How does a single mom save nearly $11,000 in vacation expenses and have an amazing summer? By exchanging her home. After doing the math, Emma realized just how much money HomeExchange had saved her in board and bicycles in just one summer after swapping her “decent-sized sunny Queens two-bedroom apartment” in New York City for 10 days on Lake Michigan and another three weeks in Copenhagen.

What began as a whimsical experiment to see if anyone would want to stay in the small town of Forres in Northeast Scotland transformed into the trip of a lifetime. 19 back-to-back exchanges within 6 months. Elspeth and James tell us all about it.

Ask anyone who’s been there, and they will confirm—New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and it should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. New Zealand is a young country. It compensates through its cultural diversity and friendly communities of the Maori settlers and immigrants from every corner of the world. Also, New Zealand showcases a variety of spectacular sights such as mountain ranges, glaciers, picturesque fjords, crystal clear lakes, subtropical forests, volcanic plateaus and miles of coastline with beautiful sandy beaches. Still,…

Before you take a trip, ask your exchange partner a few questions about places to go, see and do. However, there are a few other questions you could pose that could help you save money on your next trip. Doing a bit of research ahead of time will set you up with a great plan of action when you start your vacation. Here are a few insider tips and questions to ask your exchange partner as well as other ideas on how to find big savings on your next trip!

HomeExchange.com, as we all know, opens up new horizons. It turns you from a tourist into a traveler. You have more of the inside track on life in whatever city, village, town, far-flung field than anyone who’s booked themselves into a hotel. It’s also very affordable. Free in fact.

Learn how to save even more money when you travel with HomeExchange.com by using these sharing economy resources. Post by Dawn Paulinski, avid traveler, devoted to exploring the world cheaply.

The Crazy Idea We had one of those crazy ideas a few weeks ago; you know the sort you haven’t really thought through but just fire up your imagination? We were looking forward to our next home exchange to Oregan and another offer came through, this time for Mexico. Now, we are very lucky in that we work for ourselves and have set up our business in a way that we can run it from anywhere in the world (as long as it has an internet connection!) So…