It isn’t unusual for members who live in some of our most popular destinations to get over 100 requests at a time. Sure, you can stand out in the crowd by utilizing personalized messages and being in a location that they want to visit, but even still, it can be a process to secure an exchange.

If you have some destination flexibility, you might want to try one of these fantastic alternatives.

Looking at New York? Try Boston

Rich with culture (and members), “Beantown” is an ideal option to explore if you can’t quite make the Big Apple happen. With over 200 members in the area, you’ll have plenty of options to explore. Go where everyone knows your name and visit Cheers, ride a “Duck” boat, or even take a side trip out to the Cape. If you have your heart set on the New York experience, there are also plenty of reasonably quick (and affordable) ways to get from Boston to NYC to help make your dreams a reality.

Explore Boston and the surrounding area now!

Searching in London? Discover Edinburgh

The banks of the river Thames calling your name but can’t quite answer the call? Give Edinburgh a chance. The city is more compact with a bit more hills, but it is easy enough to get around. Plus, with the rest of Scotland in your “backyard,” you will be hard-pressed to run out of things to do and see.

Head north and find fun in Edinburgh

Hoping for the lights of Paris? Try Brussels

While few places can compare to the “City of Lights,” it’s Belgian cousin can offer the delightful blend of cultures with almost 150 members. Dive into the food, explore the history or catch a train and take adventures to many of the lovely areas in the vicinity. Plus, who can say no to the mouth-wateringly delicious waffles, frites, and beer. Your taste buds will thank you.

Get a taste of Brussels

Going crazy looking in Los Angeles? Look at San Diego

The first thing to know when looking for an exchange in Los Angeles is that it is vast. That probably isn’t a surprise but no matter where you go, be prepared for sitting in traffic. That’s why we recommend going a little further south and checking out San Diego. With almost 300 members, this delightful city offers a host of excitement. Spend the day at the zoo and explore Balboa Park, take in the beaches or discover the thriving micro-brewery scene.

Go coastal in San Diego

The more flexible you are with your destinations, the better chance you’ll discover a whole different level of adventure. None of these options on your list? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll offer some other travel alternatives.