A few weeks ago, we published a series of posts on some of the many reasons Home Base Holidays members give (apart from vacations) for arranging home swaps. Members are always finding new ways to benefit from home exchange and here are a few more:
To take part in the New York marathon
London, England: I am Italian and my boyfriend Australian. I am running the NY marathon on the 6th November 2011 and I would like to exchange from the 2nd to the 10th November. Non-simultaneous exchange is possible as we travel a lot. My friend will be running with me so we are a party of three.
We have a one bedroom modern flat in the heart of London, 2 minutes walk from Tower Bridge and a 5 minute walk to London Bridge Station.
To make friends and see places beyond the superficial tourist level
Winchfield, Hampshire, England: We would love to make friends with people we swap with. We value cultural diversity, love to travel and see places beyond the superficial tourist level - hence home swap.
Superior character home in a small safe community in rural Hampshire. Magnificent 12 feet high ceilings, plenty of natural light, all the main rooms are large and spacious. It is beautifully furnished but lived-in so it's cosy and comfortable. Go for a walk along the charming canal and Tundry pond and watch the ducks, swans, deer, squirrels and foxes in this area of natural beauty. Take a 5 minute stroll to a delightful country pub with gourmet food, managed by our friends, enjoy cricket and BBQs in the summer.
To go to a football match
Bristol, England: I am a freelance musician and live here in Bristol with my son, Joe (17) who is just about to return to Bristol College to study A levels. He is MAD, and I mean MAD about football...an Arsenal supporter, as we used to live in London right near the stadium. This is particularly the reason for wanting Barcelona as we are coming over for a football match as well as to visit the beautiful city which we have been to before.
We have a two bedroom maisonette (Ground floor and first floor) in a large Georgian house, a period building with high ceilings. Self contained, own entrance with front garden. We are in South East Bristol, about 20 minutes by bus from the city centre.
To be near a family member having medical treatment
Pendeen, Cornwall, England: We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children (9 month old twins). We are looking for a house in the Cambridge area to swap with for some time over the summer period so we can be near family as they undergo medical treatment.
Our family home is a 3 bed room double fronted traditional Cornish cottage in a village at the west tip of Cornwall close to numerous beaches and a few miles from St Ives and Lands End.
To celebrate retirement
London, England: My husband and I are 60+ professional people who work in the arts. We wish to spend 6 months living in Tuscany or Sicily or Sardinia or similar to celebrate the beginning of Retirement.
Beautiful quiet apartment on ground floor in secure block in central London just half a mile from Houses of Parliament. Communal garden and sunny private patio area.
To attend drama school
Cushendun, Northern Ireland: We are a party of 3 (Denis, Judith and our 9 year old son, Matthew). We are travelling to New York to be close to our daughter, Jasmin, who is attending a summer drama school for a month.
Our holiday home in the picturesque and quaint seaside village of Cushendun - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Ireland's North Coast. Just a short stroll from the harbour and beach, this idyllic location provides a real contrast to city life.