Archive for the ‘Home Exchanges’ Category

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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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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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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Another chance to win a home exchange club membership!

Posted on March 31st, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Julie Ovenell-Carter’s contest to win a free membership in a home exchange club continues to generate interest! Just this week, another home exchange website, 1stHomeExchange.com, offered to give away a one-year membership to her readers–and sent a link to 66 great tips for home exchangers. Head over to the contest post at theseboots.travel for details.

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Win a free year’s membership in a home exchange club

Posted on March 21st, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

My friend Julie Ovenell-Carter writes a great travel blog called These Boots, which is aimed at independent travellers, and she’s running a contest. The prizes? One-year memberships offered by two home exchange organizations, HomeLink International and Intervac. All you have to do to enter is go to the blog post announcing the contest and leave […]

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Five tips for happy house swappers

Posted on March 3rd, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

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Given the economy, more and more people are considering house swapping as a great way to save money on their next trip. (Of course, “like a local” sorts have been doing it for years, as much to get a taste of local culture as to cut down on expenses.) On your next swap, here are […]

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Long-term house swapping

Posted on January 28th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Until very recently, if you Googled “house swapping,” you’d generally uncover sites such as HomeLink and Intervac: organizations that focus on helping vacationers switch homes for a few weeks at a time. Lately, however, I’ve been hearing about more people arranging longer exchanges. Swaps of six months to a year have long been a small […]

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Video: Value of house swapping

Posted on January 9th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Stacy Johnson of MoneyTalksNews.com is the latest in a series of reporters who have realized that house swapping makes financial sense in a tough economy. His video focuses on a Florida couple who have swapped 20 times.

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