The nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air, and your winter woollies are being dug out in preparation for the weather ahead! While some of us may love this season, others wish they could extend the summer temperatures we enjoyed this year! October half term is almost upon us, which means we have another opportunity for a getaway! Yes, it may be last minute, but isn’t the excitement of being spontaneous so tempting? Whether you want to wrap up here in the UK, or you…

100% Response Rates

As an experienced HomeExchanger, you know how exciting it is when you get a response to an Exchange Enquiry. Even if that response is a simple “Sorry, not at this time,” it is nice to know that someone has taken a moment to give your request serious consideration. But what does that magic Response Rate number really mean? Why should you aim for a high Response Rate? It increases your search presence It lets other Members know that you are more likely to answer their enquiries in a…

The McCaleb family live in Tucson AZ, have been exchanging for 10 years and are proud members at HomeExchange.com. When people ask them why they travel so much, they simply tell them they “Home Exchange ”.   Here is a typical conversation I would have with someone after telling them we “Home Exchange”… Really?! You let strangers stay in your home?! Well, yes, we do. But by the time of the home exchange, we hardly feel like strangers anymore. We’ve been exchanging information via email and phone, finding out from one another what would enhance…

Happy HomeExchangers Share Their Best-Evers!

Warm and friendly people, gorgeous locations, thrilling experiences (including the marriage of two HomeExchange Members!), and unforgettable memories. These are what make for “favorite exchanges.” Here are stories from some happy home exchangers about their best-evers…so far.

The Real Reason Kids Should Travel

Home Exchange Member, Joy Orr,  shares her thoughts on the important lessons travel teaches our children. I’d spent my whole life travelling across Europe and around the world, but alas, it had only been in books. I’d experienced the beauty of Tuscany, the magic of Paris, the drama of London. But for more than 40 years, it was only in my imagination through the power of great writing. As my daughter was getting older and experiencing her own adventures through reading, and she began to long to see…

After having received the gift of HomeExchange.com membership, Valerie Knight set our for her first Home Exchange, a trip to Vancouver Island in Canada’s Western province, British Columbia. In Valerie’s words… This is my first year of Home Exchange and first experience of exchanging homes, what a success it has been. Within a couple of weeks of my listing going live I was contacted by a couple from Parksville on Vancouver Island who have family living near me in Lancing, UK.  Flights were booked and towards the end…

HomeExchange.com voted number one "Best Website For Booking Your Stay"

It was back at the beginning of October when we first announced the news. HomeExchange.com was nominated by USATODAY 10Best for a Reader’s Choice Award as Best App/Website for Booking Your Stay. We asked you, our community, to help us out with a vote, letting the world know that Home Exchange is the number one way to book your stay.

For many, the travel experience is all about the food, the culture and the sights a location offers. Although everyone wants a comfortable place to stay, your lodging might mainly be a place to drop your bags and lay your head down at night. You may not need a Home Exchange with six bedrooms, a formal dining room,  home theater and enough space to host a family reunion. Can you own a small home and be a successful Home Exchange member? Will you be able to travel the…

HomeExchange badges

HomeExchange.com introduced Badges recently as friendly indicators to help you get to know one another and showcase your involvement in the community. The response has been fantastic and many Members would like to know how they can earn more. Looking for the Photo Pro Badge? Be sure you have uploaded 10 or more hi-resolution images. Need help with photos? Read more about how to take the best photos for your Listing here: Read More Want to don the Expert Responder Badge? Communication is key at HomeExchange.com so be…