In my very first exchange, which was to London, was arranged wihtin 48 hours of my joining! By coincidence, InventedCity had been contacted by a British television station interested in doing a piece on home exchange, and with our permission, we were filmed arriving at our exchange property and seeing the sights of London, as well as interviewed for the program! The people we exchanged with had a lovely time in our apartmment, were very respectful of our home, and even left us fresh flowers and a book as a welcome home presents!
In another exchange we arrived at our New England exchange home well after midnight. The next morning started to walk the grounds only to find that we were in the midst of huge gorgeous (10 acre) garden that would be ours for the next two weeks. In addition to our travels around the area, we enjoyed morning and evening walks in this wonderful, private setting full of ponds, woodlands, fountains and garden art.n another exchange we arrived at our New England exchange home well after midnight. The next morning started to walk the grounds only to find that we were in the midst of huge gorgeous (10 acre) garden that would be ours for the next two weeks. In addition to our travels around the area, we enjoyed morning and evening walks in this wonderful, private setting full of ponds, woodlands, fountains and garden art."
New York City | England
""Our family traded homes and cars with a family from Northampton, England. We put 2,500 miles on their car touring Scotland, Wales, and parts of England. We had a comfortable house in a good location and found the trip invaluable to our 2 teenagers as well as ourselves. By the way, our exchange family drove nearly the same number of miles visiting locales here in Washington! Favorite places are too numberous to mention, however our visit to Hatfield, home to Pooh Bear and all the characters from Milne's books stands out as well as the Lake District (Grasmere and Windermere). Punting in Cambridge and touring Oxford were highlights as well."
Washington State | England
"I've made lifelong friends through InventedCity program! While in London, I was able to meet up with another InventedCity listee -- who's home I DIDN'T stay in, but she hosted a dinner party in my honor! She has since moved to the states and we keep in touch. Homes can be exchanged in relative close proximity as well. I exchanged my city-based condo with someone who lives in the wine country -- only an hour's drive away! We both wanted a change for the weekend. It worked out great"
San Francisco | London
"I exchanged my apartment in San Francisco for one in the famed Dakota Apartments in New York City. I had a spacious apartment overlooking Central Park. I never wanted to leave the apartment during that unforgettable 10 day Christmas vacation!
San Francisco | New York City
"We exchanged our New York City apartment for a flat in Paris. Within a few blocks of the Bastille Opera house, we had a 4-room flat in a 200-year old building which overlooked a lovely courtyard. We could never have afforded to spend six weeks in Paris otherwise.
"This was a dream vacation come true: our family of seven having a ski vacation together in Colorado!
New London, Connecticut | Colorado
"Except for the airfare, and a few incidentals, our two weeks in France didn't cost us anymore than staying at home!"
New York City | France
"Our home was cleaner than when we left. Our exchange guest, a real handyman, even repaired some things that had been on my "fix list" for months!
San Francisco, California, USA
"The exchange idea is great for travelling with kids. It sure beats hotels, motels and cries for fast food every meal!
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
"We usually exchange pet care, but our exchange family in Hawaii had a goat, two geese, two chickens, two cats, and a bird. My daughter loved it!
"Our Italian exchange partner has become my best friend. We have even exchanged children... my kids skiing with them in Cortina, their son visiting us every summer"
New York City, USA
"We've lived in exchange homes around the world. One "stays" in a hotel, but "lives" in an exchange home!"