Some Home Base Holidays members include information in their home exchange descriptions on how the number of people and ages in their exchange group may vary – sometimes a couple travels on their own, sometimes with another couple, and sometimes with children or grown up children/grandchildren. These members are often a senior couple offering their home for exchange and so show as ‘over 55’ and ‘two adults’ in their listings.
If an exchange offer listing shows the exchange party is one couple over 55, most members (if not told otherwise) will assume that there would not be anyone else included. Thank you to the member who recently pointed out some potential problems if it is not made very clear in an exchange offer that the travelling party would include friends or other family members:
"We advertise ourselves as a 'party of 2 seniors over 55' and when searching for exchanges always stick to those in the same 'over 55' category as we prefer to exchange with people in a similar stage of life to ourselves. As we are only one couple travelling we find that exchanging with just one other couple simplifies things at both ends.
Age and number of exchange guests can often be an important consideration when making your selection of home exchange partners. So if for instance you list yourself as a party of 2 who sometimes travels with friends or other family members (even for part of the exchange) then I think that it should be made perfectly clear in your first response to any enquiry that others would be included on this particular exchange. Your potential exchange partners will then know from the very start of negotiations whether they are willing to take the enquiry any further before things have gone too far perhaps making it embarrassing to back away.
Just a small issue I know but could be one to highlight as there appear to be more and more of us 'silver surfers' signing up to travel the world this way."
Note: You can narrow search results in a number of ways, including to only members over 55. Click 'Show more options' on the main search page. Do read exchange offers in full to see if the exchange party is always one or two people over 55, or if they sometimes travel in a larger group.