While Valentine’s Day has an unexpectedly dark Roman past, the holiday has sweetened over the years to become that one special day to express our love. How we show love differs from person to person, but giving the right gift on V-day is crucial for all of us! And while not every country or culture celebrates Valentine’s Day the same way (or on February 14th for that matter), each one has a special day when love conquers all. So whether you’re celebrating in a romantic restaurant in Paris, or in that impressive venue in New York, we want to offer you a few novel ideas to impress the ones you love.
One of the things we all appreciate about home exchange is having a brand new kitchen to play in! We also appreciate the freedom that comes along with that kitchen–being able to plan our meals and make the kinds of foods we love during vacation is a real luxury. Especially if you’re a vegetarian or vegan traveler, where menu options are not always in your favor or to your liking. (Let’s face it, nothing is sadder than eating the bad vegetarian or vegan version of what everyone else is eating!)
For our friends who love to cook with legumes and spice, we have another special treat from our favorite traveling cook Jacqueline, a recipe for a lovely side dish!
For those who don’t already know, 100 Cities is a Collaborative Travel Guide that Knok put together with the help of over 100 travel bloggers from around the world! The project was launched a year ago in February 2013, and we are proud to say that we currently have OVER 100 cities included in the guide in three different languages!
The 100 Cities Guide now offers something for everyone: Family-friendly itineraries; off-the-beaten-path ideas; local food inspiration; and other great insider info about the world’s most dynamic places to visit.
At the end of the year, we randomly chose one lucky contributing travel blogger to help fund his or her next big trip!
Congratulations to Eileen from Families Go who is our lucky 100 Cities Grand Prize Winner!!! Continue reading
We know that you are no strangers to the power of apps made for the globetrotting community. Last year we published our favorite indispensable travel apps from 2013, and now it’s time to mention a few new comers that deserve a download and a test drive on your smartphone! So get your home exchanges booked and your smartphone up-to-date with these travel apps for the well-traveled:
Welcome to the 1st Knok & Tell of 2014!
As you may know, all Knok & Tell posts come from you–our well-traveled Knok community! Today we are happy to share another great post by Laura and her family who currently live and swap from Barcelona, Spain. What a great way to start a new year!
This week in 36 cities across the globe over 178 collaborators took part in the first ever International Collaboration Day! Co-working spaces in cities like Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Paris, and Atlanta opened their doors to invite fellow collaborative consumption entrepreneurs to eat, drink, debate, and push each other to uncover what the benefits and future of this modern business trend may be.
We hope you’ve heard of home exchange by now; an ever-popular point of reference is the movie The Holiday where two women (played by Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz ) with men problems swap homes and find new love in exchange! Not bad, right?
Besides the romantic element of serendipity, there is a lot to be said for this kind of vacation experience.
At the start of the year after all the resolutions are made, and the bucket lists are written, it’s a good time to look for some inspiration for your new travel goals. Perhaps you want to travel more this year but you are unsure where you should go? Or how you should do it? With so many travel options out there, it’s hard to know the best way for you and your family to get the most out of your vacation experience. In this post, we present you with our favorite travel option: home exchange and the up-and-coming destinations in Europe you should swap to in 2014 according to Lonely Planet, Fodor, National Geographic, and our very own travel trend-spotters at Knok.