The topic for this year's Blog Action Day is food. Thousands of bloggers are publishing posts related in some way to food today. Some will focus on the pleasures of fine dining, favourite recipes, or their regional specialities, while others draw attention to the plight of the millions of people in the world who go hungry every day due to droughts, wars and general poverty.
As a home exchange blog, our attention will be on how we, as individuals, can make thoughtful food choices both at home and when travelling. Home swappers have a great advantage over those who stay in hotels and eat all meals in restaurants, knowing how expensive and wasteful this can be. Many home exchangers have vegetable gardens and are happy for exchange guests to use whatever is in season during their stay (in exchange for a little hoeing and watering). Some also keep chickens, guaranteeing a supply of freshly laid eggs.
Not everyone has the space (or often time) to grow their own fruit and vegetables but all home exchangers will be able to suggest the best places to buy locally produced food, such as street markets and small shops in the area (much more fun than shopping in a large supermarket). Being able to prepare some meals 'at home' is a great way to cut down on food costs and waste.
A rewarding aspect of home exchange is the chance it gives to 'live like a local', exploring an area often well off the tourist trail, meeting local people, supporting local businesses and enjoying the speciality foods in the area.