Home Exchanging Around the World

We have written a lot about home exchange, as one of our top methods of traveling for free — and one of our favorite ways to travel, period. Exchanging homes not only lets you stay somewhere completely free (and save a lot of money on food as you have a kitchen); it also allows you to stay like a local, discovering neighborhoods instead of tourist traps.

In our book, How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!), we share very specific resources, tips, advice and steps to take in order to successfully exchange homes. Our favorite method is through HomeExchange.com — I have personally done more than a dozen exchanges through them, all over the world, over the past five years.

Just to show you how effective it can be, we wanted to share an exciting journey just being undertaken by Hannah and Chris, two HomeExchange.com members from the U.K. who have just embarked on a trip around the world — staying entirely at home exchanges, entirely for free!

Check out Chris and Hannah’s blog, to follow their Home Exchange journey!

In other recent news, here’s an alert for a great contest:

American Airlines AAdvantage Summer Miles Challenge

Submit a video for a chance to win 100,000 AAdvantage miles!

Share a story about how you redeemed AAdvantage miles for a memorable trip, by uploading a 30-to-60 second video. You can go a lot of places with 100,000 miles — and if you combine that with home exchanges, you now have an amazing FREE TRIP around the world!

And while you’re at collecting airline miles for free travel, check out our best, latest finds for racking up those points using credit cards. You generally only have to make a small purchase to qualify (charge something you would have bought anyway!), and can cancel any time.


About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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6 Responses to Home Exchanging Around the World

  1. Sandy Seale says:

    And the people you exchange with are usually very happy to give you all their fave places to eat & cool things to see & do that aren’t in the usual tourist books. They can give you ins & outs of the city; often loaning you their car to. Love home exchanges!!!


  2. Keith and I just set up a local (Texas coast) home exchange for the first weekend in August. Easy, and free, weekend getaway. Don’t miss out!


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