'Yesterday we received a home swap offer from Cape Town!
South Africa was not on our list but we are now seriously thinking about it and having it as a stopover on our way back from Australia.
This is what is so exciting about being on the Home Base Holidays website, it just opens up your horizons of travel destinations without the cost being too prohibitive.
Our experience (we have now completed 18 exchanges in the past five years) has primarily been non-simultaneous exchanges. This is because we travel to Australia every winter for three months to visit our daughter and family and to escape the British winter. England is much more appealing to our Australian exchangers in our summer months!
Some of our exchanges have been to second homes but our home (below) is our only residence.
So how do we manage non-simultaneous?
Well, we often use the time when our exchangers are in our home to explore and visit all the places in the UK that we said we would see and haven't!
Our lovely family and friends, when they hear that we are "homeless", invite us to stay and to catch up with them. As we are travelling for about a quarter of the year, this catch up time keeps us all in touch.
The added bonus of non-simultaneous home exchanges is that we get to meet who is coming to stay in our home. We take time to settle them in and show them around the area. This, they say, has proved invaluable and resulted in virtually no problems and made for a much more rewarding experience for them.
We have made lifelong friends all over the world: San Francisco, Mauritius, Canada, New Zealand and lots of states in Australia.
We all seem to be like minded travellers who just enjoy the experience of visiting new countries, staying in lovely homes and meeting new people. Thank you Home Base Holidays for giving us this opportunity.' - Bev Morgan
Bev's home in Newnham-On-Severn (pictured), Gloucestershire, England, is a 17th Century Merchant's house with many original features including oak beams and open fires. The house is on three stories with views over the River Severn and the Cotswold hills. See Bev's full home exchange offer.