Being home exchangers means being a part of a Community based on trust and good will. We have made friends with most of our hosts and it was wonderful to meet them in person for a coffee or a meal when we returned home.
Where We Have Traveled
Spain, Denmark, France, Italy and USA (New York).
Why We Became Members
Four years ago, we came across the idea of home exchange in the media. We were looking for accommodations in New York at the time, but couldn’t find anything nice and affordable. So we decided to sign up for HomeExchange.com and give it a go. We didn’t end up going to New York that year but home exchanging has far exceeded our expectations and has since given us some whole new experiences traveling. For us, traveling is not just about visiting the famous landmarks, it is also about experiencing different lifestyles. We really enjoy ‘living as a local’ in a different country: shopping and cooking as locals do, hanging out in their favorite bars and cafes. For a short period of time, we feel like we can blend in with the locals and be part of the city or the village. And of course, not having to pay for hotels means we can travel even more than we used to, which is great!
We really enjoy ‘living as a local’ in a different country: shopping and cooking as locals do, hanging out in their favorite bars and cafes.
Our Most Memorable Exchange Story
We have done quite a few city exchanges but we also visited a few places which we wouldn’t have done had they not been proposed by other members.
Last Christmas we swapped with a French couple who have a converted beach house on the coast of Cap Ferret. We knew very little about Cap Ferret as a region but were tempted by the idea of being in a small village by the sea. Our hostess is an artist and the house is like a mini-gallery full of artwork and character. The area is authentically French and we hardly ran into other foreign tourists. Both of us grew up and live in cities so being in the wooden house for a week was refreshingly different. Exchanging homes is a bit like adopting your host’s lifestyle sometimes; so for a week we could imagine ourselves being more bohemian and artistic! Of course Cap Ferret itself is a beautiful area and being 30 seconds away from the beach was an added bonus. Our host also lent us her car which was very useful for exploring the area.
About Exchanging Homes
We have always traveled a lot and have stayed in various accommodations from enormous five star hotels to little beach huts in Vietnam. Since we started home exchanging, it is, to us, the best way to travel and see the world. Saving money is great but the experience itself is a lot more rewarding. Our hosts have usually gone out of their way to make our stay pleasant and interesting and we also try to reciprocate. We have made friends with most of our hosts and it was wonderful to meet them in person for a coffee or a meal when we return to their home town. We stay in touch via Facebook or emails to hear about their latest home exchange adventures.
Both of us grew up and live in cities so being in the wooden house for a week was refreshingly different
We feel that being a Home Exchanger is like being in a Community where we find a lot of trust and goodwill. Our exchange partners look after our homes as they do theirs and vice versa. It is always lovely to find a small welcome or thank-you present when we walk through the door.