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Colorado dude ranches offer $100 discount to Canadians

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

When it comes to the American West, riding horseback under a huge sky with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop is about as “local” as it gets. And in 2014 and 2015, four ranches in Grand County—about 160 kilometres west of Denver—are encouraging Canadians to discover their inner cowboy or cowgirl by offering a $100 […]

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E-books about home exchanging and vacation rentals

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Although increasingly popular, home exchanges and vacation rentals remain a mystery to many travellers. Toronto writer Sandra Pearson recently published two e-books that provide some good tips for people hoping to arrange a house exchange or rent a self-catering property. There is some overlap in content between the two books. Home Exchanging: Your Guide to […]

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Contest: Win a Mexican villa vacation for four!

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ever dreamed of a Mexican villa vacation for four? Now’s your chance to win one! Paradise Hunter, a TV show that showcases the vacation home life around the world, is giving away a week in a villa in Akumal on the Mayan Riviera. To enter the contest, you just have to sign up for the […]

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Greatest hits from Facing the Street: My 7 links

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Way back in July, I blush to admit, fellow blogger Edie Jarolim very kindly invited me to participate in a blogosphere event called My 7 Links. Edie writes the wonderful pet-lovers’ blog Will My Dog Hate Me?, which is by turns hilarious, informative and heartbreaking, depending on the day. And My 7 Links is sponsored […]

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24 tips for renting a vacation property

Posted on March 24th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Arranging a short-term rental of an apartment, house or cottage in a residential neighbourhood is one of my favourite ways to “feel like a local.” (Above is the apartment we rented for a week in Buenos Aires.) But the prospect can be a bit intimidating. Unlike booking a room at an international chain hotel through […]

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Wanna buy a home-swap site?

Posted on October 15th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ever wanted to run your own home exchange site? Do you have an artistic bent? Montreal-based ArtStudioExchanges.com is for sale (along with its French-language version, TrocAtelier.com). Aimed at artists and art teachers who need somewhere to stay for a vacation or sabbatical, the home-swap site is for sale because the owner–a full-time artist and picture […]

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Everything you wanted to know about home swaps

Posted on August 28th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Well, I’m not sure if it’s everything you wanted to know about home swaps, but I’ve done my best to include lots of useful information in my recent article on home exchanging for SlowEurope.com. You’ll find interviews with home exchangers, an annotated list of some of the leading sites with European listings, and more. And […]

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Video: House swapping from SmartMoney.com

Posted on June 15th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Every time the economy hits a roadblock, a whole new generation of media and travelers seems to rediscover home swapping as though it had just been invented. The truth is, though, that this fun and frugal way of seeing the world has been around since the 1950s. Back in the day, swapping clubs published huge […]

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More info on Montserrat villa

Posted on June 8th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

A while ago, I wrote a blog post about the Caribbean island of Montserrat, where I spent a great vacation with my sisters and our husbands. I’ve just found out that our rental villa, Surf Sighed, has its own website. It’s a lovely, affordable tropical rental with a pretty pool deck and great views. If […]

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Video: CNN on the joys of house swapping

Posted on May 22nd, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

CNN first aired this video on home swapping in 2005, but the tips and insights on are pretty timeless. And even though the woman profiled has a flat in Manhattan, don’t think you have to have a home in a hot tourist area to swap! With a little work, you can probably find someone somewhere […]

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