Jump Start Your Holiday Planning

Is time already to organize your end-of-year adventures?

Your summer (or winter, if you’re in the southern part of the world) is about to come to a close, and school is almost back in session. The time is fast approaching when you have to unpack your back and get back to work. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for your next vacation! Now is the perfect time to get a head-start on thinking about where you’d like to go for the end of the year. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Tip 1: Think ahead for a better exchange

If you want to swap homes with your preferred destinations, it is best to take the lead! By starting now, you can beat the “holiday rush” and connect with Members who live in the most popular locations, before everyone else! Since there is a good chance your potential Exchange Partner hasn’t made their plans yet, you can start dreaming of what to do while everyone else is still figuring out where to go. Don’t wait! Send an inquiry message now and let them know that you’re interested in spending your next holiday exploring their area.

Did you know? You can now add the “Exchange Balloons” filter when you search for your next exchange! Balloons offer another way to organize a non-reciprocal exchange, so by utilizing the search filter, you will see the results of homes interested in redeeming your Balloon!


Tip 2: Turn to the HomeExchange community

Looking for some inspiration to avoid a “traditional” family vacation? Turn to the HomeExchange community and unlock a gold-mine of travel recommendations and home exchange tips and tricks! One of the best ways to connect with fellow exchange enthusiasts is through our Members-only Facebook groups. With over 19 groups available, you don’t have to pick just one to join. More Members are participating daily, and there is always a conversation going on in these amazingly active groups.

Did you know? Many HomeExchange regularly coordinate gatherings when they are in the same region! Feel free to start a discussion or create a meetup event in the group so you can get together and explore your shared passion for travel.


Tip 3: Surprise travel partners with unique activities

Build anticipation by having your travel companions (children and child-like adults) join in on the planning by asking them to help dream up fun, and different things do on vacation. Not only will it help pass the time but it will also get them excited about the experience. Are you heading to the snow? Try ice climbing or skijoring (skiing while being pulled by dogs). Choosing to go somewhere a little warmer? Plan on making ice cream using local flavors or explore a natural wonder. Whatever you end up planning, the fun comes from looking forward to spending time together and the chance to do something outside of your comfort zone.

We know that, in the end, the most unique and authentic experience you can organize for your family will, of course, be a home exchange! Explore, go on an adventure, and use the time to live like a local.

Now we turn to you, where are you looking to go for your next vacation? Share your year-end travel desires in the comments below.



2 Comments on “Jump Start Your Holiday Planning

  1. Hello,
    I AM an “old exchanger” and I like the new system of balloons.
    But to keep the initial deal of exchange,I think you could offer a balloon when we have made 3 exchanges.

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