"We started home swapping before the Internet, in the days when people used to write real letters - and it worked! Since then, we´ve done more than 50 swaps and we've converted our friends and neighbours in Andalusia to home exchange.
We only have nice stories to tell about home swapping and are still good friends with our very first home exchangers in New Zealand. We´ve stayed in amazing homes, including a palace, a vicarage, a barge, a motor caravan, and swapped with lots of interesting families - violin bow makers in Amsterdam, Freudian psychiatrists in Vienna, film makers in Paris, a vicar in Cumbria and even an osteopath in Costa Rica.
Our 9 year-old twins, Sam and Sid, love discovering their new homes, each time asking for limits: where they can't go, what they can't touch or how to recycle. Now they help us choose the new families to contact and I feel that soon they'll organise the home swaps themselves :)
We now want to swap house and life for a year with a family from Edinburgh. We hope to arrange one or more exchanges from three months to a year from August/September 2014."
Christine C (Andalusia, Spain)
See the family's home exchange offer, a former 18th century convent, in rural Andalusia.