The Q & A post last week, How to avoid the disappointment of out-of-date, unavailable home exchange offers, was based on an enquiry received that day from Jill from Auckland, New Zealand. Jill was naturally cautious about joining another home exchange service after finding many listings on other sites to be out-of-date. Jill wrote:
‘Thank you for your very informative letter and such a quick response. We will now join your group and make contact with the Glastonbury exchangers. We thought you might think us a bit cheeky asking, but after our other experiences we were a bit wary. You have reassured us and renewed our faith in the idea of home exchanges.’
I’m pleased to report that Jill did join Home Base Holidays right away and I believe is currently in negotiation to arrange an exchange with the member in Glastonbury whose listing was of most interest (the members were looking for an exchange to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and so it looked a potentially very good match). Let’s hope it all goes well for both parties!
Jill’s home (pictured above) is situated handily to the Bay of Islands and the famous Rotorua with its thermal parks. Also the Coromandel Peninsular with its beautiful white sandy beaches backed by a magnificent native bush clad mountain range. Read full home exchange offer and see more photos.
As with any major international sporting event, accommodation near the RWC venues is bound to be at a premium. Home exchange offers in the area will be very popular and so it is a good idea to list your home in New Zealand, or start looking for an exchange there, early to avoid disappointment. Most members will mention within their descriptions if their homes are in areas likely to be popular during any major event or if they are looking for an exchange to attend an event. To locate such listings, use the Keyword Search function, entering the main phrase (in this case, Rugby World Cup) and search.