Live in London? Want to visit Amsterdam?

Home Swaps AmsterdamIf so we have a lovely home exchange offer in Amsterdam! studio appartment (15min away from central station by tram) located in the east part of Amsterdam next to the Oosterpark, close to a big market in a lovely and quite living area.

The owners are looking to visit London

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Home swap in this handsome central London Victorian house

House ExchangeHandsome three-story Victorian terraced family home in Islington, Central London. Close to the trendy shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of Islington, Stoke Newington and Hoxton and the famous east end markets at Columbia Road, Brick Lane and London Fields.

Exchange Request: Open to offers

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Stay in the trendy seaside town of Brighton – 50mins from central London!

Brighton Home SwapsVictorian terraced house opposite a pretty park with playground. Local shops and a (child-friendly) gastro pub around the corner. 15 mins on bus to Brighton, the seafront, and the famous Pavilion and Lanes. Brighton is a lively seaside town on the south coast – just 50 mins from London on the train.

Exchange Request: Open to offers

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Home exchange arranged for the Olympics: Swapping Canada for England

‘Our London exchange home looks a perfectly nice, clean place with parking and a wee garden, occupied by a family of three just like us, and so seemed a good “safe” choice (safe, as in, you know just what to expect). So if it is lacking in extraordinary views, fascinating historical associations, or long-steeped atmosphere, it will make up for in predictability, a premium commodity indeed when travelling. In short, it may not be haunted by the ghost of Virginia Woolf, but at least it’s not haunted. Moreover, its location makes it easy to get by Underground to Stratford Tube station, for the main Olympic site, and this is a bonus too. We wouldn’t have felt safe getting any of the four sets of tickets we’ve got without first being certain of our swap accommodations (You really do have to jump for those tickets very early when they are briefly made available in lots and by country online).

We always knew we wanted to do a home exchange, having dreamed of it for many years, since before it went online and the listings were in big thick catalogues we would borrow from retired colleagues (veteran exchangers) to browse through. So the swap bug has been in us a long while, but frankly since my health problems (with fatigue, pain and mobility issues due to MS) have made regular travel increasingly more daunting, the idea of home exchange has become even more appealing. The format promotes a slower pace and guarantees me a way to rest without holding my family back from whatever adventures they are up to. And without hearing cash register bells ca-ching-ing crazily in my head at the thought of all that money “wasted” on the hotel bed I’m resting in. So, I think home exchange allows you to be as well as do and see.

The Olympic trip idea has been in the works a long time as well. Joe already has two Games trips under his belt – Barcelona and Los Angeles.

Which brings us to the third bug, which is England. I’ve been, Joe hasn’t yet, and he is convinced that I am drawn there because of a previous life as an English lady. So it seems, perhaps because of my background in English lit?  Anyhow, you don’t need an excuse to spend time in the UK’. – Gloria Getty, Woodstock, Ont, Canada

Note: Gloria, Joe and daughter, Harper are exchanging their large 1894 Victorian home (in photo above), complete with turret, in Woodstock, Ontario for the Salter family’s modern home in South Woodford, East London.

Article source: Travel the Home Exchange Way

Home Swap in one of London’s most friendly and quirky neighbourhoods

London Home ExchangeLovely home just a short walk from one of London’s most friendly and quirky neighbourhoods, with bookshops, coffee shops, organic supermarket, deli- butcher’s, FarmersMarket and Classed Park with its newly renovated Georgian mansion.

Exchange Request: Australia, Sydney, Open to offers

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April Home Swap Newsletter – out now!

Home Swappers NewsletterThe April 2012 home exchange newsletter “Home Swappers” is available to download now. Click here to view the newsletter: Home Swappers

April newsletter includes:

  • Featured listing: Pelican House on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • London: a foodie Heaven for a home swap
  • Warning: beware of bogus Olympics ticket sites
  • Member offer: tickets for La Traviata, Sydney
  • Two journalists’ requests: Long-term UK swap + veteran and novice home exchangers

Live in London? Want to visit Cape Town?

South African Home ExchangeIf so we have a fantastic home exchange offer in Cape Town! This luxury mid-century modern home has wonderful views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Table Bay and the city centre. It’s nestled just below the mountain in Higgovale, a short drive to the Table Mountain Cable Station.

The owners are looking to visit London sometime between June and July 2012

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