Off topic: Home swapping
Thread poster: Hilary Bruce

Hilary Bruce  Identity Verified
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Nov 18, 2008

I'm considering trying home swapping instead of renting accommodation for holidays and trips back home to the UK. However there seems to be a fair choice of associations and I'm looking for recommendations/advice from others who may have tried the experience themselves or may know people who have done so. I thought that as Proz is such an international community it is likely that some fellow Prozians might well be home swappers. Please share your experiences here.

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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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Hmm... North Sea is great in summer, Nov 18, 2008

...and there's nothing like a tantalizing sun. Would you swap with me?


Hilary, I remember seeing a couple of ads for home swapping in the Exchange section. Take a look!


Good luck


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Saskia Steur  Identity Verified
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Homelink Nov 18, 2008

Hi there,
We are a family of five, 2 adults and 3 children aged 8, 9 and 12 and we have been doing home exchanges for the holidays for 7 years, predominantly through Homelink. www.homelink.org Some other organisations may be more useful to you, depending on the country of destination.

Best regards,
Saskia


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Intervac Nov 18, 2008

My family has done house swapping a couple of times through an organization called Intervac (www.intervac.com). We were satisfied with it, but never tried another one, so we don't know what we might have missed out on

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Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Homeexchange Nov 19, 2008

I used homeexchange.com last year. My entry has now lapsed and I am not sure whether to renew for next year but it was a great experience.
Gillian


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Hilary Bruce  Identity Verified
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Thanks for your replies Dec 2, 2008

I am trying to decide between Homelink and Intervac, but I think Intervac may be more commonly used in the UK so I will probably try with them. When I've done my first exchange I'll update this thread with details of my own experience. Thanks to everyone who replied, your help was appreciated.
To Ozden, thanks for your offer. If I ever fancy a quick break in your area I'll be in touch


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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You're most welcome. Dec 2, 2008

Seriously. Anytime!

Hilary Bruce wrote:
To Ozden, thanks for your offer. If I ever fancy a quick break in your area I'll be in touch


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