Free time? For many people it’s a foreign concept. From the moment the alarm goes off until night folds us into exhausted sleep, there’s a seemingly limitless supply of emails, family, friends and activities vying for attention. The calendar dates marked “vacation” march ever closer, but there never seems to be time to plan anything. When it’s just a few days away, do you sigh, renounce your holiday and stay put? No!
HomeExchange connects thousands of users just like you searching for the perfect Last-Minute Exchange. There are plenty of listings from existing HomeExchange members, but as our community is constantly growing, there are also always options shared by our newest members, all keen to get in on the exchange action. So if you need some ideas on how to seize the dream of travel, meet some of our newest members (arranged alphabetically by country).
Fall asleep to the sound of water flowing directly beneath your room in this Amazonian haven. The small-village life, devoid of cars, revolves around the river that drifts by right next to this four-bedroom, three-bath bungalow. Observe the dolphins, laze in a hammock or meet the local Uxizal community.
Seize the dream in our 500+ homes in Brazil.
Ample natural light fills the open-air living room in this superb contemporary three-bedroom, two-bath family home 20 minutes from downtown Montreal. In summer, fire up the BBQ and enjoy the heated pool and spa in the backyard. Don’t miss the parks, rivers and bike trails within easy walking distance of the front door.
Seize the dream in our 800+ homes in and around Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Escape the masses in this 2,000-square-foot sanctuary in Shanghai’s most desirable neighborhood. The four-bedroom, three-bath apartment in the FFC (Formerly French Concession) provides easy access to parks and the best cafes in the city. Kids will find plenty of toys, and adults can watch the city lights from the magnificent patio.
Seize the dream in our 40+ homes in China.
This gorgeous four-bedroom, two-bath chalet awaits you after a day of skiing or biking in France’s Haut Jura National Park. Stare at the stars from the comfort of the living room or grill on the terrace. Waterfalls and natural wonders abound, yet Geneva is only an hour away.
Seize the dream in our 350+ homes in eastern France and western Switzerland.
White stone archways give gravitas to this 300-year-old Greek island home. Set in an old village among green valleys, this three-bedroom, three-baths home has been thoughtfully updated to provide modern conveniences such as a gourmet kitchen and rooftop veranda. After you explore the nearby ruins, stop into the tavern for a drink and to meet the friendly locals.
Seize the dream in our 130+ homes in Greece.
Fancy a cup of tea? The only question will be which room to drink it in. This beautifully manicured, 3,800-square-foot Edwardian home circa 1910 features five large bedrooms and bathrooms, and a massive gourmet kitchen. Nestled on the south side of Dublin Bay, the house delivers easy access to the seafront, parks and shops.
Seize the dream in our 300+ homes in Dublin, Ireland.
City or country? With this cozy Amsterdam two-bedroom, two-bath house, you get both! Ditch the car and pedal your bike to the nearby beach, the nature preserve or into the city center for hipster hot spots and the Van Gogh Museum.
Seize the dream in our 1,000+ homes in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Serenity, beauty and magnificent sunsets. All that and even a giraffe greet you at this four-bedroom, four-bath South African game lodge. Don’t let the colonial theme and thatched roof fool you. After a day at the local game reserve you can retire to deluxe modern conveniences like comfy sofas and a heated pool.
Seize the dream in our 250+ homes in South Africa.
Situated near one of the most important streets in Barcelona, this four-bedroom, two-bath apartment promises a bright, tranquil reprieve after a day of exploring. The community garden and adjacent supermarkets may make you feel like you’re in a charming village, even though you’re just five minutes from the famed Camp Nou sports stadium.
Seize the dream in our 950+ homes in Barcelona, Spain.
Breathe in the crisp mountain air in this four-bedroom, three-bath luxury home. Located on the Tahoe Donner golf course and featuring the latest surround-sound and visual technology, and spacious living, dining and sleeping areas, this house guarantees enjoyment. Guests have access to pools and a workout center, as well as myriad trails and outdoor activities.
Seize the dream in our 350+ homes in northern-central California, USA.
It may be called The Big Apple, but a great many of Manhattan’s apartments are notoriously small. Not so with this modern two-bedroom, two-bath gem located a short stroll from Times Square. Sip a glass of wine or read a newspaper from the private, wrap-around balcony before going to a show or just strolling under the midtown lights.
Seize the dream in our 700+ homes in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Thanks to Victoria Ortiz for her research and her words on this.