Home Base Holidays: 1985 - 2010
Issue: 62 February 2010 - March 2010

Home Swappers Newsletter is published 6 times a year to provide information on home exchange vacations for current and recent members of Home Base Holidays and Newsletter subscribers.

Home Base Holidays: 25th Anniversary!

Home Base Holidays: 1985 - 2010!Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? It hardly seems 25 years since Home Base Holidays was launched.

Many current members, now very experienced home exchangers, first joined when exchanging homes was still a relatively new way to travel. These original members received 3 home exchange directories a year... this was long before the Internet made arranging exchanges so much easier!

We'd like to express our gratitude to everyone that's been involved with Home Base Holidays over the years. We hope you continue to enjoy many more successful and exciting exchanges!
Save 25%
As a way of celebrating our 25th anniversary year, and to encourage more first time and lapsed home swappers, we are pleased to offer a 25% discount on the membership fee. What are you waiting for - join today!

Join Home Base Holidays!  (Enter promotional code: hb25)
Offer Expires: 15th March 2010

London 2012 Olympics
Home swaps during the London OlympicsArranging a Home Swap

We were recently asked whether it was too soon to start looking for a home exchange for the 2012 Olympic Games. With major events like this, it's definitely a good idea to be an early bird, whether looking for an exchange or offering your home for exchange during this period:
Olympic Games: 27 July - 12 August 2012; Paralympic Games: 29 August - 9 September 2012.
I hadn't been past the site to Olympic Park for some time until recently and was amazed at the transformation in this area of east London already.
Visitors: If you are interested in a particular sporting event, check the location of the venue on the official London 2012 website so that you can then browse Home Base Holidays offers in the area.

Residents: If your home is in a good location for visiting any of the Olympic or Paralympic events, and you'd prefer to escape during this time, do include the relevant information on venue(s)/event(s) and distance from your home in your exchange offer listing - or take advantage of the discount offer above and join now if you aren't already a Home Base Holidays member.

Being a London based agency (for 25 years no less!), and also providing a service for London based Guardian newspaper, we attract a large number of London members and those looking for exchanges in London. You are unlikely to find a better choice and balance of up-to-date exchange offers both in the city and throughout the UK.
Location Location!
Add a Map to Your Listing

Home location maps in listings, introduced in December, have been a very popular and useful addition. If you haven't already added a map to your listing, please follow these steps:
  1. Log on to your member area
  2. Click 'Edit listing'
  3. Ensure the town name entered is your correct postal location
  4. Enter your postal/zip code in the box where indicated
  5. Click Save
Home Base Holidays - maps in listings!
Eager to Hear from You
Don't Keep Me Hanging On

Most Home Base Holidays members are really good at checking and responding to new exchange offer messages promptly.  However, every once in awhile we receive a message from a member disappointed at not receiving timely replies to exchange offers.

Download "Eager to Hear from You" pdf for tips and suggestions on how to manage your messages.
Featured Listing

16th century cottage in Wales
16th century cottage in Wales
Located in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Mid Wales. The Cottage is ideally situated for exploring the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, with many walks accessible from the door. Riding, canoeing, climbing, swimming, castles and other activities available locally.

Click here to view this home exchange offer...

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Use the Home Base Holidays 25th anniversary promotion code above to get
25% off
membership price.

Join today!
CHECtravel Special
$5 Membership Offer

We introduced a greatly reduced $5 membership offer from *CHECtravel for Home Base Holidays members in the last newsletter. This offer is still available.

Individual CHECtravel membership compliments Home Base Holidays membership by providing a range of benefits and services especially designed for home exchangers. Read full details in the Dec/Jan newsletter article, with links for further information.

To join CHECtravel at $5 US only, first log on to your member area. Under 'Message from the administrator' you will see information on the offer plus the code you will need to enter to join CHECtravel at the discount rate.

CHECtravel*CHEC = Certified Home Exchange Club

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Newsletter Contributions:
We are always pleased to hear from members and subscribers and to receive contributions for the newsletter and blog - short reports on your exchange experiences, tips you feel would be useful to those new to the idea of home swapping and any questions you have on home exchange. Please include 'home exchange' in the subject line when contacting us as messages with no subjects (or dubious sounding subject lines!) or unexpected attachments may end up in our spam folder and deleted unread.

Be Alert:
The Home Base Holidays private member area is for one-to-one exchange offers between members only, not for any other purpose. Please let us know if you receive any other type of message via your member area. Never respond to unsolicited messages from unknown sources.

Further Information:
Check the archives to read past issues of Home Swappers Newsletter. Also, don't forget to visit the Travel the Home Exchange Way blog for regular information and updates plus special exchange requests. To receive notices by email whenever a new post is added (generally no more than three a week), add your email address to the box above 'Get email updates' in the left hand column of Travel the Home Exchange Way. And you can now follow us on Twitter!

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Happy Home Swapping!

Lois & Mark
Home Base Holidays
email: info@homebase-hols.com
phone: +44(0)20 8886 8752
web: http://www.homebase-hols.com