One of the great bonuses of editing Home Swappers newsletter is the interaction with many Home Base Holidays members and subscribers. Most issues of the newsletter (six a year) include a feature article written by a member on their personal home swap experiences. If you’re thinking that might be the equivalent of ‘Would you like to look at my holiday snaps?’, it’s not at all! Each article is unique, covering different aspects of swapping homes and its benefits. This provides a range of perspectives on home swapping by experienced exchangers of varying ages, nationalities and lifestyles.
Home exchange feature stories published in Home Swappers in 2009:
Top Ten Tips from Very Experienced Home Exchangers - '60+ Exchanges.....as you see we are completely captivated by home exchange holidays and constantly remind friends what a wonderful concept this is.’ Read in full.
Helping 'Virgin-swappers', Insurance Issues and Tips –‘ Because we have enjoyed such wonderful swaps to Perth, Sydney and the Sunshine Coast, and as our couple are "virgin-swappers", I want to make this a happy experience for them. Read in full.
Expat Living in Amsterdam: House-swap that Delivered the Goods – ‘Slowly the email enquiries started trickling in. A couple from London suggested a week-long swap. Their apartment was within a stone's throw of London Bridge. Nursing first-timers' butterflies my better half, Frank, and I rolled our wheelie suitcases towards our swap address.’ The photo is of Angela and Frank while on an exchange holiday in France in 2009. Read in full
Unique Homes Available for Exchange – Maybe you know the expression, 'Were you born in a barn?', used to scold a child for leaving the house door open. From looking through several Home Base Holidays listings, quite a few members might have been born in a barn - or in a pub, a church ...! Here's a few samples of unique homes available for exchange. Read in full.
Regular Home Swaps... and the Dogs Came Too - ‘Imagine our surprise when he turned up with just a very small grip which could only have held a couple of shirts and change of underwear for a 2 week visit! Our car was crammed as if we were going to Siberia!’ Read in full.
What's really Involved in Home Exchange – ‘House exchange, on the face of it, sounds both exotic and practical. However initially my husband disagreed. He thought it a thoroughly bad idea, akin to leaving your front door ajar or buying second-hand shoes.’ Read in full.