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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.

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

Guest to Guest new home swap insurance system; free exchanges ending in 2019

As of 2019 Guest to Guest will no longer offer entirely free home exchanges. The network will still be free to join, but there will be a mandatory 10€ per night fee for all exchanges. For this fee exchangers and hosts will get insurance, cancellation protection and emergency assistance. While this sounds like a big […]

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