Michele Russell and her kids traveled to Eureka, California for a vacation to see the world’s tallest trees: the redwoods. With over 10 exchanges under her belt, Michele shared her experience with swapping homes, traveling in an ADA-accessible way, as well as some advice for newcomers to HomeExchange.

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What did you appreciate most about the home you stayed in?

The casual and fun exchange. The trust. We took care of their cat, dog, and fish. There was food in the fridge and fresh fruit. There were toys out to share. We both agreed to pick up and leave it reasonably clean but not to worry too much about making everything too perfect as getting out the door on vacation with children is stressful enough


What did you appreciate most about your exchange partner?

Good communication and positive, uplifting energy.

What did you see or do during your exchange?

We visited the Redwood Forest and found an amazing ADA-accessible trail for my son in a wheelchair. We found accessible activities the whole family could enjoy together outdoors.

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What is one of your best memories or experiences from a home exchange?

Hosting while still home and sharing the home.


What would you say to your friends and family who are considering HomeExchange?

So much fun if you are comfortable with people in your home. It's a great inexpensive way to travel, have new experiences and meet new people. For us, it’s a great way to travel with wheelchair accessible needs. Just a great community of people.

What tips and tricks would you give to new HomeExchangers?

Don’t worry too much about the small stuff. Just do it and have fun.


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