2014 Travel Trends – Home Exchange Fits In

Travel TrendI just reviewed  my daily twitter feed and came across the “Ups and Downs: 2014 Travel Trends” http://www.roamright.com/travel-tips-and-news/ups-and-downs-2014-travel-trends/

The article referenced 6 travel trends, 3 they consider HOT, and 3 they consider NOT.  It’s two of the hot trends for 2014 that have prompted me to write this post.  These two hot trends are for multi-generational travel and affordable luxury travel.

What immediately jumped out at me when I read this report was that my style of travel, international home exchange, is the perfect solution for those wanting to experience multiple generational travel, as well as those looking to travel luxuriously.  In fact, both those objectives can easily be satisfied by the right international home exchange.  I know this for a fact because I have been traveling quite luxuriously for the past six years with my multi-generational family of five or more.

I didn’t get to have a Gap year backpacking through Europe as a youth; and my mother didn’t get to travel to Europe at all until she was fifty five; but the both of us have made up for that in the past six years by traveling together as a multi-generational family.  This family always includes myself and my husband, my two children, and my mother; but we frequently bring along other family members and friends.   Seeing the world is great; seeing it with your children, parents, and other family members is so much better.

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Grandma adoring her eleven year old grandson on multi-generational trip, France 2009

International home exchange makes this possible.  We can bring along as many family members and friends as the home exchange house has beds!  In 2011, we had a home exchange in East Sussex, England.  That home had eight bedrooms which could have accommodated as many as 15 family members.

Aside from the number of sleeping spaces, a large home is much more suited to a family enjoying quality time with one another, than any other type of accommodation.  Hotels can’t compare, and nor can an ill-equipped rental.  Our English exchange home also had a pool, a tennis court, and a full-sized croquet court to entertain all ages and tastes.  Obviously, not all home exchange homes are that well equipped, but I think you get the point.

I think my last comment, however, is a good lead in to my next point.  International home exchange can be the perfect solution for those travelers looking for affordable luxury travel.  When my multi-generational family settles in to a long term (multi-week) home exchange, we often take side trips to far flung areas and overnight in hotels.  The hotels that we stay in are never as luxurious as the homes we live in for free.  We would have to pay dearly to get the same level of luxury in a hotel as we get in a free home exchange.  So, we just try to find the best accommodations we can for the price we decide.  We are always happy to get back to the luxury of our home exchange accommodations.

Our very luxurious English Manor home in Wadsworth, East Suxxex, England 2011

Our very luxurious English Manor home in Wadsworth, East Suxxex, England 2011

If you’ve seen photos of my five home exchanges, you will likely agree that each was quite luxurious.  The English exchange home I reference above is pictured to the left.

So, if you are looking for a great option for a multi-generational trip and/or affordable luxury, look no further than international home exchange.

 

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About Kerry Ascione

Past business and IT professional turned travel writer, blogger, speaker and coach. Huge supporter of the Peer Sharing Movement, especially as it relates to making the lives of families richer in culture and travel. Author of Have Home Will Travel, The Ultimate International Home Exchange Guide for Families.
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4 Responses to 2014 Travel Trends – Home Exchange Fits In

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    So fabulous! So how does it all work? I assume the family comes and lives in your home too while you are in theirs. Do you live in a desirable location? We live in Minneapolis which is wonderful in fall and summer but not so great in the winter unless you are used to it!

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    • So glad you asked! It’s truly remarkable. In a simultaneous home exchange, you do live in your exchange partners home, at the same time they live in yours. I live in a so – so location; a suburb one hour from NYC, and twenty minutes from the NJ shore; so not exactly city and not exactly beach, but good enough to get lots of wonderful home exchange opportunities! I understand what you mean about winter; my location, being near the coast, coupled with the fact that I have a pool, is much more desirable in the summer; yet, I still get offers from people who want to come during other seasons. Go figure! If you are interested in giving international home exchange a try, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Kerry Ascione, The Trusting Traveler.

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    • I hope you do try it one day; you won’t be sorry you did!

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