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…


“Winter is Coming” – Time to wax your skis and snowboards, fellow wintjsphuorts enthusiasts. Our team has picked out seven lovely homes near or in ski resort areas that will appeal to everyone. Jacuzzis, beautiful views, ski in – ski out, you name it, we’ve got it. Stay on a Home Exchange and stretch your skiing budget. 1. Luxury Chalet in Charming Saas Fee, Switzerland

Hard to describe the amazing green lushness of Akaka Falls State Park. A must see on the east side of the Big Island.Marcus R. Donner © 2015

Meet Home Exchange members, Peg and Marcus, who recently spent time a little off the beaten path, away from the crowds on Hawaii’s Big Island!   We’re Peg and Marcus and we live in Seattle, Washington. We joined HomeExchange last fall. After having our listing up for only one month, we were contacted by Amy and Doug from Hilo, Hawaii about doing an exchange in July. We thought, we’ve never been to the Big Island, why not? After setting up our exchange and buying our plane tickets, we…


By HomeExchange Team Member, Yvette Wang “Life is too short to drink heinous wine.” Do you love wine? Do you consider yourself a casual drinker or a connoisseur perhaps? A good glass of wine can put a smile on your face, and a great wine will make you get up and dance (it has happened to me). Do you know what can make that glass of great wine even better? Personalize it. Travel to where the wine is made and meet the people who have dedicated themselves to…


We are looking for the PHOTO OF THE MONTH in our community! Will it be yours? #HomeExchangeFoodies Send us your drool-worthy, travel food photos, and show us why you should be named our foodie of the month! Whether it’s from a food truck, farmers market, or a Three Michelin Star rated restaurant, post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #HomeExchangeFoodies and show us why you should be our foodie of the month.      


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….

foodie travel

Meet foodie bloggers and members, Zuzi and Jan, of, who believe that the best way to see a culture is to taste its food and live like a local. We love to travel. Living in Prague, a town of sights, we rarely do sightseeing when we travel ourselves. Instead, we travel for food, our passion. We love to taste what is local and seasonal. When we travel, we like to stay away from the crowds: we want to do what the locals do, and learn about their life and culture….


These 10 homes are the most viewed of the 17,000+ listings in the United States. Let’s find out what made them so popular, and perhaps you’ll find one that you will wish to exchange with. 1. White Sulphur Springs, Montana, USA Looking for a place that can accommodate a family reunion, or a large group traveling together? This spacious seven bedroom home is located inside the Lewis and Clark National Forest, surrounded by 2 million acres of National Forest. The home is in a very remote part of…


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…