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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reader question: hospitality exchanges

A reader recently wrote to me with an interesting question: I have been reading your site and have learned a lot.  I initially thought I would “home swap”, but I think I like other options. I live on Cape cod and our season of interest is limited.  I have a very nice room over the […]

Home swap management questions

A reader recently commented: I don’t read many blogs but I really enjoy yours! Thank you. Can you share info about how often your own home(s) are swapped out and how that fits into your own (presumably) traveling lifestyle? Can you talk about how much work it is to administrate and manage home swaps from […]

What to do with home exchange listings if you’re moving

While the typical house swapper might be a bit more established in their life and lodging, many of us won’t stay in the same home forever. And once you’ve planned a move you need to figure out what to do with your home exchange listings. This isn’t as straightforward as I thought it would be.

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