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Mi Casa, Su Casa: Home Exchanges for Vacation

Updated on April 10, 2012

Its not a bad idea. It does work, It requires a lot of faith in the exchange partners but it can be the BEST way to vacation and really open up your possibilities. That is what Home Exchanges are all about.

Basically, you join of the several businesses that do home exchanges within their clientele. For instance, Homeexchange.com out of Hermosa Beach, CA., offers 41000 listings in 146 countries to do your "exchange with". Homelink International out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., has listings in 75 countries. Once you join, for a fee, you simply search as to where you wish to go visit for 2-4 weeks, maybe more. You make contact with the homeowners in that country, make arrangements, guide lines, sign agreements, negotiate terms. You can even include your car. During the negotiation period, which can last many days, pictures can be sent, terms set, location details. Once both parties agree on all the terms, the largest expense is travel to that country or State, next is, buying local foods, language, getting around, if no car is provided. The worse problems arrive in the form of cancellations or cleanliness. But, seldom is there an issue about theft or damage because both parties have to trust one another with their home.

Some home exchangers have been to Paris and London numerous times, Australia, Hong Kong. Most of the places are nice and you know long before you go what the house you will be staying in is like, what it has, expectations, location. There are few surprises.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This sounds like a good option for travelers and will save some money. I think you mentioned the key: you have to have faith in your exchange partners. I am sure that there are ways to double check the partners validity as well. I am sure many people have made great friends in this manner.

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