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Join People Like Us before Nov 1 for free membership

People Like Us is a new home swap network that launched this year. They’ve just announced that the network is only going to be free until the end of October. People signing up after November 1 will pay an annual membership fee. Those who get in before this deadline will get the first year free. […]

GuesttoGuest implements paid membership option

On September 27th the home exchange network GuesttoGuest launched their new paid membership option. The cost is 130€ per year, with discounts given for length of membership. I’ve been a member since 2014 and my price was 100€. Members save 5€ per year for renewals until they get down to 100€, which is the lowest price […]

Holiday Swap home stays for $1/night

Good news: The Holiday Swap iPhone app is now working, somewhat. This new hospitality network offers stays for just $1 per night. The stays may be in a room in someone’s home, or in the entire home. This is a bit different from typical  home exchange networks which offer simultaneous swaps. With Holiday Swap you aren’t expected […]

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, […]

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