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Soliciting Home Exchange Stories

Many of the regular readers of this website are very experienced house swappers. And some of you have shared stories with me privately, or in comments on articles, about some of your exchanges. Here’s your chance to share stories about your home exchange experiences. Real stories help folks who are new to house swapping learn more […]

Should people without listings be allowed to swap homes?

It sounds like an impossibility. How can you exchange homes if you don’t have a home listed? But I’ve recently come across a case where this makes sense.   Consider this situation: Marcia has deactivated he listing on a home exchange network because she is moving to a new place. Maybe she is selling her […]

Site stats for 2017 and what they say about home exchange

My posts about house swapping and home exchange networks are by far the most popular on this website. So I think it’s safe to assume that when my site is getting lots of traffic it’s mostly from people who are researching home exchanges. Overall, traffic continued to grow in 2017. I was just under 150,000 […]

Holiday home exchange December 2017

This year my December holiday home exchange was through HomeExchange.com using a balloon. It was only three nights, so I struggled a bit over whether I wanted to “spend” a balloon on such a short stay. Balloons are usable on any length stay, and so obviously it’s a better value to spend balloons on longer […]

Airbnb makes deal with apartment owners

Lease restrictions often prevent people from renting out their apartment on Airbnb. Many apartment owners prohibit subletting of any kind. (Note that this may still allow you to do home exchanges legally since no money changes hands.) Airbnb is working to convince apartment owners that Airbnb is good for them. And in fact it is, […]

Share a Room offers new way to find travel partners

Share A Room is a new company offering a novel twist on finding travel buddies.  Think of it as a dating app for finding travel partners, where matches are found based on desired travel dates. Once you find a match you can chat within the app to make sure you’ll be a good fit. And […]

Home Exchanges 2017 Year in Review

In total this year I attempted 11 house swaps, and ended up successfully completing 10. (You can read about the one failure with the Bali link below.) This year my home exchanges were all points based. My stays ranged from one night to eight nights. And I hosted people in my empty home (and once […]

Hospitality networks offer free lodging to travelers – updated December 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find people all around the world willing and even eager to offer you a place to sleep in their home? What if some of them even want to share a home cooked meal and offer tips for local activities in their town? This is the idea behind hospitality lodging, […]

Reader question: finding a long term exchange

I got a tough question from a reader last week: Thank you for your great blog!  It is definitely helpful for those of us that are just starting to think about home exchange. My wife and I (with 1 small dog) are looking to do a home exchange between our house in Florida and a […]

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