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Matthew Rustige

Saint Louis, Missouri

Any Advice for Home Exchange?

Hello!

I've been looking into doing a home exchange for extended travel (a month or more for a couple with a 3 year old and a small dog). We're mainly looking to do this in the U.S. or Canada for now.

I've started to look into some of the different websites that offer this service, but in my research so far, there are more options than I expected, and there doesn't seem to be a clear answer for the one or two best choices, especially for a focus on U.S. travel.

I'm curious if anyone has experience or advice on doing a home exchange/home swap. Is it really a viable option for extended travel? Even if you don't have an ocean front cottage in Hawaii? Any advice on specific websites or services to use? Anyone interested in visiting St. Louis for a month?

Thanks in advance!

Matt

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  • Karen Barlow

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    Check out trustedhousesitters.com. You can use someone else's home, even if they don't need/want to use yours. Good luck!

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  • Lars-Christian Elvenes

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    Rolf Potts (author of Vagabonding) was just on The Tim Ferriss Show (podcast) discussing travel. He talked a bit about home swaps and more. Check out the link to the show here: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2014/11/04/rolf-potts/ and take look through the comments. I haven't had the time yet, but you'll often find additional tips in that section as well. Tim engages quite a bit of people through his work. Do a search for travel on his website as well (www.thefourhourworkweek.com) and I'm sure you'll find a thing or two.


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      LC - Thanks for the answer and ideas. That exact podcast is actually how I first learned about trippy.com! · (0 likelikes)

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      Hahaha, me too :) Sorry I couldn't be of more help. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Xavier Laballós

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    Check this out: www.mytwinplace.com/hosts It is a traveler community where you can use other's house and your host will earn points (travel credit) to book his/her stay in his desire destinations. Then you can host people too when your place or room is available to earn more points to keep travelling. This breaks the reciprocity which makes the whole thing much easyer compare to tradicional home exchange sites.

    Cheers.


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      Xavier, Thanks so much for the response. I will check out that site; at first glance it looks promising. So far, we have had decent luck with HomeLink-USA.org, but more options would be great, especially, as you mentioned, without the reciprocity of a typical exchange. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Alisa Warmund Kermisch

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    Matt,

    We have used www.homeexchange.com for about 3 years and have had only successful exchanges. It's a great way to travel especially with children (mine are 4.5 and 6) we almost never stay in hotels now. Exchanging takes a little planning, good communication and a good home profile! Good luck!

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      We've used www.mytwinplace.com for last 3 years with 12 successful swaps around the glove. We are a family with 2 kids and no doubt this is the best way to explore new places. Enjoy your house swaps! · (0 likelikes)

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