Nick Jenkins, journalist and recent Home Base Holidays member, wrote an article, published by icHounslow on 28 January, on his first home exchange to Italy last summer. Nick wrote:
'..... We had heard about house exchanges but it was only one autumn evening after a glass or two of wine that we decided to take it further.
We began by signing up with Home Base, an internet-only agency. For a £29 annual subscription, our carefully-worded description of our house - with a picture taken on a sunny day - was rapidly posted on their website.
We were astonished by the almost instant response. Within days we had received offers from all over the world - including a family wanting to swap their extraordinary-sounding home in the Mojave desert for our suburban south London terrace.
We decided, perhaps not very adventurously, to restrict our first swap to somewhere accessible by a budget airline. So that ruled out the desert.'.....
Read Nick's full article on his family's home exchange to Rome.