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Travel on the Cheap: Sharing Economy Resources for House Swappers

I was asked to write a guest post for the HomeExchange.com blog which I never reposted here. It’s an overview of some of the best sharing economy resources for travelers who are already planning to do a home exchange as a part of their trip. You can read the full article here: Travel on the Cheap

Non-Simultaneous Home Exchange

When I first signed up for a few house swapping websites I assumed that non-simultaneous exchange wasn’t an option for me.  I have only one home, and I live in it. I admit I was a bit envious of people with the flexibility to offer a second home up for swap on any date, presumably giving […]

Making Friends Through Home Exchange (indirectly)

When I got started with home exchange my goal was to save money on one of my favorite hobbies, travel. But I never considered the connections with people I might make through house swapping. At most I expected I might get some good tips about local things to do, and exchange some friendly emails with swap […]

Interview with HomeExchange.com Founder

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ed Kushins, founder of HomeExchange.com, about the evolution of his house swap service, his response to critics, and HomeExchange.com’s plans to expand ten fold in the next five years. HomeExchange.com (HE) is one of the largest house swap websites currently operating, and among the large sites it […]

Response Rates on Home Exchange Membership Sites

There’s a lot of discussion about the importance of response rates among the home exchange community. Some feel strongly that it is important to show respect for every request for a swap by responding, ideally something personalized. While it’s more important to me whether or not I can find a swap that matches my desired destinations […]

Repeat House Swaps: A Vacation Home for Free

I had my first experience with a repeat house swap a few weeks ago and it’s a delightful bonus to the home exchange experience. While I’ve never wanted to own a vacation home because I prefer to spend my holiday money and time visiting new places, I’m really enjoying having a vacation home for free. In […]

Interview with Guest to Guest Founder: Home Exchange with Guest Points

I had the opportunity to talk with Emannuel Arnaud, the founder of GuestToGuest, to learn more about this home exchange website. GuestToGuest is now one of the two largest home swap sites, exceeding 50,000 members. I learned about their plans to take over the world, gained a better understanding of GuestPoints, and found out about some […]

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.

How my explorations into lodging sharing started

It started with a trip to Southeast Asia with a friend who had been traveling around the world for almost a year. She was traveling alone and mostly staying in hostels. So when we met up we talked about what I required in lodging, setting expectations for what we would do while traveling together. At […]

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