Although home exchange (a direct swap of homes between two members, usually at the same time) is the most common choice of Home Base Holidays members, there are a number of other options (see details), including hospitality exchange.
Hospitality exchange: offer hospitality in your home to an individual member, couple or family for agreed dates and, in turn, be hosted in their home at another time.
What is included in a hospitality exchange is agreed between members but will, at a minimum, include bed and breakfast. Often additional meals will be part of the agreement. Many members who arrange such swaps enjoy having guests, introducing them to friends and showing them the local sights.
'We had successful hospitality exchanges (3) in June/July 2011 in London, Cornwall & Ireland. It was lovely meeting new people and sharing their lives for a brief time. We are still looking forward to them to come and make the big trip to Melbourne to stay with us.
We will be visiting Scotland for 11 days June 2013 and are looking for places to stay for 2 to 3 nights. Ideally we would like non-simultaneous or hospitality exchange, but house swap would also be considered. We think part of the fun in travelling is getting to know the locals as well as seeing the countryside and sights. We like to do a long trip every year or two and shorter local trips more often.'
The couple, both teachers, and their children aged nine and 10, offer hospitality (or home swap), in their comfortable, child-friendly home (in photo) in the leafy suburb of Wheelers Hill; in-ground pool, BBQ area and a lovely relaxing garden. Read full details and see more photos.