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Free HomeExchange.com Membership

Once again this year HomeExchange.com is giving members a one year free membership to gift to someone else. The only requirements: the recipient must be new to this home exchange network, and it has to be redeemed by January 31, 2017.  

Peer to Peer Home Rental Insurance Pilot from Allstate

Many home insurance policies in the United States don’t cover peer-to-peer rentals. This means people listing their homes for rent on sites like AirBnb may not have insurance coverage if a renters steals stuff or trashes the house. The insurance industry has been slow to respond to the need for coverage in the now popular sharing […]

New Home Exchange Deal in Asia

Home Exchange options are very limited in Asia. But there are a lot of people traveling in that region, and a growing number of folks offering lodging on AirBnb-type rental sites. So it seems like a smart move that HomeExchange.com and TripVillas recently closed a deal to offer Home Exchange services to TripVillas Asia members. The press release […]

Leaving Bad Reviews for Home Exchanges

I’ve been thinking about how to leave a less-than-stellar review for a home exchange based on my experiences in Rome. I think there were some serious omissions to the ad for the flat, and I’m really surprised this host has only 5 star reviews. It wasn’t a bad exchange, but I want to warn other […]

Not all Home Exchanges are Perfect

I’ve had a lot of really good home exchange experiences. But they’re not all going to be perfect. My recent trip to Rome underscored this point, while still reminding me why I prefer home swapping to staying in a hotel.

Premium Home Exchange Services

I just got an announcement from HomeExchange.com about a new service they call Home Exchange Gold. This service existed a few years ago so technically it’s not new. But I believe the old service was for luxury homes and now this service is being marketed as more of a high touch experience. This got me […]

Are Extra Charges from Home Exchange Hosts OK?

I recently booked a home exchange on the Guest to Guest network for an upcoming trip to Rome. It’s a points-based exchange because I’m going with a friend so I can’t do a simultaneous swap. We will be staying in someone’s vacation home, which I think she occasionally rents out, but also uses regularly herself. […]

Sharing Economy Travel Businesses in Africa

On my recent trip to Kenya I spent some time searching around for peer-to-peer travel services that I might take advantage of in the region. One of my favorite activities companies, I Like Local, has a solid presence in Kenya. They offer some very interesting activities both in Nairobi and in the countryside, and it’s […]

Details on the Guest to Guest Home Exchange Trip Liability and Insurance

I was booking a home exchange on the Guest to Guest website recently and I noticed some good detail about liability and trip insurance you can purchase. A few months back I wrote about the new Guest to Guest medical insurance policies, and I really like that G2G is adding these features that many people purchase […]

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