Making the Most of Your Golden Years

If, in your golden years, you would like to travel but don’t want to, or can’t, spend a lot of money to do it, you need to know about home exchange. This can not only enable you to  save thousands of dollars on accommodations and car rentals, but also allow you to live like a local, […]

The World of Home Exchange

Here’s another reason to thank a teacher: It was teachers and other academics who pioneered exchanging homes in an organized way in the 1950s. Because they had the summers off they had plenty of time to travel but typically needed to do it less expensively. Because home exchange offers so many compelling benefits – free […]

Blog Series: Share Your Home Exchange Story


After all is said and done, it’s the home exchange experiences you actually have that determine whether exchanging homes enriches your life or brings you problems. We can tell you that our own experiences have enriched our lives immeasurably and we have heard the same thing from many other people, but it is perhaps the […]

How to Create Your Own Personal Home Exchange Web Page


The first question to ask yourself about having a personal web page is:  Why would you need or want one? For home exchange purposes, the major home exchange web sites allow you to do quite a good job of presenting your home to potential exchangers.  You can put a large number of pictures in your […]

2 Gadgets That Make Our Life Better When We’re At Home and When we Travel


Like a pair of comfortable old shoes, these two little gadgets have established a place in our lives and in our affection.  Together, they fill a little niche and produce a big bang for the buck. The SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3player  is very small and weighs less than an ounce.    It costs around $55.  You […]

If you Want to Learn the Language in the Country Where You Have a Home Exchange


If you love languages, want to keep your mind active, and would enjoy engaging with the people you will meet in a foreign country, you may want to consider a home exchange for a long enough period of time to allow for language study. We ourselves decided last year to commit to trying to learn […]

Back Home From Your Home Exchange


  When you return home from a home exchange you are most likely to find your home neat and clean, as this is a common basic trait of exchangers – to leave the exchange home in at least as good a condition as they found it.  Usually there will also be a thank-you note and […]

Choosing a Home Exchange Website


  The first step in home exchange is deciding which home exchange website(s) to sign up with.   There are fifty or more websites you can find and consider by doing web searches such as “home exchange” or “home swap”. The following are some of the factors to consider in deciding which website to sign up […]

Preparing Your Listing


Your listing is very important because it will be the information other members will use to evaluate whether they will want to exchange with you.  You want it to make the best impression possible but of course it is essential that you be absolutely truthful about what an exchange partner will experience.   As mentioned before, […]

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Staying in Touch When You Travel


  Many times nowadays your exchange home will have not only broadband internet access, but also a computer with Skype or other means to make international calls cheaply or free. If you have a wireless internet connection either in the home you’re staying in, or at an internet café, it is very advantageous to have […]

How to Find A Good Home Exchange Partner


  Sometimes, delightfully, you will receive an unexpected exchange request from an exchanger with a marvelous house, say, with a pool, in a marvelous place, say, near a national park in Australia,  who wants to do an exchange at a time that suits you perfectly.  That is wonderful, but you should know that it doesn’t […]