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.

The Sharing Economy is a favorite talking point in many travel circles, especially as sharing homes, cars, and meals through companies like HomeExchange.com, Uber, and EatWith grows in popularity and reach. The Climate Change Conference in Paris is a helpful reminder that this “collaborative consumption” movement, which helps find more productive uses for underutilized assets, is having a transformative effect on travelers’ wallets and minds, as well as the environment. This movement is a key and growing component of sustainable tourism. Here’s how: The Sharing Economy… 1. Reduces…

Dawn has started offering tours around her neighborhood to folks whose home exchange offers she can’t accept. She calls it ‘home town tour swapping’.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy local and authentic cuisine while traveling, and we have two more ways to eat local, support the community and get to know the farmers and producers. The best part is these services can also be used when you’re at home. It’s all about Collaborative Consumption (#collcons), and to better understand this movement, two of our Home Exchange team members tried FoodAssembly and EatWith.  

We found a recipe for the perfect home exchange! Do you have any ingredients you’d like to add? Share them with us in the comments below! Ingredients 2 lbs of Trust 1 and 1/2 cups of Communication 1/4 cup of Courtesy 2 tbsp of an Open Mind 1 tbsp of Location 1 tsp of Flexibility A pinch of Organization A dash of Adventurous Spirit   Servings: Unlimited Preparation time: The earlier, the better. Directions 1. Create your listing. Add Photos, descriptions, and sharing preferences. Cook until it is well-done. 2….

Before the Internet, one of the most popular ways to learn about the world was to find a pen pal in some faraway country and to write a letter to them. Weeks later, a reply showed up in our mailbox — a thin, pale blue, airmail envelope with exotic stamps and our name written out carefully. It was magical. Teachers to the World Usually, it was an elementary school teacher who introduced us to this pleasant practice, often in service of a lesson on geography. It was a…

You might think that home exchanging is a new concept, but did you know that HomeExchange.com has been around since 1992? Check out this quick history of home swapping!

Being a HomeExchange.com member is valuable in many ways. Of course there are the obvious benefits of saving money on travel and having a larger living space, a kitchen, a washing machine…everything you’d expect in a home! But swapping homes is also a learning experience, and the unique lessons it teaches shouldn’t be overlooked. 1. People are trustworthy. In this day and age, it’s easy to become jaded about the other humans with whom we share the planet. However, home exchangers tend to have a different outlook. Because…

There’s a big world of home sharing out there. To help you sort it out, we’ve created this handy infographic!