In November 2021, José Antonio and his partner McKenzie traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Rico for a relaxing island getaway. As experienced exchangers, they shared details with us about their trip and also gave advice for a successful HomeExchange experience.

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

We loved the long spiral staircase to the sunroof with gorgeous views of the ocean and fireworks at night.

What did you appreciate most about your exchange partner?

Our exchange partner responded instantly to our request and made a spontaneous, last-minute getaway possible.


What did you see or do during your exchange?

We enjoyed swimming in the pool, cooking meals and eating outside on the patio, discovering the best passion fruit ice cream, hiking to waterfalls, and swimming in secluded ocean coves.

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

The summer my siblings and I learned to play chess, sitting outside on the balcony of our HomeExchange Parisian apartment, above the bustling city streets below.


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

HomeExchange is the most authentic way to travel. We connect with families across the world in deep and meaningful ways through opening our homes and cultures to others.

What tips and tricks would you give to new HomeExchangers?

Communicate efficiently and often. Communication can be varied through video calls, email, or phone. Building trust and a connection is key. Making sure both parties can get in touch with each other during the exchange is also important.


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