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Home for Home Review – August 2017

 Review date: August 2017 homeforhome.com $61/year, 1 month free trial Founded in 2008 (this is when blogging began) Grupo Intercom “the leading group in Spain for the creation and development of Internet businesses.” English, Italian, Spanish, French and German 42,212 listings in 136 countries

Best Home Exchange Networks: 2017 Version

The number of home exchange websites out there can be overwhelming to someone new to house swapping. When I first got interested in home exchange I spent a few weeks looking at  networks, and searching in vain for objective reviews, or at least some overview information comparing the sites. In response to this lack of information, […]

Updating membership counts for Home Exchange networks

I spent a lot of time in July updating my membership counts (and other details) for all the existing home exchange networks. You can find this information in my spreadsheet here.  I put the most effort into validating the accuracy of counts for networks that have >5000 members. Most people doing home exchange factor the […]

Updated list of points-based home swap networks

Most people think of home exchanges as simultaneous swaps. I go to your home while you stay in mine. But points-based exchanging is another popular way of house swapping. You earn the right to stay in other people’s homes by hosting people in your own. It’s like putting free lodging in a piggy bank to […]

I’m earning a home exchange balloon!

A year ago HomeExchange.com introduced Balloons, their version of points-based house swapping. Instead of having to arrange for a simultaneous home exchange, having to agree on exact dates to stay in one another homes, members can earn and spend “balloons” on swaps. Here’s an example of how it works: Let’s say I’m going to be […]

Swap English conversation for free travel in Europe

Trading work for lodging is one way to enjoy free travels while immersing yourself with locals. Premier TEFL is offering native English speakers the opportunity to spend several weeks in Europe teaching English in exchange for free lodging, meals, and tours. Folks between 18 and 30 who are ready to travel this summer can earn […]

Home Exchange Networks Consolidate in 2017

There was a lot of consolidation in the home exchange industry over the past year. While working on my annual review of all house swap networks I found a lot of smaller websites shut down. Since June 2016 15 home exchange networks have closed, and one pivoted into rentals. I often don’t notice when smaller […]

How I wasted points booking a home swap I don’t need

I just booked a 2 night stay in Bali in a fabulous looking home right near the beach, with a pool and even with staff as it’s part of a resort. I’m really just passing through Bali; I need to fly there to catch a flight home. This story is kind of complicated. And it involves […]

Love Home Swap Review – June 2017

lovehomeswap.com Founded in 2009 14 day free trial $240/year membership, $408/year standard (always on sale for $276), $816/year platinum (always on sale for $408) English and French Significant venture and private equity funding since 2011 8,532 listings (counted) Review update notes: I just published an updated review of this network in May, but then I discovered that my […]

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