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Misleading membership claims from home exchange network LoveHomeSwap

On March 15 the advertising standards organization in the UK (ASA) ruled that the home exchange network, LoveHomeSwap, was misleading people by advertising 100,000+ members in 160+ countries. You can read the full decision here. I have never been able to verify the LoveHomeSwap membership claims. And they have never responded to my direct questions about the large discrepancy between […]

GuesttoGuest founder talks about the acquisition of HomeExchange.com

When GuesttoGuest announced their purchase of HomeExchange.com last week they publicized the plan to keep the two brands separate. While I think this makes sense in the short term, I didn’t see a good reason for this in the long run. I reached out to GuesttoGuest co-founder Emmanuel Arnaud to get more details on their plans and the […]

Two biggest home swap networks become one

Yesterday GuesttoGuest purchased HomeExchange.com, combining the two largest home exchange networks. This is big news in the very small world of home swapping. In a press release GuesttoGuest announced their plan to keep the networks separate. To me that makes this news a bit less interesting.  

Prepare your home for house swap or short-term rental guests

Thanks to Janis Chan of travelonthehouse.com for this guest post. I laughed when I read Josh Gondelman’s satirical article, “Welcome to Your AirBnB,” about the ultimately awful short-term rental. But it’s not entirely funny. We once stayed in an apartment that was full of cat hair, even though we’d explained we were allergic to cats, […]

Flexibility Makes it Easy to Find a Home Exchange

I almost always plan my trips before I start looking for a home exchange. Either I’m going to be somewhere for an event (i.e. visiting family for a holiday) or I’m going to be somewhere for specific dates and I’ve already booked free award flights for the trip. This means I have to find a home exchange […]

How to Pick the Home Exchange Network that’s best for you

I get a lot of reader questions that go something like this: “I live on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland. I really want to do a home exchange to Wichita Kansas. Can you tell me which home exchange network I should join to find someone in Kansas who will want to come […]

How many points is your home worth?

I’ve been thinking about point valuation of homes this year as I did a lot of my house swaps using the points-based system of exchange. My swaps were primarily on two networks: LoveHomeSwap and GuesttoGuest, and both sites allow members to set the points value of a night their home. As a result there is a lot […]

Successful Three-Way Swap for the Holidays

A few weeks ago I described the points-based home exchange I had set up for our holiday visit to family. It involved paying in points to stay in the home of someone who was away visiting her own family, and then during our time out of town, a couple from France would be paying us in […]

2016 Year in Review: 8 Home Exchanges

I’ve been lucky to enjoy some amazing travel adventures this year. And as the year draws to a close I took a look back at all the home exchanges I’ve done in 2016. It turns out this year did not include any simultaneous exchanges where we stayed in someone’s home while they stayed in ours. […]

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