), especially when it comes to craft beer. Of course, we never wait for October to quaff, but there’s something especially right about enjoying them as crisp autumn weather arrives.

You love music festivals and have no plans yet for the summer? Check out this fun and local suggestion by Christine, a HomeExchange Member living in Quebec!   You love music? Great stars, small bands, street artists? Pop, rock? You would like to discover music from Quebec or from around the world? There is music for every taste at the Festival d’été de Québec. 11 days with 300 shows on 10 stages. Sting & Peter Gabriel will be heading the list this year, but dozens of others will also be present….

Here are a few fantastic festivals in some great HomeExchange locales. And they’re all free!

Last year, I decided to visit Brazil during the Carnival. I was nervous about the chaos of Carnival, and the needed budget. I’d been told that staying in Brazil during that time can be crazy expensive — for instance, a bed in a dorm of 10 people in a random hostel in Rio might cost 700€ a week! I was staying a whole month.  So I started sending home exchange requests.  And it was easier than I thought it would be — maybe Brazilians were eager to visit…

Do you dream of taking in a major sporting event, historic milestone, or arts/music festival? Why not turn your trip into a true vacation by adding in some relaxation and cultural immersion? One great way to do so is through a home exchange.

Take flight with these top film and music festivals from around the globe. There’s something for every film and music type from the sleepy-town adventurer (see Telluride Film Festival) to the eclectic music enthusiast (check out the Mysteryland in The Netherlands). Wherever you want to go in the coming months, there are amazing places to see and explore.   Film Festivals 1. Los Angeles, California From the land of movie magic, there’s a plethora of film festivals throughout the year. The Hollywood Film Festival, October 16-19, 2014, showcases…