'Sorry and sad to tell you that my husband Bill - one of your greatest fans! - died suddenly in February so, although we much enjoyed our home exchange holidays all over the world, I will never try to replicate the experience without him. So, please will you take us off your mailing list in the near future. Many thanks for all your help in past years, Grace'
The names are changed in the quote above but this is a sad message we received this week from a very long term Home Base Holidays member.
When running a personal service as we do at Home Base Holidays, we get to know many of our members who have been arranging home swaps for many years (some as far back as 1985 when we first started!). It is inevitable that some members will need to curtail their home swapping travel for various reasons. Often, as members grow older, illness can take its toll, and sadly, we occasionally hear that a long term member has passed away. With such members, who we have often chatted to on the phone or had email conversations with on various aspects of swapping homes over the years, it feels a loss of someone in our home exchange 'family'.