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How Do You Find People Who Want to Home Swap?

Posted by on October 22, 2012

Munich, Germany – This 4 bedroom/1 bath home is available for home swap with HomeExchange.com. They have a total of 730 listings in Germany.

Munich, Germany – This 4 bedroom/1 bath home is available for home swap with HomeExchange.com. They have a total of 730 listings in Germany.

Is your family intrigued by this idea of a home swap vacation? Your partner likes the sound of free accommodations, your daughter loves the possibility of getting her own bedroom and you swoon over the opportunity to vacation in a real neighborhood, not in a noisy business district. If you have a young man in the family, I bet he would be excited to learn that bicycles, skateboards and Rollerblades could be waiting for him if you home swap on your next vacation. And NO rental fees on the sporting equipment!

Bicycles and Skates and Puppets, Oh My

When my family did a home exchange in Germany my son, Dillon, was 12 and my daughter, Michele was 8. The kind family we exchanged with departed for our home in San Diego the day after we arrived but before they left they showed us around their beautiful home and neighborhood. They had three children of similar ages to ours. I’ll never forget when Gerhard, our host, opened the door to a wooden shed in their yard that revealed bicycles for all of us. And yes, skates too. Germany is where Dillon taught Michele to Rollerblade. Her smile was as big as one of those wonderful soft pretzels! The 2-story German home was located on a quiet, level street. Our kids were actually safer riding around that neighborhood than our own in San Diego where college kids would often speed down our street.

No electricity required! - These colorful hand puppets came with the house where we home exchanged in Germany. Hours of fun for the kids… creative fun.

No electricity required! - These colorful hand puppets came with the house where we home exchanged in Germany. Hours of fun for the kids… creative fun.

Are you thinking that this all sounds interesting, but how in the world do you find these people who want to home exchange?

My Top Four Home Swap Agency Recommendations

Amazingly, there are more than 70, yes, 70 organizations that provide a database of people just like you who are looking to home swap on their next vacation. One company lists 41,000 homes from 150 countries! Another offers 2,000 homes in 70 countries. One home swap agency has a network of Christian members and yet another company has gathered together Jewish members. There’s a home exchange company for seniors, teachers and those with disabilities too. The options are endless.

There are four home swap agencies I can endorse with confidence. I’ve created a list of these agencies and included essential information about each of them. To receive this list simply enter your name and e-mail address in the red and yellow box on the front page of my blog and the document will magically appear in your inbox!

Paris, France – You could vacation for free in this 5-bedroom/2-bath flat available from HomeLink.org. They have 1,778 listings in France.

Paris, France – You could vacation for free in this 5-bedroom/2-bath flat available from HomeLink.orgThey have 1,778 listings in France.

If you haven’t noticed, I love sharing insider tips about home exchange. I want you and your family to reap the same rewards my family has. Home exchange allows you to experience the world in an affordable and authentic way.

My “children” are now in their 20s and home swap travel remains one of our touchstones.

Your Turn

Are you ready to try home swap? Leave a comment below!

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