Traveling Pups

Aug 26th, 2015

These dogs are about to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime! They’ve kept a photo diary of their daily experiences. Bon voyage pooches!

“All packed & Ready to go!”

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via: livinggreenmag.com

“Sleeping in my car seat on the way! I have to rest up before my big vacation!”

knok-home-exchange-travel-pups2via: questionsondogsandcats.blogspot.com

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Learn Something New on Your Next Vacation

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Summer vacations are the perfect time to start learning a new skill, or practice that language that you want to improve. It can be a period to relax and focus on one activity that makes you happy.

Why not try making the most of your vacation by doing something you really love to do? Imagine coming back from summer with that extra skill that you never had time to start learning during the year. Whether you’re staying for one week or one month, you will have plenty of opportunity!!

Here are some ideas to consider developing on your next home swap:

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Vacation Packing Tips for Families with Kids

Aug 18th, 2015

Packing the bags for your kids is half the battle when going on a vacation. Make sure you cover all of the bases with these packing tips: 

Make a list of essentials: Plan ahead! Focus on the things you know they will need like swim trunks, a toothbrush, any medicines they might need etc. This will help keep things organized from the get-go.

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Vacation Costs Continue to Rise, But Not for Home Exchangers

Aug 11th, 2015

If hotel prices are holding you back from going on your next vacation or if high costs are forcing you to travel closer to home – you need to start reevaluating your options.

Finding accommodations for a vacation can turn into a difficult task. Not only is it a pain to have to pick from similar hotels in the same area, but you have to decide if what you want in a room is worth the price they are charging.

The cost per hotel night is rising every year and will continue to do so in the years to come. With that, the budget percetage that families allocate for vacations increases every year, which forces many families to travel closer (no plane tickets) or take smaller vacations(less days, less expensive) or staying in lower quality places.

Home exchange price versus hotel prices

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Share a dinner and rediscover each city you visit

Aug 06th, 2015

VizEat around the world

To all those cooking enthusiasts who love to share and enjoy the food in every corner of the world, we’d like you to introduce you to VizEat: the leader of the social dining in Europe.

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The New Travel Agent: Your Child!

Aug 03rd, 2015

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Kids have become the new family vacation planner. Recent analysis from Skift.com shows that children have the most sway when it comes to the final destination for the family. It may seem silly, but they are the ones that parents strive to entertain, so in reality, it makes sense!

If they had the option of a home exchange, in place of a regular hotel what would they choose? Here are five reasons why their decision would be a no brainer if they knew what a home exchange could give them:

Infinite New Toys – Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! When doing home exchange, families leave their child’s toys to your children’s disposal. Your kids will get a whole new set of toys, AND you don’t have to travel with your own to your destination. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Your Own Room – No more sharing a room with your kids! They will get to have their own room with a bed their size. It gives everyone more space and the children more independence. Now they’ll feel right at home and the adjustment into a new place will be smoother.

Parents Don’t Have to Keep Them Busy – Being crammed inside a hotel room while getting ready for the day and preventing the kids from jumping off the walls is a very large task. When doing a home exchange they can hang out in their room playing with all of their new toys until it’s time to go! And plus there’s plenty of space to do so.

Kid-Friendly Attractions (and Restaurants!)- Most of your recommendations for activities, specifically when using Knok, are geared towards children. This means endless fun and lots of things for your kids to look forward to on your trip. Even the restaurants on Knok’s travel guide are perfect for the family; complete with good kids meals or special treats and activities.

Longer vacations If the little ones were given the choice of going on vacation a few hours away for a few days or 2-3 weeks in new city overseas with lots to do, which would they pick? With a home exchange the world is your oyster! You can go to the places your kids want but didn’t know they had the chance to.

 

Next time you ask your kids where they want to go on vacation, you can have them pick a home exchange from any part the world! You (and your little travel agent) won’t regret it.

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Far Away Vacations Are Not So Far With a Home Exchange

Jul 28th, 2015

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Imagine yourself on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand with a drink in your hand, sitting underneath a palm tree, without a care in the world. Or imagine scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, where some of the world’s most exotic animals call home.

These places may seem too far away and unrealistic travel destinations for you and your family, but thanks to the convenience of home exchange, this could be you! Whether you’re oceans away from Thailand, and Australia or a short road trip to the shores of Mexico, the possibility of traveling to exotic places is no longer out of the question. With Knok and our thousands of homes available worldwide, traveling to new places across the world can become a reality.

With beautiful homes in Argentina, Madagascar and Thailand, your options are limitless. Because you will end up saving so much on your accommodations, the cost of traveling to these countries won’t be so daunting. You can stay and enjoy the perfect weather and views through the windows of someone’s home. Families are ready to swap their houses now so take advantage of it before it’s too late!

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Millennial Travelers – Will They Home Exchange?

Jul 20th, 2015

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A new wave of consumers, known as the millennials are changing the face of society and more importantly, they are changing the way they travel, creating new travel trends.

Millenial travelers are Explorers, Never Tourists. They are all about the adventure, taking the road less traveled, and doing what no one expects them to do. So long are the days of being a tourist in a foreign place. They have had enough of that as kids!

That’s why they are embracing home exchange where they have the ability to experience new places like a native. With recommendations from the family they exchange with and not living in a touristy hotel, they can live like a local and be treated like a local. Becoming an explorer is simply a natural result of a home exchange and is the best way to give this generation what they want.

For millenial travelers, Customization is Key, and that’s why they travel and swap homes, as it is the definition of customization.

You can customize your experience, and adapt the home to your needs: with or without pets, in the city or outside, cook your own food if you want or eat at recommended restaurants from your swap family. You have the ability to work with the family for your specific wants and needs for your stay, while also creating a personal relationship with them throughout the process.

Millenial travelerss use Technology to Enable Communication, and that’s why they feel comfortable doing home exchanges during their trips

Almost every step in the home exchange process is online, and can be done through an app on their phone. From searching to creating the home agreement, to finding recommended places for their trip in the travel guide, which makes it all very easy to use. They can also write reviews on different locations, venues or whatever it may be, in real time, from one trip to the next.

A home exchange can perfectly fit the mold the millennial travelers are creating. With this new generation on the rise, we all need to be ready for the new travel landscape of the future.

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