Your Destination Alternatives

It isn’t unusual for members who live in some of our most popular destinations to get over 100 requests at a time. Sure, you can stand out in the crowd by utilizing personalized messages and being in a location that they want to visit, but even still, it can be a process to secure an exchange.

If you have some destination flexibility, you might want to try one of these fantastic alternatives.

Looking at New York? Try Boston


Rich with culture (and members), “Beantown” is an ideal option to explore if you can’t quite make the Big Apple happen. With over 200 members in the area, you’ll have plenty of options to explore. Go where everyone knows your name and visit Cheers, ride a “Duck” boat, or even take a side trip out to the Cape. If you have your heart set on the New York experience, there are also plenty of reasonably quick (and affordable) ways to get from Boston to NYC to help make your dreams a reality.

Explore Boston and the surrounding area now!

Searching in London? Discover Edinburgh


The banks of the river Thames calling your name but can’t quite answer the call? Give Edinburgh a chance. The city is more compact with a bit more hills, but it is easy enough to get around. Plus, with the rest of Scotland in your “backyard,” you will be hard-pressed to run out of things to do and see.

Head north and find fun in Edinburgh

Hoping for the lights of Paris? Try Brussels


While few places can compare to the “City of Lights,” it’s Belgian cousin can offer the delightful blend of cultures with almost 150 members. Dive into the food, explore the history or catch a train and take adventures to many of the lovely areas in the vicinity. Plus, who can say no to the mouth-wateringly delicious waffles, frites, and beer. Your taste buds will thank you.

Get a taste of Brussels

Going crazy looking in Los Angeles? Look at San Diego


The first thing to know when looking for an exchange in Los Angeles is that it is vast. That probably isn’t a surprise but no matter where you go, be prepared for sitting in traffic. That’s why we recommend going a little further south and checking out San Diego. With almost 300 members, this delightful city offers a host of excitement. Spend the day at the zoo and explore Balboa Park, take in the beaches or discover the thriving micro-brewery scene.

Go coastal in San Diego

The more flexible you are with your destinations, the better chance you’ll discover a whole different level of adventure. None of these options on your list? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll offer some other travel alternatives.

3 Comments on “Your Destination Alternatives

  1. Living in Western Australia, we sometimes find it difficult to find someone who will travel in opposite seasons, as it is winter here when it is summer in the Northern hemisphere. So we actually search for people that want to come to our part of the world. Then we can choose where we would like to explore from the there. It’s a great way to see some places you may not have even considered!

  2. When making an exchange request you should also think about the dates you request and how far in advance you make your request. We live in Edinburgh, one of the suggested alternatives, and we receive more exchange requests than we could ever accept, even though we are retired with freedom to travel any time.
    Edinburgh is extremely popular, especially during August, when the Edinburgh Festival is on. We are usually booked up for the summer months a year in advance, for August we are booked more than a year in advance.
    Edinburgh is a beautiful city, it’s a fantastic place to live and we love sharing it with visitors. We hope you will enjoy it too.

  3. Good advice! Sure, New York’ s a great place to visit, as is Boston. But we’re here in the Washington, DC area which has world class tourist attractions and also has easy access to NYC. So if I see a listing I’m interested in I always send a request even if Washington is not on their list of preferred places to travel. It’s a strategy that’s often worked to everyone’s advantage.

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