A Charming Home Exchange in Nice

Oct 01st, 2014

Will from London did a home swap in Nice, France, and had nothing but nice things to say about it! Here is what he shared with us about his home exchange experience:

 

“We did a non-simultaneous home exchange last year, as the other family wrote us first to see if we were interested in visiting Nice. We had no plans to travel in the near future, but since it could be done at any time we said yes, and they came and visited our home.

This summer, we suddenly had an open spot for a 1-week vacation, wrote them back, and in less than a day they answered saying that their apartment was indeed free and we could travel. Everything was organized with very short notice, and it still turned out perfect.

The best of the trip? Staying in the very heart of Nice, what a great location!

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We have done three home exchanges in the last year, sixth in the last two. Amsterdam (for a conference), Paris and now Nice. We also just agreed on another exchange for a weekend in Rome!

The most surprising thing about the experience was the cars in the parking garage where we left the car when we visited Monte Carlo, it was really something unreal… it had 6 floors, and about 5 to 10 Ferraris per floor. It was just amazing.

We visited some of the Hilltop, (or rather mountaintop), villages in the inner part of the Cote d’Azur. They are up high in the mountains and are pretty inaccessible; the villages have medieval architecture built in stone and cobbled streets. Beautiful places. The sunset from Peillon was truly breathtaking, we really recommend you to visit the village.

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We really enjoyed the road between Nice and Monaco, which we did through the Moyenne Corniche. It has about 10 kilometers of turns, cliffs and wonderful views of the sea, and shows off the impressive houses of the area. It was really something special.

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I would recommend to friends and family thinking about home exchanging in Nice to skip the summer. During that time, there seems to be way too many people, and when roads are packed, jams occur often and parking is a nightmare. We visited in the first part of September and driving was pleasant and parking was relatively easy.

 

One of the things that we like most about home exchanging is the possibility of staying in the very heart of Nice. Of course, it’s difficult to know, but we spent 7 nights for free. With hotel/apartment prices in the area that means at least 700-800€, probably more. What a great location to swap in!

Getting Started: Steps for your First Home Exchange

Sep 23rd, 2014

Now that the rhythm of fall is here and the excitement of summer has passed, it is the perfect time to start planning a home exchange for next summer! These step-by-step instructions are perfect to help the first timer properly plan and enjoy a memorable vacation.

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Home Exchange Experience from a Veteran Traveler

Sep 18th, 2014

Susan is one of the most experienced home exchangers we have met during these years, and we have asked her to tell us a bit more about all her experiences home swapping. Here you have a great testimonial to start thinking about a home exchange for your next trip:

Our first experiences:
We started to home exchange in 2007, and we have had about 30 home exchanges since then. Like most people we started off because of the savings of money on the trips. Now it’s turned into much more than that, and now it’s really about all the people. We have made so many friends throughout the world. It’s really just changed the entire way that we have traveled.

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One of Susan’s most memorable exchanges was a houseboat in Sausalito.

 

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4 Places to Eat Like a Local Foodie in LA

Jun 02nd, 2014

Los Angeles is undoubtedly intertwined with the entertainment industry and Hollywood culture. Everything popular, from fashion to food, seems to be extremely trendy. While it can be fun to be hip with the times, there is a reason that things go out of style. The best stuff, particularly when it comes to food, will always stay around. As a result, we have made it our mission to find the most classic spots for Los Angeles foodies.

 4 Places to Eat Like a Local Foodie in LA

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1. Papa Cristo’s Greek Restaurant

A lively family has owned this authentic Greek restaurant for over 60 years. Although it relies on neighborhood regulars, its incredible locale near the core of downtown L.A. makes Papa Cristo’s easily accessible from anywhere in the city. This hearty Greek feast is massive, and the fresh pita bread, mouthwatering roasted lamb, and irresistible baklava are guaranteed to have you yelling, “Opa!”

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5 Classic Boston Adventures

May 28th, 2014

From its quaint colonial charm to its raving Red Sox fanatics, Boston is bursting with tradition. Nestled in the center of New England, “Beantown” intertwines history, culture, and sports, offering something to capture the heart and mind of any visitor. Among the lesser known traditions await some excellent, local experiences that the whole crew will love.

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Boston Harbor (Photo: Delia Huff/Flickr)

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Sydney Restaurants For Mom, Dad, & Your Little Mates

May 20th, 2014
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While Aussie renowned Vegemite and Meat Pies are definitely worth a try, the best restaurants in Sydney pride themselves on foods originated from everywhere. This city takes flavors from around the world and makes slight modifications to create a unique, new take on the classics.

In this post we hand-picked top Sydney spots for both big and little mate tastebuds alike:

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Where to Eat Like A Local In Sydney

May 13th, 2014

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I could write for a year and I would not cover your choices as to where to eat in Sydney. More so than not the restaurants here fall into the first class category; while still offering plenty of cheap and cheerful options. Sydney is divided in suburbs where different ethnic groups have settled, thus you can go to the appropriate area when you have a craving for a particular kind of cuisine. This post is about two must-try classy cafes that are the epitome of the good life for Sydney locals.   Continue reading

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A Cultural Agenda for the Family in Mexico City

Apr 28th, 2014
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It’s easy to breeze through vacation without actually delving into the essence of a city’s history or heart. What makes a city tick is based on an intricate cultural tapestry—woven from history, food, language, and true local leisure. What better place to get a dose of cultural medicine than one of the most interesting and paradoxical cities in the world: Mexico City. With over 150 museums, a thriving art and music scene, and strong ties to its Aztec and Mayan roots, there’s nothing more exciting than finding a place amid its large and numerous streets that resonates with you and your family. Here’s a short agenda to make sure you steer clear of the junk and experience the real deal.

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