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Intervac Review May 2017

Review date: May 2017 us.intervac-homeexchange.com Founded in 1953 $99/year, 20 day free trial 13 languages Started in Europe by some teachers 5,843 listings (estimated) About 5,000 of these listings are in Europe, with a big concentration in France. Note: Intervac does not make it easy to calculate total membership. I counted up the listings by searching on all possible geographic regions, […]

LoveHomeSwap membership and search shenenagins

“Honesty is for the most part, less profitable than dishonesty.” ~ Plato Last week, right after I released my updated Love Home Swap website review, I noticed that LHS updated their search interface. Among other changes, they removed a filter that I criticized pretty harshly. Overall I’m disappointed with the LoveHomeSwap search functionality. … It is also very […]

LoveHomeSwap Review May 2017

Review updated: May 2017 lovehomeswap.com Founded in 2009 14 day free trial $240/year membership, $408/year standard (always on sale for $276), $816/year platinum (always on sale for $408) English and French Significant venture and private equity funding since 2011 49,000 listings (estimated) Important note on membership claims: the Advertising Standards Association in the UK recently ruled that LoveHomeSwap’s membership claims […]

Is Points Borrowing a Good Option for Home Exchange Members?

On my recent London home exchange I met a family who borrowed some points from LoveHomeSwap to book their next vacation. This week LoveHomeSwap sent out an email advertising this points-borrowing service so I looked more closely at what they are offering.

HomeExchange.com Review April 2017

 Review updated April 2017 homeexchange.com Founded in 1992 $150 per year for first listing, $75 for additional listings Sold in 2017 to Guest to Guest 16 languages 65,000 listings in 150 countries  Listings by geographic region (approximate, based on counting from map view): Africa: 300 Asia:  400 North America: 20,000 Europe: 35,000 Oceana: 2300 South America: 1000 These numbers […]

Updating my Home Exchange Network Reviews

Every year since starting this website I have updated my reviews of the major home exchange networks. Those that didn’t make any changes from the previous year don’t get updates. But I do write a lot of new reviews! And it’s time to start the update process again.

Fun night at my London hosted home exchange

While in London recently I spent a night at the home of a family in Brentford. This is a town about halfway between the city and the airport. It looks a lot like the rest of the London suburbs. A place that I would never have visited on my own. But it turned out to be […]

Earning home exchange points while traveling for work

I’m not very good about keeping my home exchange network calendars up to date. In theory, everyone notes the dates they have available. This makes searching for a swap much easier. But with our travel plans constantly evolving, I often forget to update these calendars. Still I get a lot of requests that end up overlapping […]

Last minute home exchange is sometimes possible

It was March 13 when I remembered that I needed lodging in London for one night on April 15. That’s last minute in the world of home exchange. But I figured with points I might have a shot finding something. I hopped on to LoveHomeSwap, one of the networks I use, and searched for homes advertising […]

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