It can be hard to believe but the holiday season is right around the corner. Do you have your year-end exchanges planned yet? Don’t wait for 2019 to have an incredible holiday, here are a few destinations that might inspire you to get planning now. Australia & New Zealand Be among the first to celebrate the new year and head “down under.” Whether you opt for the excitement of Sydney, the beauty of Auckland, or want to countdown before exploring the Golden Coast, a trip to Australia offers…

Spring is the ideal time for a weekend getaway. We asked the HomeExchange.com fans on Facebook to share their recommendations for a weekend getaway near them. Here are the 10 spectacular destinations they came up with. Loire Valley, France Photo Credit: Matthew Badger CC via flickr The Loire Valley — 2 hours south of Paris, in the center of the country — is known for its stunning royal castles, Renaissance palaces, medieval fortresses and impressive cathedrals. This area has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique…

New York, Paris, London… they’re all must-visit locations, to be sure. But venture off the beaten path and you’ll find equally amazing, totally underrated destinations worthy of a vacation all their own. 1. Maastricht, Netherlands photo credit: Lightmash via photopin cc While not as well known as Amsterdam or The Hague, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this historic city. You can explore it entirely on foot, which might be just what you need after dining at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants.   2. Durango, Colorado, USA photo credit: gunnyrat via photopin…

Of course you could travel to Paris, Barcelona, or Rome, but tucked away beyond the big cities are some truly beautiful destinations. To get you started, here are some of our favorite hidden villages in Europe. Bornholm, Denmark photo credit: Steenbergs via photopin cc The island of Bornholm might not be a secret for Danes, but it’s new to many foreigners. It’s a popular summer getaway spot for locals, with a fantastic coastline, great opportunities for outdoor activities, and a rich history. You can also visit the tiny…

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