Ricardo A. Bastos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
In all houses we went – USA (two times), Norway, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil (two times) – we had the opportunity to know real people. You know the owners, the neighbors, the life in small Delhis, cozy restaurants, people who met in the plaza …etc. Some of these families became friends for a lifetime. In one of our homeexchange in Manhattan, New York, the family gave a party to us and introduced us to all his friends. It was really touching.
Next year we are already agreed with a Brazilian couple who have an hotel in the historical city of Matera, Italy.
Claire Barreau, Nantes, France
We are a party of 5, we wanted a several months trip, go to a number of different places, create opportunities to meet people... This is when the idea of exchanging houses became clearly the best option for us. After a first experience within France to "test" the formula, we planned our "big trip". Our roadmap was outlined by the exchange offers we got: Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Wellington, Russel, Auckland, the Fiji Islands... Fabulous encounters, impromptu invitations, small presents to welcome us... Along the way, we created long-lasting international friendships, now exchanging not only e-mails but also visits. Here is our experience of home exchange, that we naturally wish to continue in the future!
Alexandra Humbel, Paris, France
My first HomeExchange was a fabulous adventure in an awsome house by the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. Our private chef cooking the gambas we had just bought from the local market was just one of the great memories from this trip. Since then, I had my teenagers discover California, in Hermosa Beach and Santa Barbara. Lately, for a week-end gateway , I stayed in the old fortified city of Saint- Malo, Britanny. My exchange partner has become a friend since then. When I plan to be away from home for business, I just email her, "Do you want my appartment while it is available?" and she does the same for me. It is like having second homes!