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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Well I burned my hand. File that under lessons in caution when cooking in someone else’s kitchen. The oven mitt here isn’t like mine, no palm protection. So I’m typing with a throbbing hand. Also I never found salt in this kitchen. But the differences between our kitchens are surprisingly few. We seem to buy […]