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Different Home Exchanges

Are All Home Exchanges the Same?
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Why don't you stay at my home while I stay at yours? For us, this is the most straightforward description of home exchange but did you know that there are different types of home exchange? 
Popular theory is that home exchanging started in Europe back in the 1950's between teachers looking to experience something new and different during their long summer breaks. Good news is that today, we can still enjoy home exchanging for adventure and a lot more but we also have a much easier way of finding others to exchange with, the internet. Today it is not just teachers benefiting from home exchange, but people from all walks of life. Before looking at how to choose an exchange that is right for you, let’s take a look at differing types of exchanges.

The three most popular types of exchanging are Direct, Non-Simultaneous, and Hospitality exchanges. Let’s explore each of them as you might find one or more perfect for you. Depending on where you are in the world you might call an exchange a swap or a trade. We will intermingle these terms as they essentially mean the same. 
  • Direct Exchanges - the most commonly known, this is when two parties agree to swap locations for the same period of time. 
  • Advantage: Straight forward, with no accommodation costs this saves the most money.
  • Disadvantage: Two parties have to like each other's properties and locations as well as agree the exact same time for swapping.
  • Hospitality Exchange - when one party hosts another in their home while they are there too. The gesture is then reciprocated at a later time. 
  • Great opportunity to immerse yourself in a destination culture
  •  live like a local Limited to no accommodation costs for your vacation . 
  • With a home, including a kitchen you have the option to save on restaurant costs 
  • Security; your property will be occupied instead of being vacant 
  • Make new friends: inevitably you will get to know your hosts / visitors 
  • Potential of avoiding bike, car, boat, and sporting equipment rental costs. 
Non-Simultaneous Exchanges - when the two parties schedule their vacations at different times. This is most popular when using second or vacation homes, though it is possible to use the primary home if the owners are traveling.
Advantage: When using a property that is not the main residence, there is a lot more flexibility of when the exchanges can occur. When using an exchange network like IVHE-Vacation Home Exchange with mostly second homes, a credit system can be established to account for differing values of properties, and time of visits.
Disadvantage: Anxiety of not trading at the same time. Overcome by using an established network with an equitable credit system.
Advantage: Not only to you get to visit a location, but you might get a 'personal guide' while making new friends.
Disadvantage: Not everyone wants to spend vacation time with another family that they have never met. Though when the return trip is made, the parties should know each other pretty well.

As you can see above, one or more might be perfect for you. There are many benefits of home swapping; the following are most frequently quoted:

In our experience, the most important of all is HAVING FUN, enjoy!

Have a look at some amazing properties that home exchange could take you have a look at ivhe's exclusive home exchange property pages.


  1. Hi. Thank you for posting this information, I learned some idea's and a little bit history about House. anyway, I'm looking for a house that has a nice Kitchen Equipment . Could you please help me to find? Thanks.


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