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Home Exchange, Travel

Cool Things to do in Palm Desert (and Surrounding Area) — Part One

For the past three years, my husband and I have taken part in a six-week home exchange in Palm Desert each autumn. We love the balance of familiar routines nestled among new discoveries that we somehow missed during previous visits. Here are a few highlights from this year's Week One. All offer free admission. Purchases… Continue reading Cool Things to do in Palm Desert (and Surrounding Area) — Part One

Home Exchange, Travel

How to Plan An Affordable, Last Minute Winter Escape

Last week, my husband and I were sitting at our home in Vancouver Island complaining about the unusually long, cold and snowy winter. We had no travel plans until summer. One week later, I am eating a banana that I picked from a backyard tree while my husband soaks in the outdoor pool, reading the… Continue reading How to Plan An Affordable, Last Minute Winter Escape

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Home Exchange…From Fourteen Different Points of View

My husband and I are currently preparing for a home exchange to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Although this is our sixteenth exchange, it is the first one where we have used HomeExchange.com's new 'passport program' (i.e. we will be staying in Cocoa Beach--but in return, our hosts will stay in someone else's home at a location… Continue reading Home Exchange…From Fourteen Different Points of View

Home Exchange, Reflection

Dolce Far Niente

I have a dirty little yoga secret. I don't love savasana. My mind and body refuse to stay quiet. Together they plan and scheme. They want to be doing something...anything but stillness. And that leads me to this post that has refused to be shelved. This past October, I had written the following entry. Then,… Continue reading Dolce Far Niente

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A Post that I Wrote for HomeExchange.com

After a home-exchange in Victoria this past August, I wrote a post about our overall Home Exchange experiences. I sent a copy of that post to HomeExchange.com. Consistent with my previous communication with them, their reply was prompt and personal. As they knew that my husband and I had an October exchange planned in Palm… Continue reading A Post that I Wrote for HomeExchange.com

Home Exchange, Travel

Thoughts from a Travel Buff: Is Home Exchange Right for You?

We’ve just returned from an immensely enjoyable week in Victoria, BC. While there, we explored many breathtaking hiking trails, had some magnificent beach time, bought our groceries at local farmers' markets, took in a couple of IMAX films…and had a restful and rejuvenating stay. Okay, I know what you're thinking— “these people are traveling fools!… Continue reading Thoughts from a Travel Buff: Is Home Exchange Right for You?