Ryan and Kami tell us about their trip to the Pacific Coast and all the local experiences they enjoyed, thanks to their host.
How did you find your exchange?
I contacted the other member in search of an exchange.
What attracted you to this exchange opportunity?
Kami was signed up for a 10km race in Victoria, British Columbia and we wanted to incorporate a road trip into Oregon and/or Washington with it. Neighbors of ours had been in this area a couple of years prior and had raved about it. In the end they ended up coming along with us which allowed them to experience home exchanging for the first time and I think we have won them over.
How was your arrival at the home?
We did not get to meet our host in person, but did skype with her prior to the exchange so she could pass on some tips. We have done this before as we find it more convenient when asking numerous questions. It also allows you take advantage of talking to a "local" about the area before arriving. Our host was very helpful and we were very grateful for her recommendation of a hike in the nearby state park.
What did you see or do during your exchange?
We made the most of our short stay in Oregon. We visited some of the breweries in Cannon Beach, but also in the nearby towns of Seaside and Astoria. We spent a day hiking in Ecola State Park and managed to spot both a bald eagle and a whale. Walks along the beach were also amazing with the gorgeous rock outcrops off in the distance.
What is your favorite memory from the exchange?
Our best memories would probably come from our second day when we used the bus to travel to Astoria. This allowed us to meet the locals when asking directions and recommendations, but also to talk over a beer at the small breweries. We really got an idea of the history of the town when wandering the streets. These are our favorite days when doing a home exchanging as we feel less like tourists and more like visitors.
How would you describe home exchange to your family and friends?
It is a unique way to travel that allows you to visit places that you normally wouldn't go. At the same time, you save a lot of money on the accommodation.