At HomeExchange, we take joy in discovering all that the world has to offer, from continent to continent, and our community is uniquely suited to offer a wide array of homes to explore. From mountains or beaches, to cities or countryside farmhouses we’ve compiled the homes that have inspired you to do more of what you love - travel.
Uncover 10 of our most popular homes that helped to fill 2018 with unforgettable memories and adventures.
Your family’s French countryside escape
Situated in a region surrounded by the flora and fauna of several national parks, this restored farmhouse is a picturesque French countryside getaway. With spacious rooms, a table long enough to fit all of your closest friends and family, and a children’s playroom, this home couldn’t be anymore ideal for large families with young children. Spend Saturday mornings exploring the local markets of nearby towns before putting your cooking skills to the test and utilize the bread oven to cook over an open fire before basking in the sunshine on the raised terrace.
Your Spanish retreat
With Fernando’s sweet Spanish countryside home just an hour north of Barcelona, a short car ride to the beaches or to the border of France, and the swimming pool in the backyard, staying here is all about relaxation. With a couple bicycles to borrow, you’re encouraged to explore the surrounding fields flourishing with blooming fruit trees or the nearby 14th century castle high atop a nearby mountain.
Dig in to Guadeloupe
Disconnect and discover “island time” on Guadeloupe. Marie’s peaceful home is located where exploring is encouraged, whether you’re hiking in the lush rainforest across from the home, or savoring local dishes abundant with fresh seafood and produce from farmers’ markets. Find your place sunbathing poolside or on one of the many beaches accessible nearby and you may never want to leave.
A New York classic
Staying in this ultra-stylish and modern Manhattan apartment nestled in the iconic East Village neighborhood lively with bohemians and artists might just be the dreamy New York City adventure you’ve seen in movies and TV shows. With large French windows and two balconies to peer out over the street into Manhattan’s old-fashioned charm, unleash your inner New Yorker.
Find tranquility in Tokyo
Tucked behind a shrine and surrounded by walkable hip neighborhoods, this peaceful home is your key to experiencing the electric energy of Tokyo, only a short train ride away. It’s no surprise that Mayu’s spacious loft apartment is appearing on our Top 10 list for a second year in a row, the local recommendations she’ll share with her guests will make the trip all the more memorable.
Leave your heart in Lisbon
Topographically reminiscent of San Francisco, bounce from district to district via trolley to discover chic antique shops, energetic bars, and intimate restaurants to dig into the local cuisine bountiful with fresh fish, meats and port wine. With this charming apartment in the trendy Bairro Alto neighborhood as your home base, you can experience every inch of Portugal’s colorful and lively coastal capital city.
A spot of London
With the Hyde Park unfolding at your doorstep and all of London’s attractions easily accessible by a short walk hopping on the tube at one of the four nearby stations, this centrally-located flat might just be the city getaway you’ve been searching for. With a dreamy garden space for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and relaxing with a cup of tea in hand, this stately flat will have you imagining you're British royalty.
Let your taste buds be your guide in this southern Spain hot spot. Join the locals lingering in flavor-filled restaurants, dance an impromptu flamenco while exploring the streets, or top off your wine glass over tapas. Everything will taste sweeter as you enjoy María’s sweet apartment with two wrought iron balconies overlooking the street is carefully furnished and decorated with local charms that you’ll be dreaming of returning to Spain long after you’ve left.
Your Moroccan Oasis
It doesn’t get much more authentic than this. Experience a luxurious 17th century Moroccan Riad nestled in the heart of Marrakesh. With themed rooms, a patio and terrace, and even a resident chameleon, Franck’s home is ideal place to find balance and comfort while exploring the wonders of Northern Africa.
Follow the sun to Crete
Take it easy on the island of Crete while spending your days by the crystal blue Mediterranean sea or poolside at Francois’s home located in a small mountain village. Uncover traditions of rich Greek cuisine and wholesome generosity of the locals in the charming, colorful villages. As Francois suggests: don’t forget your sunscreen and some books for entertainment while sunbathing!