New Zealand delivers with amazing diversity! Where else can you find glaciers that reach into rain forests, hike stark volcanic terrain, visit lush Hobbit landscapes featured in the Lord of the Rings, go sailing with multiple stops at wineries, have miles of gorgeous beaches all to yourself, and cruise fjords with hundreds of gushing waterfalls. New Zealand is not a big country but it packs a lot in.

There is so much here that you really need to plan an extended stay. Home Exchange makes it all possible. We were lucky enough to plan four in a row. Throw in a road trip and a sailing charter with friends and we were all set for a seven week adventure. Read More

Clicking “Search Homes” on is only the first step. Whether you are looking for a specific destination or wanting to explore, the search page is your new favorite travel companion. Sure, there are the standard options to consider, like where you want to go and number of bedrooms you need. But click on “More Filters” and a whole world of possibilities becomes available. From contemporary to cozy, take some time to refine your search so you discover exactly what you want to experience.

So, how do you make “Search” work for you? Read More

Welcoming new friends to your home is one of the most thrilling and rewarding parts of a Home Exchange journey. At the same time, many people new to HomeExchange find preparing their home for visitors a bit overwhelming. Even the most experienced HomeExchange veterans can learn from the combined knowledge of the community.

We’ve asked many HomeExchangers; “what do you do to get ready for a home exchange?” and compiled their answers in a comprehensive list of tips, tricks, and downright good sense suggestions. From supplies to safety tips, we are happy to present our 2017 HomeExchange Ready checklist.

(Download this checklist as a printable PDF)

The comparison with having friends to stay really resonated for me – I go around tidying up and trying to make the place presentable when friends stay. Doing an exchange is not that much of a leap.” Sophie, UK Read More

You need a break. That big trip you planned is still several pages of the calendar away. Don’t settle for another weekend of household chores – plan a weekend getaway with HomeExchange!

You don’t need to travel far to enter vacation mode. Instead of spending significant chunks of time (and money) exploring distant locales, why not discover destinations closer to home? Setting aside a weekend to explore a near destination will give you more time to play and unwind while taking a lot less time getting there. Read More

If you are seeking a healthy dose of happiness, Vitamin D might just be the magic pill. The best part? Sunshine is free! Tropical paradises will immerse you in a mixture of nature, history, culture and wildlife. You might find a balance of exhilaration and relaxation, adventure and pampering. So pack your bags, grab your sunglasses and head to one of these sun-filled destinations. You’ll find happiness almost immediately!


Channel the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii, United States

The near-constant sun, the temperate sea, and leis made of flowers make Hawaii close to happiness incarnate. The islands combine the perfect blend of beaches and wildlife, delicious food and a welcoming culture. You won’t want to miss the chance to experience some astonishing stargazing and the chance to live like a local. Grab a surfboard and channel the spirit of the ocean! There is truly no better place to get away and with over 400 listings, you’re sure to find a home you’ll want to bring the whole ohana (it means family) along to visit. Read More

Arizona is a place that inspires, invigorates and exhilarates. Whether you’re planning a short weekend or a long, leisurely trip, Arizona is packed with activities to experience, from outdoor activities to foodie fun to kid-friendly destinations. Keep reading to learn how to visit Arizona like a local and stay for free!

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By Victoria Ortiz

It’s your first time on, so you naturally navigate to our interactive map where you can search from over 65,000 world-spanning listings. What do you search for? If you’re like some users, you skip “Paris” or “New York City” and you put in your own home town. What you find may surprise you.

Your neighbors are listed on the site! Well, maybe not your literal neighbors, but there are sure to be some folks in your area. And there’s a reason for it. Over a million exchanges have successfully been arranged through the site and chances are that at least one of them was within your local area. Keeping up with the Joneses has never been so easy, fun, or inspirational. They’ve learned that HomeExchange lets you live like a local wherever you want to go and saving money at the same time. Read More

Little did she think when she dropped the first letter into the post box offering their house for exchange that this was a process she was destined to repeat many times over the next thirty years!

As time has gone by, the means of communication have become more sophisticated – letters and phone calls being superseded by faxes, and these in turn by e mailmaking the entire process simpler and quicker. What has not changed though is that thrill of anticipation when a communication arrives offering a house swap with details of their home and themselves. Read More