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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.

Hosting a house swap guest for one night

I’ve managed to find a few home exchanges for one night stays. For instance, my recent stay in London. But I’ve never hosted someone for just one night. To get a one night home swap I think you have to be open to the possibility that your host might be home. Be prepared to stay […]

Brussels home exchange: perfect location for tourists

During a recent visit to Brussels I found a home swap through the GuesttoGuest network. It could not have been in a better spot. Right in the center of all the sights of interest to tourists. The owner of the flat rents it out most of the time, presumably on Airbnb. But he also occasionally […]

Smallest House Swap Ever

On a recent visit to Paris I had two nights alone in the city. I needed a place to stay for just one person. Airbnb has some reasonably priced options in Paris. But of course I prefer a home exchange to a rental. After a relatively short search I ended up booking a place on […]

House Swapping in Latin America: Belocal Home Exchange interview

I came across the BeLocal Exchange home exchange network this year after their twitter account started following mine. Focused on Latin America, BeLocal is one of the few new house swap networks I’ve heard of in the past two years. I immediately went to the BeLocal website and started looking around. I had a few questions, and […]

Repeat home exchange in London

Earlier this year I wrote about my luck finding a one night Easter house swap in London. I stayed with a family that lives close to Heathrow airport for the night before my flight home. I found myself with a one night layover in London again this October. So I reached out to the same […]

Finding last minute house swaps in Europe

Recently my plans for a trip to Europe changed pretty dramatically. Two weeks before departure I was still figuring out where to go. Of course this meant I also didn’t have lodging set up. Once I picked the cities and dates I started looking for home exchanges. Obviously at this late date, chances were basically […]

Home exchange on the river in Bangkok

On a recent trip to Thailand I was lucky to find a home exchange in Bangkok. There aren’t many homes in Bangkok on swap sites. But LoveHomeSwap has the largest percentage of listings in Asia and that’s where I found this place. It’s a vacation home and Airbnb rental for the owner so I traded […]

Finding a home exchange in Bangkok

Asia isn’t the easiest part of the world to find home exchanges. While house swapping is very popular in other parts of the world, Asian countries are slower to adopt this free travel lodging system. I’m not sure if this is cultural or just a lack of marketing. A quick glance through my house swap […]

Reader Home Exchange Dilemma: What would you do?

A reader recently wrote to me about a dilemma that I think others have faced. Basically she had more than one family agree to her home exchange request. And she had already started making plans with the first one to agree when a better offer came along. I kept her words but changed some details […]

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