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Nightswapping Pivots from Home Exchange to Rental Lodging

The Nightswapping home exchange network has pivoted into a peer-to-peer rental lodging network. They still claim to offer home exchanges. But the entire system is based on paying money for lodging and there’s little resembling house swapping remaining. As a result I’ve removed Nightswapping from my home exchange network spreadsheet and instead added them into […]

Everything you need to know to get started home exchanging

This is a beginners guide to home exchange. Many people find my website because they want to get started house swapping. This post is meant to teach you the basics. It’s been over a year since I wrote my Getting Started with Home Exchange post.  Some things have changed and I have written some new stuff […]

Swap Pets for Free Pet Sitting

For people with pets, travel comes with extra stress and expense. Finding someone you trust to care for your pet isn’t easy. PetFam offers a solution to this pet sitting problem. It’s a peer to peer network connecting people with other pet owners in their neighborhood. PetFam launched this free service in Vancouver last year. […]

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 […]

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