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Gigoing: Trade Labor for Lodging

I find the opportunity to trade labor for lodging on a short term basis very compelling. This is a great way to travel without spending money, and to gain some new and interesting experiences. I’ve written about variations on lodging opportunities in the sharing economy  in my review of peer to peer rental lodging, and […]

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 […]

Priceline Meets AirBnb: FlatClub Introduces Bidding for Peer to Peer Rentals

FlatClub is one of over 30 peer to peer lodging rental websites that I’ve looked at, in an arena where AirBnB is dominating the press. To me FlatClub was not particularly interesting in such a crowded field of peer to peer rental lodging, until recently when they launched a new feature, LiveDemand, which allows guests to post requests for lodging, including […]

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 […]

Peer to Peer Pet Sitting and Pet Sharing

For travelers with pets, there is a significant additional cost, and no small amount of anxiety, associated with taking a vacation away from home. While many dog kennels have improved their facilities and services, they are still associated with sad pets locked in small spaces pining away for their master’s return. And they aren’t cheap! […]

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 HelpStay Founder: Exchanging Work for Lodging

This week I spoke with Shay Gleeson, the founder of HelpStay.com, about the website he recently launched, his vision for the future of couch surfing, and his take on meaningful traveling on a limited budget. In a review of peer to peer rental lodging I mentioned briefly the opportunity to trade labor for lodging. There […]

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 […]

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