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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5 Reasons Home Exchange is Perfect for Young Couples

Jul 14th, 2015

Calling all couples with adventurous souls! Going on vacation home exchanging with Knok is easy: you will be able to travel where you want, for how long you want, when you want.

Here are 5 reasons why you and your partner should start home exchanging today:

 

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1. Flexibility – Couples with no children usually have more time for some vacation, without having to coordinate a babysitter, or soccer games or entertaining the little ones during the trip. And with the flexibility and customization of home exchanging, it is a great opportunity for a young couple to explore together. The only coordination that needs to be done is with the other family that is doing the exchange. If you can swap your home one week, and they can swap theirs another week, that can work too! It does not have to be simultaneous and can be as flexible as you’d like it to be.

2. Travel Further – With just two people to accommodate and spend money on, traveling further distances becomes much easier. Knok has homes that cover the globe, so the options are endless. You can now travel to countries and cities that you never thought you could, like Argentina or Australia. All you have to do is find a location and family offering an exchange and pack your bags!

3. Travel Longer – Affording a long vacation away can add up quickly. Although there are only two people to worry about, hotel accommodations, travel means and different excursions can be very expensive. It’s a main reason that people shorten their vacations in the first place. But not anymore! It’s now inexpensive to stay in a home for the duration of your choosing, with Knok membership!

4. Travel More Often- if you can’t take long trips with you and your partners’ busy schedules, you can easily take multiple weekend trips throughout the year. With a Knok membership, you are entitled to unlimited travel for that year. As long as it works with your schedule and you can find a family who wants to swap, traveling the world more frequently can be possible.

5. More Amenities- With just two people to satisfy, the benefits of doing a home exchange can be even more numerous. Besides being able to use the whole house, some exchangers might allow you to bring your pet so you don’t have to find accommodations for them while you’re away or they might let you use their gym pass to the local gym. You and the other family can discuss and plan what you both want to do. But with two mature adults, the amenities are sure to be plentiful and the trust is sure to be strong.

 

Home swapping is not just for families! It is the perfect fit for young couples that love to travel and are looking for a better way to do so.

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Tips for Air Travel with Kids

Jul 08th, 2015

Traveling on a plane with the kids can be nothing short of a nightmare. The thought of the others around you giving you hard stares or complaining quietly is enough to make you stay home. So many things could go wrong that you have no control over, so it’s time to go with the flow.

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Here are some tips to help the flight go as smoothly as it possibly can!

Choose flight times when they will fall asleep: When deciding what time to book your flight, pick times where you children aren’t going to be wide awake. If you pick a red eye or a time they normally nap, they’ll be more inclined to sleep. Whichever is most normal for your child, when it comes to sleeping, is the best way to go.

Book seats together: Try and do this as early as possible when booking your flights.If not ask the people around you if they wouldn’t mind moving. It might be a nice gesture to bring Starbucks gift cards as a thank you!

Choose mid-week flights: Instead of flying out on the weekend where flights are super crowded, try planning your trip from Wednesday to Wednesday. This will give you and your family space to spread out and relax. Also, flights in the middle of the week are less likely to get delayed, which takes a lot of the stress off traveling.

Communicate: Talking to your kids before you travel is extremely important. Explain to them what they should expect from checking in, to going through security, to boarding the plane. Let them know that this will be a fun adventure, and get them excited. It might even be a good idea to go through different situations they might experience and ways to handle them. 

Have your children carry their own backpacks: When they carry their own things, it’s less for you to worry about. And a bonus is that they can feel like a big girl or boy because they are responsible for a bag all by themselves. 

Bring entertainment: This is a time where your allotted technology time per day does not count! Load up your ipad or iphone with kid friendly apps and games and keep them occupied, at least for a portion of the flight. Movies are also a great idea!

Feed them: Give them junk food, veggies, candy, whatever you want! This is the time of all times is when to let them splurge because it will give you and the rest of the plane a few moments of peace while they chow down.

Bring surprises: Let them pack their activity bag of the items they would like to bring (with your discretion of course), but always have a little extra something that they don’t know about and you know they will love. Whether it be a toy, a game, a treat, give it to them when they’ve been behaving well or even if they haven’t been! New items will keep them occupied longer than things they have already seen. It can make a boring flight into a fun and exciting one instantaneously.

Ignore the people around you (but still try and be considerate): Don’t worry about whether or not everyone thinks you’re a bad parent or you’re not doing something right. You are doing what works for you and your family. If people are giving you dirty looks, forget them! You are doing the best you can! They’ve probably been there before too. Plus, chances are, you will never see these people again!

 

Here’s a cute idea one father did on his child’s first flight! He definitely should get an award for this one!

Next time you take the family on vacation, don’t cringe at the thought of flying! Take a deep breath and remember the memories you will make on the vacation are so much more than your flight experience!

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Celebrate July 4th in the Music City

Jul 02nd, 2015

What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than in the birthplace of Country Music, Nashville, Tennessee. This year, their firework show is expected to be one of the biggest in the country and won’t disappoint! Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! is completely free for the whole family too!

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The city is even expanding the festivities to July 3rd, where there will be free live music for everyone to enjoy. Performers including DJ DU, The Weeks, Gabe Dixon and Elise Davis will be headlining America’s pre-birthday party. The concerts will take place on Broadway at the Jack Daniels Main Stage starting at 4pm. It will be something like a July 4th Eve celebration!

The night of the fourth, CMA vocalist of the year Martina McBride will be performing followed by Mikky Ekko and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. After watching the performances, the firework show will begin with the beautiful Southern skyline in the backdrop. It’s recommended to watch along Broadway or in Riverfront Park.

Nashville will undoubtedly be the best place to sport your Red White and Blue this summer! See you there!

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Home Swap Ebook: Guide to Home Exchange Like a Pro

Jun 30th, 2015

 

If you are looking for an ebook that summarizes best practices on “how-to home exchange“, you have found it ! We have created a complete guide with everything you need to know on how to start, how to find and how to agree on a home swap. It is a compilation of blog posts to help the Knok community become more familiar with the entire process. Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced swapper, this book will definitely be worth your while!

 

From deciding where to go, to coming back from your exchange, we have you covered. You’ll find helpful hints and step -by -step guides that will answer all of your burning questions and concerns. And if you still have more questions after reading, don’t hesitate to contact our Knok connectors at questions@knok.com!

 

This book was created for you and your peace of mind! So sit back, relax, and enjoy Knok’s Guide to Home Exchange Like a Pro.

 

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The 5 Habits of a Successful Home Exchanger

Jun 26th, 2015

Creating a habit does not happen overnight and neither does becoming an expert in home exchange. But with these tips, you’ll be successful in no time!

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ANSWER ALL YOUR MESSAGES

Don’t leave any message unanswered! If you are unsure and take too long to get back to them, then they might have already found someone else and the opportunity will have passed. A good response could say something like this: “Hi! Your offer seems interesting! We need to think about it and in a week, we will let you know”. But even if you are not interested, let the family know as soon as possible so they can move on and continue to look. Aside from being polite, it will help you become a more reliable home swapper.

 

REFER HOME OPTIONS TO FRIENDS

If you’re ever uninterested in or unavailable for a specific exchange another family would like to do, don’t worry! You can always let your friends or family know about an available home exchange that you were offered. Send them an email and you may end up referring them to a perfect match!

 

KEEP YOUR PROFILE UPDATED

Did you redecorate your house? Did you get a pool in your backyard? Did you have another child? These kinds of questions contain information necessary to your profile. Make sure to change or update your profile with new photos if something in your home becomes different. This will also increase your chances of finding a better match.

 

START EARLY WHEN LOOKING FOR ANOTHER HOME EXCHANGE

If you’re planning to take a trip during the Christmas season, the earlier you start looking for a home swap, the better. It can’t hurt to even start a year ahead to get a better idea of what kind of home and location you’re looking for. Aside from making the process easier, the sooner you start looking around the better your chances are of getting the exact dates you want stay.

 

BE OPEN TO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AND FAMILIES

Keep an open mind when looking for a home swap. At first their location might not seem like it’s what you want, but maybe the more you research and more you speak to the family it might become more appealing. Consider all your options before ruling some out immediately. It could end up being your new favorite place to travel to!

Use these tips when doing a home swap and you’ll be sure to have the experience of a lifetime!

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During and Returning From Your Home Swap

Jun 24th, 2015

Now that you have finally made it to your new home stay, it’s time to relax and enjoy yourself! Make yourself comfortable but don’t forget to take good care of their house throughout your entire stay, as you would expect them to do the same to yours.

 

It is courteous to give them a call or email to let them know you have arrived and everything is in good shape! Also, it’s a good time to ask questions about anything they may have failed to mention, like where something is located or how something works. It is recommended that you keep their home relatively tidy and clean during your stay to save you from having to do a deep clean right before you leave. It will make life much easier for you in the long run!

 

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Before it’s time to return to your own home, make sure you’ve left everything the way the family has asked. If they wanted the sheets washed after using them, wash them. Leave everything better than the way you found it! Don’t forget leave them a thank you message or a little gift to show your gratitude! Did you have a really good experience? Would you recommend this family and location to other families? Write a review on Knok and let the home exchange community know how great it was.

Communication through this entire process is crucial! Your home exchange agreement will be a great resource during your experience. Even so, it would be smart to stay in touch with the family for any questions or concerns you may have, especially at the beginning and end of your stay.

 

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Sant Joan – A Fire Celebration

Jun 22nd, 2015

In the northern hemisphere, the shortest night and the longest day of the year, known as the Summer Solstice is upon us. For those of you in Spain who don’t know what to expect, get ready to stay up all night partying! From sunset on June 23rd, to sunrise on the morning of June 24th, prepare yourself for fires in the streets, fireworks on the beach and an electric feeling in the air. On this holiday, the sun is seen as symbol of fertility and wealth, so the bonfires and fireworks that people create give it the necessary strength.

 

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On the countryside or the coast, where you’re young or old, this is a time for people to come together and ring in summer with one another. Don’t miss out on the celebrations! Enjoy it with the ones you love no matter where you are!

If you are looking for more fireworks, here you have celebrations worldwide where friends, family, and travelers gather together to witness the beauty of fire in a midnight sky.

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