'Last summer I experienced my first swap: I exchanged my house in Stintino - Sardinia, with a house in Edinburgh, and all my family really enjoyed it, though my husband was a bit doubtful at first about having unknown people living in our place.
Everything went smoothly, the children found new toys and new friends to play with, a new place to explore, new (however temporary) neighbours to talk to and ask for help or information. A plunge into the real life of a different country, much better than staying in an anonymous hotel or holiday resort, not to speak about how much you can save!
We also swapped our car, so we could travel around and see more of the place. Great! The only thing I would suggest (just to help people who are new to the experience and may be sceptical, like my husband) can be to provide direct feedback for each swapper, so that you can feel reassured by other people's previous connections. As for the rest, smashing!'. - Sabrina
Sabrina's exchange offer: Comfortable independent house (130 mq) just across a little beach inside the cosy village of Stintino, world famous for the astounding beauty of its sea and sandy or rocky beaches. Read full Home Exchange offer and see more photos.
Editor's Note: Thank you for your trip report - glad to hear your first exchange was smashing! Thanks also for your suggestion. We really appreciate feedback and many new features introduced by Home Base Holidays are a result of user comments. See follow-up on member ratings idea in next post, Saturday 23rd October.