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Home exchange on the river in Bangkok

On a recent trip to Thailand I was lucky to find a home exchange in Bangkok. There aren’t many homes in Bangkok on swap sites. But LoveHomeSwap has the largest percentage of listings in Asia and that’s where I found this place. It’s a vacation home and Airbnb rental for the owner so I traded […]

Finding a home exchange in Bangkok

Asia isn’t the easiest part of the world to find home exchanges. While house swapping is very popular in other parts of the world, Asian countries are slower to adopt this free travel lodging system. I’m not sure if this is cultural or just a lack of marketing. A quick glance through my house swap […]

Reader Home Exchange Dilemma: What would you do?

A reader recently wrote to me about a dilemma that I think others have faced. Basically she had more than one family agree to her home exchange request. And she had already started making plans with the first one to agree when a better offer came along. I kept her words but changed some details […]

Disaster Response Peer to Peer lodging

Airbnb activated their Disaster Response system for Hurricane Harvey a few weeks ago. This tool enables hosts to provide free lodging for those in need in affected parts of Texas and Louisiana. After the 2012 Hurricane Sandy disaster in New York, Airbnb built the disaster response feature into it’s platform. During disaster response events Airbnb […]

Home Exchange and Short-Term Rental: What’s the Difference?

by Janis Fisher Chan Our traveling life started late:  once our kids were on their own, we moved from the dark, sprawling home they’d grown up in to a compact, sunny home overlooking a marsh where snowy egrets stalked their breakfast. But we were restless.  We wanted to spend a couple of months in Rome, […]

Helpstay labor for lodging 3 years later

There are a number of variations on peer to peer lodging for travelers: home exchange, rental lodging and couchsurfing are the most common options. But there’s also a growing movement of opportunities to swap your labor for lodging (and sometimes food too). Small businesses and individuals who need some extra help can now advertise these […]

My first home exchange noshow

My hosts for a two night home exchange stay in Bali just disappeared after agreeing to the swap. This was a home exchange I booked through LoveHomeSwap using points. It was a mistake booking; I actually only needed the place for one day. I’ve written about this mistake already, which you can read about here. […]

Nightswapping Acquires MyTwinPlace

MyTwinPlace announced at the end of July that they’ve been acquired by Nightswapping. I’m not surprised by this development. I think the partnership makes sense because these two networks were both facilitating a form of points-based home exchange using the cost of renting your home for a night as the basis. And MyTwinPlace had failed […]

Nightswapping Pivots from Home Exchange to Rental Lodging

The Nightswapping home exchange network has pivoted into a peer-to-peer rental lodging network. They still claim to offer home exchanges. But the entire system is based on paying money for lodging and there’s little resembling house swapping remaining. As a result I’ve removed Nightswapping from my home exchange network spreadsheet and instead added them into […]

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