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Find your home swap this holiday season
Whether you're looking for a country cottage or a city pad, it's not too late to find a home swap this holiday season. It's also a great time to start planning ahead for 2017. 
Enjoy free holiday accommodation worldwide: homebase-hols.com/search
Tuscany home swap
Vienna's Christmas Market
San Francisco duplex apartment

Tuscany, Italy
Home in Bagnone with private swimming pool and Alp views.

Vienna, Austria
Cosy welcoming one bedroom apartment in Vienna.

San Francisco, USA
Beautiful duplex apartment with views over San Francisco. 
Swap experience: excellent exchange in lovely Durham
Home swap in Durham "This is the type of exchange I really enjoy: A lovely, charming, historic town; a comfortable home within walking distance of everything you need; car exchange for side trips; and most of all, making friends. Durham is a beautiful town with many historic sights, beautiful walks, restaurants and pubs, and Joanne's townhouse is within convenient walking distance of everything. We were a party of 5 adults and found the layout of her home to be very accommodating and the proximity to the town made it very convenient for all in the party to have their freedom. Joanne provided many ideas and suggestions for local sights to visit and we enjoyed them all. Having a car exchange allowed us to visit the Lake District, York, nearby castles and coast, and a side trip to Scotland. I felt very comfortable leaving my home in Joanne's care. We communicated frequently leading up to the exchange and all of the plans went smoothly. We've made good friends with Joanne and her friend Claire and hope they will come visit us again."- Amy

Highlights of the home exchange:
  1. Location of Joanne's home
  2. Car exchange
  3. Making new friends

Paris home exchange
Paris island living? Home swap on the Īle Saint Louis
Located in the heart of Paris on the unique island of Īle Saint Louis. This fabulous one bedroom apartment is in a luxurious 17th Century mansion conversion. The apartment is on the south side of the island, overlooking the river Seine and the monuments of Paris.   
Airbnb vs Home swapping: how do they compare?
Home swap in London
Tim's home in London's Wimbledon Village
We were sent an excellent article by long-time home swapper and Home Base Holidays member, Tim Robbins, about his experiences both home swapping and arranging holiday rentals. Shown below is part of the article, the full article is available on the blog. 

"Airbnb recently announced that they have more rooms than Hilton - but should you stay in one, as opposed to a home swap? The short-term rental market - mainly driven by Airbnb - is booming, meaning more choice, which can only be a good thing. Having home swapped for a decade now, in five continents and having also hosted and rented with Airbnb, I conclude better a home swap every time. 

Airbnb is great for city central and also quirky places, with houseboats in Amsterdam and converted Weslyan chapels in Norfolk. But your trip will be a straight commercial transaction, as opposed to the trust-based exchange that is home swapping: Not that that is a bad thing of course, but you will get a richer experience in someone's home and as part of someone's community, as opposed to the spacious hotel rooms that most Airbnb listings are. Don't get me wrong - we have met some lovely hosts and there are some great places out there, with a massive choice across 191 countries at last count, but we don't think you can beat a home-from-home and the chance to genuinely live like a local..."

Tim's full article has been published on the Travel the Home Exchange Way blog, click here to view the full article
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