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!

No matter where in the world you are, fall seems to be beer season. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite beer festivals around the world. (Just remember to drink responsibly!) 1. Oktoberfest Munich, Germany Flickr: trentstrohm / Creative Commons Of course we have to kick it off with the mother of all beer festivals: Oktoberfest. This gigantic festival (it received around 6 million visitors last year) has been running since 1810 and commemorates the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and…

Did you know that HomeExchange.com is a totally virtual company? Our team gathers once a year to learn, brainstorm, share ideas, and have some fun. We just returned from our annual meeting in beautiful Mont-Tremblant, Canada, and we couldn’t be more excited about the year ahead.

HomeExchange.com team members and Montréalais Paul and Jean-Jacques are giving us the inside scoop on the best fun and free things to do in Montreal. 1. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts The Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal offers free admission for the majority of its collections at all times. The only paid exhibitions are temporary collections. MBAM also offers regular tours, film screenings, seminars, and conferences, always free.   2. Admire the Botanical Garden The Montreal Botanical Garden opens its doors for free every evening from…

Biking is a fun, healthy, and eco-friendly way to see the sights. Read on for our picks for the top ten most bike-friendly cities worldwide, and let us know where your favorite place is to get around on two wheels. 1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Amsterdam is positioned firmly at number one when it comes to bicycle-friendliness. More than 40% of the city’s commutes happen on two wheels, and public bikes are widely available to rent. In addition, there are plans to build a bike parking structure at the…