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Preferred Exchanges

  • Open to Any Destination
  • Open to Any Dates
  • New Zealand

    January 5 — March 10, 2016 These dates are flexible

    Ideal 2 weeks. simultaneous exchange not required.

  • Puerto Rico

    November 2 — January 15, 2017 These dates are flexible

    Simultaneous exchange not required. Preferably the San Juan area.

  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

    January 20 — March 19, 2016 These dates are flexible

    simultaneous exchange not required

  • France

    January 20 — March 19, 2016 These dates are flexible

    anywhere near a ski resort. The swiss alpes would also be just fine.simultaneous exchange not required.

  • Naples, FL, USA

    November 1 — December 11, 2016 These dates are flexible

    or any beach town as far north as tampa. Simultaneous exchange not required.

  • Hawaii, United States

    October 15 — December 10, 2016 These dates are flexible

    or any of the islands. any timetable except june-sept. Simultaneous exchange not required.


  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Culinary Travel
  • Historic Sites

Exchange Reviews

October - November 2013

We just completed our exchange at Ivan and Pilar's Madrid ...

Erik and Liz
Erik and Liz said

We just completed our exchange at Ivan and Pilar's Madrid apartment, and we couldn't have been happier! Everything was great. We had no problems at all during our stay -- Ivan and Pilar left plenty of maps and great tips for how to best explore Madrid as a "newbie," as well as notes about how everything in their apartment worked. Their home is close to a market and several local restaurants, as well as a metro station, making it very easy to pop down to the center of things to see all the sights. (Madrid has a very modern and easy-to-use metro, and catching a cab is super easy, too.) Their neighborhood was very safe and clean and everyone who worked in their building was very helpful as well. We had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend an exchange at their place! Liz and Erik, Naples, FL

November -1

We cannot say enough about the hospitality and home of ...

Peter and Carne
Peter and Carne said

We cannot say enough about the hospitality and home of Ivan and Pilar. On our first day, Pilar's sister gave us a personal tour to orient us to the neighborhood. She also led us to a cute local cafe where we had our first (of many) Spanish hot chocolate and churros! Our hosts helped us find venues for local music, including flamenco, classical, and jazz and provided information about local restaurants and Madrid's fine museums. We did not turn the television on once! All main tourist activities are easily accessible by bus/metro (less than 2 blocks) or walking. Our home away from home was comfortable, clean, and very convenient. Thank you Ivan and Pilar for making our stay so lovely.

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September - October 2014

We exchanged with Ivan and Pilar and had a wonderful ...

Louise & David
Louise & David from Vancouver said

We exchanged with Ivan and Pilar and had a wonderful exchange. We were fortunate to arrrange to meet them in Madrid at the beginning of the exchange, and then also host them for few days in Vancouver at the end of the exchange. They are warm, funny people, very gracious and generous. Their apartment is in a wonderful location for visiting Madrid, just steps away from one of Madrid's famed food markets, and very close to both bus and metro. The neighborhood is quiet, but with bars and restaurants all within walking distance, the bonus for those warm Madrid days: a really nice pool and outdoor area. They took great care of our house and car, and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to exchange.

ivan & pilar
What we said about Louise & David's house:

An excellent exchange.... A beautiful and well equipped home in a quiet an upscale location with good access by road to all the places we wanted to visit. Also, we can not say enough good things about David and Louise warm and practical ways which made us feel very much at home. The car exchange worked out very well. Our hosts went out of their way with tips and suggestions of places of interest starting with excellent trekking spots near their home to further out places such as Whistler and Manning National Park. Upon arrival we found their dinning room table full with well prepared dossiers. Vancouver is a beautiful city and surrounding areas are simply outstanding and not to be missed. Last but not least and certainly important to us, was having the opportunity to meet and share time with our hosts and new found friends. Many thanks to David, Louise and their daughter Carmen for such an outstanding visit.

October - October 2015

We had a delightful stay in Ivan and Pilar's Madrid ...

Ilene and Dennis
Ilene and Dennis said

We had a delightful stay in Ivan and Pilar's Madrid apartment. The apartment is well appointed with a modern kitchen, shower and laundry. The building is staffed with a helpful concierge. The apartment is just steps away from the Metro which makes access to any part of Madrid possible. Within a few steps are grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, cafes and restaurants. The neighborhood is quiet and yet so close to everything a visitor to Madrid could want. Ivan and Pilar were so easy to communicate with and provided everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. Due to easy access to all forms of transportation, we ventured out of the city (with recommendations from Ivan and Pilar) and visited Salamanca, Avila and Toledo via train. Their apartment is also so easily accessed from the airport. The Metro is available at the airport and their apartment is only 15 minutes away, without even changing metro lines. We found September to be an absolutely perfect month. Days were sunny and warm and evenings were lovely for outdoor dining. Hats off to our wonderful hosts, Ivan and Pilar.

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ivan & pilar
What we said about Ilene and Dennis's house:

Our very first impression upon arrival at Ilene and Dennis place is harmony and elegance. An oasis of order and good taste. A very comfortable ,well equipped and nicely decorated place full of small details that made us feel very much at home. The arrival documentation is excellent which allowed us within minutes, to become acquainted with the condo functioning and the area. The place is nicely located. Whether to walk downtown, take river walks or drive to near by Tarpon Pointe for a bit of action ( sunsets, happy hrs, live music and dance) or simply lay back and watch the gorgeous manatee river from the comfort of the living room or terrace. Excellent beaches are near such as Anna Maria island, or if you drive only a bit further siesta key or the wonderful beaches around St. Peters burg ( especial mention of Fort De Soto park) . By the way, the Dali museum in SP is fantastic. Many thanks Ilene and Dennis for your flexibility and good nature as human being. A highly recommended exchange.