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MyTwinPlace Relaunches with Nights Exchange

See updated My Twin Place review from July 2016 here Adding to the growing number of home exchange websites that facilitate points-based exchanges, MyTwinPlace recently re-invented itself with a “nights exchange” model that allows users to earn points for hosting travelers in their homes.

Ten Home Exchanges in 2014

It’s hard to believe I just started doing home exchanges a year ago. I figured January was a good time to reflect on my 2014 house swap experience. I’ve done all sorts of exchanges, from the traditional home swap, to the points based stay/hosting, to a hosted stay, and even one non-simultaneous swap. Here’s my […]

Why I’m letting my Intervac subscription expire

Last January I joined Intervac, along with a few other home exchange websites, after an extensive search for the best house swap membership sites for my particular travel needs. I just got my 15 day notification that it’s time to pay for another year and so I’m letting my membership expire.

Quick Weekend Home Exchange Getaway

Last weekend we took off on a 3.5 hour drive south to San Luis Obispo (aka SLO) for a short home exchange getaway. I suppose some places are better than others for fun quick road trips over the weekend. But for me there’s always something nice about getting out of my home and experiencing a few days […]

Holiday Home Exchange: Much Better Than a Hotel

Often my wife and I stay in hotels over the December holidays while visiting family. There’s just not enough room in the house for everyone. But hotels are not cheap! And while we’ve tried using hotel points to cover the cost in the past, it’s a bit tricky and not the best use of earned miles/points. So […]

Home Exchange 1 Year Membership Giveaway

HomeExchange.com, one of the largest home exchange websites, and one that I use to successfully book many of my swaps, is giving away some free memberships for the holidays. This is a 12 month membership, a $120 value, which can only be used by new members. I assume they sent these referral links to all active members, […]

Home Exchange Makes you Happy and Trusting

Maybe it’s not causal, but a recent survey found that home exchangers are more trusting and overall happy with the swap experience. Homeexchange.com collaborated with the University of Bergamo (Italy) on a study conducted on members of this popular home exchange site to look at the profile and motivations of the typical house swapper. The study was done […]

Answering Home Exchange Nights Purchase Critics

I recently wrote a series about points-based home exchange and one of my readers said I missed his biggest criticism of the system. He does not like that some home exchange websites offer members the option to purchase nights. From the perspective of my reader, this amounts to the company making money off of your home, but […]

Do you Need Travel Insurance for a Home Exchange?

  People purchase travel insurance policies to protect themselves against unforeseen events. If  you have to cancel a trip these policies will reimburse you for non-refundable purchases (depending on reasons for cancellation covered by the policy), and many will also provide emergency medical evacuation. These are both potential costly problems. The tricky question is whether the risk is high […]

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