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Preferred Exchanges

  • California, USA

    July 22 — September 30, 2015 These dates are flexible

    We are interested in exchanges to Southern California, ideally close to the beach. We would like to be within reasonable driving distance of Los Angeles in case Scott wants to visit his company's office there at some point during our stay. Our preference is for a 2-3 week exchange. I am participating in long distance bike rides in mid July and early September and need to work around those dates. Apart from that we are flexible within this period depending on the availability of reward flights to LA or San Diego.

  • Boulder, CO, USA

    July 22 — September 30, 2015 These dates are flexible

    We have been keen to visit Boulder for some time and it would also enable Scott to combine work and travel. As above, we have some flexibility with dates subject to existing commitments and available flights. A 2-3 week exchange is preferred.

  • Portland, OR, USA

    July 22 — September 30, 2015 These dates are flexible

    We loved our trip to Portland and could definitely be tempted to return! Availability/flexibility as above and our preference is for a 2-3 week exchange within this period.

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Shopping
Especially Passionate About
Being active and having fun outdoors

Being active and having fun outdoors

We enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors whether its walking/hiking, cycling or working and relaxing in our garden. On our previous exchanges we have had fun running on the trails near the house in Laguna Niguel, trying kayaking and relaxing at the amazing southern Californian beaches (despite an unfortunate encounter with a stingray!). In our exchange in Portland we loved hiking in Forest Park and the Colombia River Gorge (see photo).

Vacation Type
3

Exchange Reviews

June - July 2013

We had a terrific exchange with Alix and Scott. The ...

Christopher & Sorrel
Christopher & Sorrel from Portland said

We had a terrific exchange with Alix and Scott. The communication leading up to the exchange was great, and we had almost daily contact via email to ask a couple questions and share travel experiences. The house was immaculate and comfortable, and they left us a few fun souvenirs for our arrival; as well as juice, fruit, and milk to get us started until we could hit the grocery store (just a mile or so away). The view from their house is spectacular, not only looking down on the city of Edinburgh, but also because it backs up to the Observatory/green space, where we went for a hike or jog almost every day, with 360 degree views of the whole city (picture below). While we prefer to use public transportation on our trips, and it was a quick walk from their house to hop a bus into the city, we also did a car exchange, and their car worked well for all our day trips outside of town. Back at our home in Portland, they took wonderful care of our house, our garden, and our rabbit; and we arrived to a spotlessly clean home upon our return. We loved the whole trip and experience, thanks again.

Exchange photos from :
Alix and Scott
What we said about Christopher & Sorrel's house:

We really enjoyed our exchange to Portland in 2013. Chris and Sorrel have a beautiful home and left us great advice and resources to help us the get the most out of our trip. There was even dinner in the fridge for the night we arrived which was much appreciated :-) The house was really convenient for using public transport and we also liked being able to walk to restaurants in the evening. We had a great time exploring and hiking in and around Portland and used the car for day trips to the coast and to Mount Hood. The whole process of arranging the exchange was smooth and easy, and Chris and Sorrel were friendly and helpful exchange partners. A great trip and exchange.

November -1

My aunt and I had a wonderful exchange in Edinburgh. ...

Tanya
Tanya from Laguna Niguel said

My aunt and I had a wonderful exchange in Edinburgh. This house is close to public transportation so it's easy to get to city center. It's a wonderful location as we took many walks along the nature reserve and over the hills near the Royal Observatory. Alix and Soott were great to work with and we thoroughly enjoyed the magical city of Edinburgh!

Exchange photos from :
Alix and Scott
What we said about Tanya's house:

We loved our exchange with Tanya to Laguna Niguel. The house was extremely spacious and comfortable and within easy reach of lots of beaches and everything you could need. We appreciated having family members nearby in case we needed any help although everything went smoothly. Tanya was very helpful in answering our questions when setting up the exchange. It was a fabulous Californian vacation and we has a great time.

August - August 2014

We had a wonderful exchange with Alix and Scott. The ...

Anna
Anna from Balmes said

We had a wonderful exchange with Alix and Scott. The house is very nice, and comfortable. The view from their house is gorgeous, and it is really easy to walk to the Observatory space, which is a wonderful option to see the views of Edinburgh. If you use public transport it is a quick walk from their house to take a bus into the city centre. We also did a car exchange, and everything was really fine. Moreover, the previous weeks Alix sent us a lot of useful information and she answered all we needed. When we arrived, we had some food to get us started which was very useful. Alix and Scott took wonderful care of our house. The whole experience was perfect so we recommend this exchange to everybody. Thanks again Alix and Scott!

Alix and Scott
What we said about Anna's house:

This is a comfortable and conveniently located apartment, very close to public transport and within walking distance of many shops, cafes and places to visit. It is very quiet, and has a sunny terrace, where it is nice to sit outside and enjoy the afternoon breeze. It was easy and straightforward to arrange this exchange, and Anna left us all the information that we needed. They took great care of our house in Edinburgh and it was in perfect condition when we arrived home.