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Why Home Exchange is a Good Vacation Lodging Option

Every house swap website has some sort of FAQ or introductory article about why you should participate in home exchange. But they all have some financial interest in getting you to sign up, so here’s my completely free-from-financial-interest take on it.

Flexibility Makes it Easy to Find a Home Exchange

I almost always plan my trips before I start looking for a home exchange. Either I’m going to be somewhere for an event (i.e. visiting family for a holiday) or I’m going to be somewhere for specific dates and I’ve already booked free award flights for the trip. This means I have to find a home exchange […]

How to Pick the Home Exchange Network that’s best for you

I get a lot of reader questions that go something like this: “I live on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland. I really want to do a home exchange to Wichita Kansas. Can you tell me which home exchange network I should join to find someone in Kansas who will want to come […]

How many points is your home worth?

I’ve been thinking about point valuation of homes this year as I did a lot of my house swaps using the points-based system of exchange. My swaps were primarily on two networks: LoveHomeSwap and GuesttoGuest, and both sites allow members to set the points value of a night their home. As a result there is a lot […]

Successful Three-Way Swap for the Holidays

A few weeks ago I described the points-based home exchange I had set up for our holiday visit to family. It involved paying in points to stay in the home of someone who was away visiting her own family, and then during our time out of town, a couple from France would be paying us in […]

2016 Year in Review: 8 Home Exchanges

I’ve been lucky to enjoy some amazing travel adventures this year. And as the year draws to a close I took a look back at all the home exchanges I’ve done in 2016. It turns out this year did not include any simultaneous exchanges where we stayed in someone’s home while they stayed in ours. […]

Holiday Home Exchange Planning

Once again I’ve booked a lovely home exchange for our holiday visit to see family. This one is right near the beach, and frankly much bigger than we need. But it was the only positive response I got to all my inquiries, and I’m certainly not complaining about the spa on the property. I have […]

A Perplexing Propensity for Old News

My most popular post by far is the one I wrote on “Best Home Exchange Websites”. That makes sense since that’s kinda the reason I started sharetraveler.com. I spent days searching for reviews and information to help me figure out which home exchange sites to sign up for, and found very little. So apparently I’m right […]

Free HomeExchange.com Membership

Once again this year HomeExchange.com is giving members a one year free membership to gift to someone else. The only requirements: the recipient must be new to this home exchange network, and it has to be redeemed by January 31, 2017.  

New Home Exchange Deal in Asia

Home Exchange options are very limited in Asia. But there are a lot of people traveling in that region, and a growing number of folks offering lodging on AirBnb-type rental sites. So it seems like a smart move that HomeExchange.com and TripVillas recently closed a deal to offer Home Exchange services to TripVillas Asia members. The press release […]

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