These days new sharing economy travel companies launch every week, and I sometimes discover established businesses that I had missed. All of these get added to my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services. Here’s the summary for April with a few items of news about older companies included as well. This year started off slow, but I found a […]
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Every year since starting this website I have updated my reviews of the major home exchange networks. Those that didn’t make any changes from the previous year don’t get updates. But I do write a lot of new reviews! And it’s time to start the update process again.
While in London recently I spent a night at the home of a family in Brentford. This is a town about halfway between the city and the airport. It looks a lot like the rest of the London suburbs. A place that I would never have visited on my own. But it turned out to be […]
A few weeks ago, a box of water filters showed up at my door, addressed to me. I was completely confused. I hadn’t ordered any water filters. The package was from a company I had never used. So it couldn’t be that they got my order mixed up with someone else. Why would someone order filters for […]
I’m not very good about keeping my home exchange network calendars up to date. In theory, everyone notes the dates they have available. This makes searching for a swap much easier. But with our travel plans constantly evolving, I often forget to update these calendars. Still I get a lot of requests that end up overlapping […]
It was March 13 when I remembered that I needed lodging in London for one night on April 15. That’s last minute in the world of home exchange. But I figured with points I might have a shot finding something. I hopped on to LoveHomeSwap, one of the networks I use, and searched for homes advertising […]
My recent post about LoveHomeSwap’s misleading advertising was very popular and inspired a lot of responses. Some people are concerned that there is a widespread practice of misinformation in home exchange. I want to address this fear with some facts.
On March 1 GuesttoGuest changed the way they calculate the point value of homes. GuestPoints are the currency this home exchange network uses house swapping. Everyone fixes on a value for a night in their home, and earns points by hosting guests. And then members spend those points staying at other people’s houses. I’ve written about the challenge of […]
These days new sharing economy travel companies launch every week, and I sometimes discover established businesses that I had missed. All of these get added to my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services. Here’s the summary for February and March.