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Airbnb restrictions make home exchange more attractive

The rules and laws governing Airbnb are a contentious subject in many cities around the world. There’s a lot of concern about the impact of short-term rentals on housing availability and price. Some studies have validated this affect. And of course the hotel industry doesn’t like short term rentals stealing their clients. Some also complain […]

Americans’ Travel Bucket Lists and Barriers to Travel

LoveHomeSwap commissioned a survey company to research American’s travel desires. The survey, conducted in July, included 1000 people ages 21+.  The results give some insight into travel interests, but perhaps more interesting are the barriers to travel. Of the 77% of Americans who have a travel bucket list, the most desirable countries to visit were: […]

Choosing a Home Exchange Network: Opinions from active house swappers

This post is a consolidation of all the useful comments from readers about home exchange networks. (Thanks to a reader for this suggestion!) There are lots of house swap networks out there, and it’s not easy to pick the right one(s) to join. So when you’re reading my Best Home Exchange Networks post, also consider […]

My first home swap of 2018

In August I had my first home exchange of the year! This one was through the GuesttoGuest network. My house swapping was put on hold because I moved. And that meant I didn’t have a home to offer for swapping for the first half of 2018. Now that I’m settled in, we’re back in business. […]

Overnight shuts down rental lodging service based on friend networks

It’s always sad when innovative companies with creative solutions to helping people travel on the cheap shut down. I’m especially sad about this one because I had only just discovered them. Overnight was a private network for peer-to-peer home rentals. They offered paid lodging options within your personal network, or within networks of interest groups […]

Best Home Exchange Networks: 2018 Version

The number of home exchange websites out there can be overwhelming to someone new to house swapping. When I first got interested in home exchange I spent a few weeks looking at  networks, and searching in vain for objective reviews, or at least some overview information comparing the sites. In response to this lack of information, […]

Managing your home guidebook

A growing number of people are hosting guests in their home through platforms like Airbnb, home exchanges, couchsurfing, or housesitting. And this means lots of guests who need to know house rules, where to find stuff, and how basic things work. Some hosts just put out a single sheet of paper with the wifi password […]

How much does home exchange cost?

Some home exchange networks are free. Some charge an annual fee. And others have more complicated pricing models, like a cost per night stayed. My post on the change in pricing model by Guest to Guest resulted in some interesting comments that led me to dig into pricing for home exchange networks more generally. You […]

ThirdHome Review – August 2018

Review date: August 2018 ThirdHome.com Year founded: 2010 $2500 initiation fee + $395-1295/stay Specialty: Vacation homes >$500k in value English only 10,000 members While ThirdHome claims over 10,000 member properties, but has about 1500 weeks available for swapping at any given time. I’m not sure how that works out, perhaps there are only really 1500 […]

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