I was delighted to be invited to write a guest post on home exchange for At Home in Tuscany by Gloria, a born and bred Tuscan whose love for her region attracts many readers to her blog. The post, Home Exchange - Feeling "at Home" Away from "Home" published yesterday, is the third in a series on what the expression to ‘feel at home away from home’ means to the various authors. And what better way to feel at home than to swap homes, living in a ‘real’ home in a ‘real’ neighborhood!
I began the post with a quote from Home Base Holidays members, John and Marilyn, that I feel sums up the attraction of home exchange very well:
‘Nothing can beat the excitement when home exchange offers are received, unless it is the excitement of exploring a new home on arrival. We love getting to know "our" new neighbours, caring for pets and immersing ourselves in a new environment.’ – from an article in Home Swappers Newsletter, ‘Top Ten Tips from Very Experienced Home Exchangers’
John and Marilyn have had over 60 home swaps so are particularly well qualified to describe the benefits of home exchange! See their exchange offer and home (pictured), a 17th century sandstone cottage with exposed stonework, oak beams and many original features but all modern conveniences, in a tiny village near Appleby in Cumbria, England.
Also view Gloria’s exchange offer, ‘an apartment right in the heart of Pisa, opposite the city walls and the world-known Campo dei Miracoli where the Leaning Tower is’.
Read the full article, Home Exchange – Feeling “at Home” Away from “Home”, and please leave a comment on the post if you have thoughts on the topic of what it means to feel at home or, if you live far from your country of birth, do you feel as I do, that ‘home’ can mean more than one country.