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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.

Call for information from home exchange networks

Every year I update my spreadsheet of all the home exchange networks in the world. And one of the biggest challenges is getting accurate membership numbers for each network. Some websites do not display this information to non-members. And even for members this is sometimes hard to calculate. But I have found that most house […]

Cautiously testing home exchange with points – reader story

This reader story is from the same author as the first one I published last week. Etienne is an experienced house swapper from France, and an ambassador for GuesttoGuest. In late 2014, I was still doing only reciprocal swaps through free websites like Geenee or Switchome. But I was looking for a new experience, to […]

My First Home Exchange – reader story

This is the first in what I hope will be some fun reader stories about home exchanges. This story comes from Etienne, an active and experienced house swapper from France. In late 2010, my wife and I were young teachers, with long holidays and not enough money to spend on travel 🙂 I heard about home […]

Facebook groups for home exchange

I’ve recently learned that there are a few Facebook groups for members of home exchange networks. These are private groups, meant only for people active in house swapping. HomeExchange.com has groups for members who want to chat about home exchanging. These are geographically grouped, so you are supposed to join the one for your region […]

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 […]

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