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 when the offer of a condo in Mexico came up we thought ‘Why not?’ But then we had a ‘light bulb’ moment that later turned out to change our life for the next 12 months. What if we don’t head back home after that? How about we just keep going? How could others benefit from following a ‘Round the World in Home Exchanges’ experiment?
We are Hannah and Chris from LovePlayWork.com, a British couple who have been home exchanging for about 3 years.
We got the idea from my sister who used to take her young family away each summer, before they grew up! What surprises us is that apart from the lovely couples and families we have met through our own home exchanges we don’t know anyone else who does it. We can tell you though that pretty much EVERYONE we speak to is fascinated by the idea. We’d like to give them a nudge to try it out for themselves one day.
We can’t tell you how delighted we were when HomeExchange.com contacted us to say they loved the idea.
All but one of our previous exchanges has been through home exchange.com so we know how generous and thoughtful the members are, how efficient the exchange process and how great the range of home options. It was the natural choice for us, but would they be interested in supporting us? A few Skype calls later with the team, including Keghan and founder Ed Kushins …. and it was clear we could all see the potential of this ‘experiment’ and were keen to making it a massive success for everyone involved in home exchanging.
HomeExchange.com and ourselves share the same objectives; to promote home exchanging as far and wide as possible, encouraging new members and growing our community. And secondly, to spread the word about how straightforward it is to run a business while you travel, so hopefully more people will realize they don’t have to be tied to their desk if they don’t want to anymore. There is a big wide world out there waiting for you to explore (and earn a living while you do it!).
We hope that our trip inspires some of those people thinking about dipping their toe into home exchanging. But to make this trip a success we need YOUR help. We need you to tell as many people as you can about it! They can then follow our adventures as well, as we hop from country to country, living in new neighbourhoods, making new friends, exploring towns, lakes, beaches, mountains, restaurants….whatever each location has to offer! There will be inspirational as well as challenging moments but we will be taking photos, holding interviews, recording video diaries, writing blogs- sharing our adventures of what ‘round the world in home exchanges’ and running a business is really like.
We would also love for you to get involved. This is a big trip which is bound to have ups and downs. I’m sure we’ve all faced minor roadblocks and re-routes while arranging our exchanges, so it will be interesting to see what a year’s worth will bring! We are desperate not to break the challenge and have to stay in a hotel. We would love to show that it is possible to find a home every night for the whole trip, just from drawing on the resources we have as a community. So check out our map to follow our progress and if we are coming to a place near you please let us know.
Plus, watch out for a special invite to a fantastic event which will be coming your way soon!
So that’s us and our ‘Round the World in Home Exchange’ experiment. We’d love to share it with you so please do keep an eye out for our updates on the www.loveplaywork.com. Let us know your thoughts or comments about this plan, and we are always open to suggestions of things to do in your area!
We are Psychologist Hannah and IT expert Chris and we’ve spent 5 years traveling the world whilst running our own business. Home exchanging has been a big part of making that happen! You can learn the 7 refreshing ‘get there quick’ shortcuts to creating your own location independent lifestyle from our loveplaywork.com homepage. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates.