My Madrid for your San Francisco

Sep 23rd, 2015
Home Exchange with Knok in California

Home Exchange with Knok in California

Here at Knok, we love stories, travel and especially, travel related stories. We enjoy hearing about how your families exploring a new country, or even a city just a few miles away. We caught up with a couple from Madrid and asked them what his experience was like in San Francisco.

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Home Exchange Safety

Sep 17th, 2015

Is home exchanging safe? This is a question a lot of people are asking with home exchanging becoming more popular. By sharing your home with someone you’ve probably only met on the Internet, you are expecting him or her to be trustworthy and honest. It’s a process that relies heavily on communication so you can have a good home exchange.



Discover here why to home exchange is totally safe and the easy measures that you can follow to get a safe and great trip:

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Freelance Workers & How They Can Travel the World

Sep 09th, 2015

Out of the US workforce 34% are working as freelancers and this trend has spread throughout the globe. Being a Freelance worker can be hard but it also has many advantages: Freedom and flexibility, in control of your own responsibilities, higher potential for earning and success,family can be a priority, etc…


Young man with tablet computer during tropical beach vacation


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Staycation Destination: Los Angeles

Sep 03rd, 2015

Even though summer is coming to an end, who said vacations have to? The answer is, no one. The good thing about vacations is that you and your family can take one anytime you want.

If you and your family are from Los Angeles and have lived there your entire lives, chances are that you’ve seen Mickey Mouse more times that you can count, consider the LACMA to be your favorite art museum, soak up the sun at Venice Beach daily and know exactly where all of the celebrities are located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In this post, we take a look at three family friendly activities that you can do the next time you decide to have an L.A. staycation.


1. Morning at the Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center
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Start your day off by going to a fun museum designed with the family in mind. The Skirball Cultural Center has programs and permanent collections that take families all over the world. You can even take a step inside Noah’s Ark!

For more information about exhibitions, programs and other events, click here.


2. Afternoon at Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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After Skirball, you and your kids may need some nourishment and fresh air. Griffith Park, complete with an observatory and amazing views, is the next stop on your list. From Mediterranean to American, and everything in between, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from close by. Or, you could bring your own lunches and save a few dollars. The best location to have a picnic would be the old zoo grounds at the park. There are plenty of grassy field to run around in s and even a playground for the youngin.

For more information about Griffith Park’s hours, how to get there, attractions, an events calendar and more, click here.


3. Evening in Santa Monica

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After playing in the park, it’s time to hop in the car and head southwest to the infamous Santa Monica. The pier has a ferris wheel, arcade games, restaurants and plenty of stores for shopping. Before you catch the sunset, be sure to stop by Beachy Cream, one of the best ice cream spots in the L.A. area. There you can get anything from a Key Lime Cowabunga ice cream sandwich to a roasted banana flavored ice cream. Oh, and for all you vanilla bean traditionalists out there, don’t worry, they have that flavor too.

For more information about events and other information about the pier, click here.
Now that you have all of your activities planned out, the only thing left on your list is to find a family to home swap with. With Knok, home sharing has never been any easier. You could home exchange with a house in the quiet hills of Los Angeles’ hippiest neighborhood, Silver Lake, or in Valley Village, just outside of L.A, or find your own perfect fit at

What is the next staycation destination that you would like us to write about?

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New Season Resolutions

Sep 01st, 2015

With a new season of life approaching in the coming months, change is inevitable. Instead of rejecting it and wishing it wouldn’t happen, try welcoming it with open arms! Take advantage of this time to start something new in your life.




Learn from your experiences: When something happens in life, a part of you changes and grows. You learn a new life lesson. But it’s important to make note of this growth. Learn from what happened, and carry that with you each day.

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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!”



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


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Learn Something New on Your Next Vacation



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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