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Home exchanges on of '5 Budget Travel Tips to Save Money on Your Next Trip

RomuloTavani You’ll finally have some time to relax and forget about your worries, and you're dreaming of your next trip to an exotic destination. The last thing you want to think about is your budget, but still, we all know that traveling can be expensive. If you’re reading this article, you’re trying to figure out strategies to see the world and enjoy your vacations without spending a fortune. And besides, who doesn’t like saving money? Especially when you can put that money to better use –…

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I'm Sharon Wallace, from Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. I travel with my husband and 19 year old daughter for about half the year, almost always exchanging homes. We've done more than 60 exchanges in 10 years, and are super-enthusiastic fans. Right now I'm writing from an exchange in a 17th Century restored home in Amalfi, Italy. We just came from a 2 week exchange in Spain, and will leave here for three weeks in Provence. We finish the trip with 3 weeks in a villa north of Rome. We're already…

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  • Not surprisingly, Yahoo Finance just recently included home exchanges as one of its 33 budget-friendly tips for your next vacation:
    33 Budget-Friendly Travel Tips For Your Next, Great Vacation
    A tight budget can often be the main thing standing in-between you and your wanderlust. While travel currently looks a little different, there are st…
  • If it is any use, is a London-based home exchange service that has recently launched. They are looking for more properties to add, globally, but have a decent stock of London homes at the moment.
  • "Casa DEl Soul" is looking for an "Exchange" in the Caribbean...You can come here anytime,it doesn't have to be a "Direct Exchange"
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    Casa del Soul - Exclusive Resort Hideaway - San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
    Located right next to San Juan Del Sur, 8 minutes away, on beautiful Nacascolo Bay. Situated just 200 feet from the ocean, Casa del Soul commands an…
  • New query on our "Ask A Travel Expert" forum:

    "House Swapping Site Recommendations?
    I have a few upcoming vacations and would like to swap houses. I know there are several sites that demand payment to participate, has anyone tried these, or free services and had a successful experience? Destinations include Minneapolis, New York and Amsterdam."

    If interested in replying, please do so at:
  • Also, great gay house exchange sites we use, include:
  • We are members of International Vacation Home Exchange (IVHE), and this is a good site we recommend to join if you have a second property, or, holiday home of note:
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