The time leading up to a very first home exchange is always filled with excitement. And also, sometimes, worry. These HomeExchangers share memories of their first times — the hesitations and doubts — and how they came away convinced and enthusiastic for more!

Sometimes one half of a couple has to convince the other half about the wisdom of home exchange. Here are some testimonials from HomeExchange members about what it took to convince their skeptical partners. And the very happy results.

Arranging your first home exchange is exciting, but some old habits and concerns die hard, even as new ones are being born. These six reminders from recent first-time HomeExchangers help put important first-time experiences into context. Reminder: You’re Saving Money HomeExchange makes it possible to visit places you might not otherwise believe you can afford. Open your mind to new possibilities, especially those that are old set-aside dreams.

New members are always joining HomeExchange. With them they bring an exciting new assortment of homes. Here are six reasons why you should always bookmark and review our New Listings Collection. By Victoria Ortiz Heraclitus famously said that “The only constant is change.” As travelers, we can all describe the many ways this sentiment resonates with us. And with a new year of change upon us, complete with resolutions and new travel plans, why not celebrate the new by exploring the New Listings Collection?

It’s true that welcoming in perfect strangers would be reason for unease; however, by the time a home exchange is arranged, you’re putting trust in friends, not unknown people.

Do your New Year’s resolutions include traveling more, making new friends and saving money? Check them all off in January by setting up a home exchange!

Meet Kirsten and Ellen, good friends from Copenhaguen and both freelance translators. They got two home exchanges almost for the same dates: Kirsten to Montreal and Ellen to Sydney. Since it was Kirsten’s first exchange, they decided to keep correspondence during their trips …And here’s their funny and entertaining result!

Free time? For many people it’s a foreign concept. From the moment the alarm goes off until night folds us into exhausted sleep, there’s a seemingly limitless supply of emails, family, friends and activities vying for attention. The calendar dates marked “vacation” march ever closer, but there never seems to be time to plan anything. When it’s just a few days away, do you sigh, renounce your holiday and stay put? No! HomeExchange connects thousands of users just like you searching for the perfect Last-Minute Exchange. There are…

Home Exchanging is much more than free accommodations. It’s sharing. Sharing your home, sharing a little bit of yourself, your hospitality, your favorite recipes, your insider knowledge on what makes your part of the world special and unique. Home Exchanging is much more than free accommodations. It’s sharing. Sharing your home, sharing a little bit of yourself, your hospitality, your favorite recipes, your insider knowledge on what makes your part of the world special and unique. One way our community expresses this is the welcome gift. Here are some stories of welcome gifts our members have shared with us.