The McCaleb family live in Tucson AZ, have been exchanging for 10 years and are proud members at HomeExchange.com. When people ask them why they travel so much, they simply tell them they “Home Exchange ”.
Here is a typical conversation I would have with someone after telling them we “Home Exchange”…
Really?! You let strangers stay in your home?!
Well, yes, we do. But by the time of the home exchange, we hardly feel like strangers anymore. We’ve been exchanging information via email and phone, finding out from one another what would enhance their visit, and letting them know what we hope to see and do in their area. For the most part a HomeExchanger is vested in their guests having a great experience. Some of our HE’ers have gone to great lengths to show us a good time. Some examples are, making reservations, leaving passes or admission tickets for us and arranging private tours at places we’d never be able to have seen or experienced otherwise: an exclusive restaurant reservations with personal attention from the chef; Personal driver and live-in housekeeper & chef; A private tour of the Lamborghini factory in Italy; And a personal hands-on visit in Lexington KY with American Pharaoh, the world’s most winningest race horse. I tell naysayers that the concept is based on a mutual trust and respect. You are staying in their home, and they are in your home. That reciprocity results in a desire to both please our guests, as well as to BE a good guest. Read More
Looking for an Exchange location that has room for the whole family? (And we do mean the whole family.) This collection of homes is made for you.
Few things form memories like having the whole family together in a new location. Everyone catching up around the table, going on adventures or, simply, getting away from the usual day-to-day stresses. We know how special it can be to reunite and that’s why we dove deep into our community and discovered some wonderful homes that are ideal for your next family gathering. Read More
Whether traveling with a large collection of family members or group made up of your family-of-choice, there are some things to consider when planning an Exchange.
Going on an Exchange with a big group is a great way to keep costs down and to take that trip you have been dreaming about. Before you go, here are a few things you should think about: Read More
Taking a trip with your extended family can be great… and it can also be, well, less than great.
While you are guaranteed to walk away from time together with many memories, there also could be a few bumps along the road. Read on to take a look at some of the best and less “fun” aspects of planning a Home Exchange with your extended family.
Your whole family is with you
Your WHOLE family is with you…and there could be days you wish they weren’t
Built in childcare!
If you don’t happen to have children, you can quickly become the built in childcare.
There is always someone there to lend a hand with whatever you might need.
There is ALWAYS someone there, even in the moments you wish you could be alone.
You will have plenty of people to help spread around the culinary responsibilities.
Too many cooks can make a good meal much more complicated. Beware those moments when knives are involved.
Costs can be spread around to make a trip much more affordable…
Unless there is that family member who always wants more than their share.
More heads equals more ideas for what to do!
More heads also equals many opinions to juggle and many more opportunities for uncomfortable “conversations”.
Through all the quality time, you are sure to get to know your family better.
With all that quality time, your family is going to get to know YOU better! (Alright, not totally a pitfall, unless they turn around and tell THAT story around strangers.)
Memories, memories and more memories
Sure, traveling with a family can be stressful, but in the end it creates so many wonderful moments that you may be willing to overlook the things that trip you up. You might enjoy it so much that you start planning another trip as soon as you return!
Have any fun moments of traveling with your extended family you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments!
Each year, millions of TripAdvisor travelers vote for the beaches they think are the best from around the world. Here are a few of 2017’s top coastal escapes.
If you are searching for a beach paradise to venture to, look no further. Here are 10 of the world’s best beaches as selected by travelers on TripAdvisor. Each location is truly spectacular with everything a beach-goer could ask for: perfect sand, refreshing waters and sun for days. What makes them even better is the fact that each destination is close to a HomeExchanger looking to exchange! So, where are you going to go first? Read More
Looking for some quality “pool time”? Wow, do we have a treat for you. Here is a selection of our favorite pools from around the world. They are so impressive, you may find staying poolside the ideal place to spend most of the time you are on your Exchange.
New members are always joining HomeExchange. Bring with them an exciting new assortment of homes. Here are some reasons why you should bookmark and review our New Listings Collection today.
Every day, brand new HomeExchange members add their homes to the 65,000+ listings across more than 150 countries. These new homes can be easily found in the New Listings Collection, which is automatically updated to include all listings that have been added in the last 30 days. That number regularly exceeds 2,000 listings from all over the world! Read More
As one of the most exquisite capital cities in the world, Paris is a hub of entertainment, decadent architecture and stunning scenery. With a wealth of idyllic homes and apartments available for home exchange when visiting the area, you might find yourself struggling to decide on which one to choose. Paris boasts several cool neighbourhoods to stay in during your visit and to help you make your selection, here are a few recommendations. Read More