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Cosmopolit Home Review: Points-Based Home Exchange

This review is out of date. See my updated review of Nightswapping (Cosmopolit Home’s new name) Review date: November 2014 cosmopolithome.com Founded in 2011 Free membership, $9.90 per swap Founded in France, recently received $2.5M in funding English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Netherlands 6000 listings in 54 countries Summary: Cosmopolit Home offers a unique system of home exchange that […]

Do you Need Travel Insurance for a Home Exchange?

  People purchase travel insurance policies to protect themselves against unforeseen events. If  you have to cancel a trip these policies will reimburse you for non-refundable purchases (depending on reasons for cancellation covered by the policy), and many will also provide emergency medical evacuation. These are both potential costly problems. The tricky question is whether the risk is high […]

Home Exchange with Points Part 3 – Answering the Critics

Check out the first 2 reports on Home Exchange with Points: Part 1 – Why I Like Points Part 2 – Choosing the Right System for You Now that I’ve covered why I like points swapping, I want to address why a lot of folks who like home exchange don’t like the points-based home exchange concept. In […]

Home Exchange with Points Part 2 – Choosing the Right System for You

Check out Part 1 of Home Exchange with Points: why I like points and Part 3: Home Exchange with Points: Answering the critics In this post I explain the variations on points-based home exchange and review the websites offering a points option for house swapping. I am aware of only a few home exchange sites that currently offer points swap […]

Home Exchange with Points

This is part 1 of a 3 part series which includes: Part 1 – Why I Like Points Part 2 – Choosing the Right System for You Part 3 – Answering the Critics I’m a big fan of home exchange: it’s a great way to travel without paying for lodging. You are leveraging the mortgage/rent that […]

Zilyo: Peer to Peer Rental Lodging Metasearch

Founded in 2013, Zilyo is a sophisticated metasearch engine for sharing economy lodging. There are a lot of peer to peer rental lodging websites, and users have to search across all of these sites to find the best option for their travels. Zilyo is solving this problem by aggregating lodging sites into one search engine. On Zilyo users […]

Sharing Economy Friends and Home Town Tour Swaps

I know I’ve written about this a few times now, but I’m still very much surprised by all the friends I’m making through house swapping and general sharing economy travel activities. This might be partly due to the incredible friendliness of people in Spain. But by the end of our recent trip we had more offers for tour […]

Free Hotel Stay in Madrid with Melia Points

Although most of my month long trip to Spain was done with home exchange for the lodging, there were two hotel stays. The first, in Bilbao where we used IHG points to stay for free, I’ve already written about. The second was in Madrid, where we got two free nights in Melia hotels.

Final Home Exchange in Spain: Points for Hospitality

In our final house swap on this month-long Spain adventure we’re staying in Granada at the home of a man I met through the website GuestToGuest. This site uses Guest Points as the currency of exchange, allowing members to earn points by hosting people in their home and then spending those points in any place […]

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