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Save a lot of money on your next vacation by swapping homes.

One Great Way to Save Money on Your Next Vacation is to Swap Homes with a Fellow Home Exchanger Who is Living Where You Want to Vacation.

The cost of a hotel room, or accommodations at an inn or resort can be a significant part of the cost of a vacation. Why not save all of that money by simply trading homes with someone who lives where you want to vacation and who also happens to be someone who wants to vacation where you live.

Not only do you get the full run of a home with a full kitchen instead of a cramped room with a couple of beds and a bathroom - but you also get to experience actually LIVING in your vacation destination. "... is the vacation alternative where two families agree to swap homes for a vacation... 'You stay in my house while I stay in yours.'..."

FREE GUIDE: Trading Places: The ABC's of Home Exchange has a wealth of  information including sample letters and agreement forms.

What is Home Exchange?

Home exchangers trade their homes, condominiums or apartments at a time that is convenient to both parties, but these are not the only types of accommodations that one gets to choose from. For example, one exchanger traded his home for a 40-foot yacht. Another couple swapped their villa in Italy for a RV in Oregon because they had always wanted to tour the U.S. in true nomadic style. Often, home exchangers will include their automobiles as part of the package.

If the idea of home exchange is unfamiliar to you, or even a bit frightening, rest assured -- there are 250,000+ successful home exchanges every year. Swapping homes can bring many unexpected rewards. Just consider the following benefits:

  • You get a much closer look at other cultures. You get a "feel" for the places you visit.
  • The connections you make with your home exchange partners can turn into lifelong friendships.
  • If you're doing a home exchange, your home is being cared for while you're away.
  • More flexibility and freedom. You can prepare meals at home, and come and go as you please.
  • It's a free place to stay.
  • You've got more privacy.

6000+ Members.  Totally free to use and contact members.  This "open system" brings paid members a lot more exposure for their exchange than does one who limits or restricts their exchanges to "members only".

Membership "buys" you:

  • Email contact directly to you from your listing - 24/7.
  • Your contact information and email address are always kept private.
  • Free, unlimited photos of your home.
  • Update your listing whenever you want - 24/7.
  • View 200 new and updated listings from  member area.
  • Get email notifications of new listings from where you want to go
Is it free to read the listings and send a message to a member?
Yes. is open to all visitors to read our listings and contact a member directly from the member's personal home exchange or vacation rental offer. Yet, because we value the privacy of our members, our advanced home exchange system hides our members' names and email addresses. The message you send, however, will be sent directly to the owner of the listing.

I'm a senior citizen. Why should I list my home with

Why restrict your potential home exchange experience to your age group? Isn't it more important to find a home exchange partner and be able to travel than to exchange only within your age group? can provide a maximum number of potential home exchange partners - not an age restricted group. If you do not want to exchange with a family with children (or any other particulars) just state this in your listing - this will allow you to maximize options while maintaining control over choices.


More "Free to View and Contact" Exchange Groups

Craig's List has listing of San Francisco Bay area residents who are looking for exchanges.

Global Home Exchange
Free to view and contact lister. Paid members can also post listings. Includes long and short-term exchanges.  Privately owned vacation rentals included.
Free to view listings and contact members. Paid members can also list. Worldwide exchange.

Membership Sites with Free Registration

HomeAfar Global House Exchange 
New site offers free listings. 
Is part of a multi-language group of 5 house swapping sites. "On our pages you will certainly find the home exchange you are looking for all over the world: UK, USA, Europe but even Caribbean, Australia, Canada and much more. Check out our home exchange database. We have more than 3200 members at the moment. Subscription is FREE at this time so join us today and arrange your next house exchange immediately."

The Traveler Exchange
Small world-wide exchange with free registration.



First Home Exchange Alliance.

FHEA agencies provide a wide selection of new, descriptive exchange offers throughout the year. Although we aim to provide a large range of up-to-date listings in several countries worldwide, the balance of listings between different countries is equally important to ensure members have the best chances of arranging the swaps they want.
Add a home or view the daily updated listing of houses and apartments in Australia, England, USA, Canada and many other countries. Full details can be found, including condition of the home, local transportation, number of rooms and some with photos.

Article: Try Out a New Country the Easy Way: Swap Homes!

First Home Exchange Alliance Member Agencies

Home Base Holidays By joining Home Base Holidays you have access to listings from all FHEA agencies.

Green Theme International
Luxury villas, city apartments, chalets, cottages and homes. Listing include photos, date of availability, local attractions, number of rooms and special features.

Invented City
International home exchange agency. Houses and apartments. Short terms and long-terms.

Paid Members-Only Home Exchanges
"Looking for a Home Exchange in France?... many offers from around 20 countries especially in France, our specialty. We are so sure you will find to exchange in France that, if you don't, we offer you a second year membership for free!"

Digsville Home Exchange Club
World wide home exchange. Membership costs $45 a year. Travel and Leisure calls it "...  the eBay of house-swapping: it's easy to navigate, and members include photos as well as feedback. Damage and theft are rarely a problem, but some members still request references and secure valuables." Listings include travel date, activities, number of rooms, amenities, etc.
Worldwide members-only exchange. Listing categories include home, hospitality, youth hospitality, house-sitting, week-end.

Worldwide Member-only exchange.

Worldwide member-only exchange claims to have world's largest database: over 7,000 homes.  Seems to have a strong European leaning.

Home Exchanges for Seniors

Seniors Home Exchange
Exclusively for the over 50 age group seeking accommodation while in transit, for vacations or on side trips. Become a member to take part in the forums, and to list your home for exchange.

Home Exchanges for Singles

Singles Home Exchange International
International meeting place where members receive unlimited exchanges, access to the forum and member profiles, as well as the ability to chat with members to ask questions about the home or apartment for exchange.

Home Exchanges for Professors

Sabbatical Homes
International academic home exchange and rental listing service. Find or list houses or apartments for rent, exchange, house-sitting, sabbatical leave, research trips, exchange programs, relocation or vacations. "...
Since 2000, is the leading worldwide internet-based directory for home exchange, temporary housing, furnished homes, home rentals and tenant listing opportunities devoted to serving the academic community.We provide a listing service to academics worldwide who temporarily need to offer or search house for rent, home exchange or house-sitting..."

Gay and Lesbian Home Exchanges

Mi Casa Su Casa Gay and Lesbian Home Trade Network

Cheap and Free Travel

Retire in style on a tropical Caribbean Island on $800 a month?  Discover the new "Margaritaville"... and retire in style on your SS check!

Travel Cheap by Exchanging Homes.  You can travel anywhere in the world for the cost of your plane fare or gas ... by setting up a house exchange in advance.  You can even exchange an RV... or an apartment... or a yacht.

Travel for Free as a Tour Leader.  Organize a safari... or a scuba diving tour... or cruise the world. We have found travel agencies who are ACTIVELY seeking tour leaders.  Some of them even provide extensive promotional help... including brochures and websites.

Teachers Travel Free Leading Educational Trips. Cash stipends often available.

Travel Free as a Church Tour Leader  Earn a free trip or cruise or pilgrimage... and in some cases earn as much as $10,000 per trip for you or your church by organizing and leading a tour.

Travel Free and Earn Cash as a College Campus Rep.  Promote Spring Break Travel on your campus, and earn trips and cash. 

Free Trips and Cash as a High School Trip Organizer.  Top organizers earn $10,000.

Free Trips to Israel

Free Gay and Lesbian Travel

Free Travel Directory 

Home Exchange Directory

Article: How to Travel for Free 

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Cheap Las Vegas Restaurants  Buffets and other cheap places to dine.



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