Paris, Amsterdam? To Accept or Not to Accept. That is The Question.

A Paris mime near Pompidou Center, Paris (from my 2009 home exchange near Paris)

A Paris mime near Pompidou Center, Paris (from my 2009 home exchange near Paris)

In the last several weeks I have started to receive a regular stream of home exchange inquiries from families in Europe who want to exchange homes with my family for next summer.  This is because I have indicated in my home exchange listing that I am interested in going to Europe during the summer of 2015 for a month.  In fact, we are looking for, not one but two, exciting home exchanges (most likely in two different countries.)

I thought it might interest my readers to see how frequently I receive offers of exchange, and more importantly to see the variety and quality of those offers.

So, starting today, I plan to post links to the homes I have been offered.  This week I received two very nice offers (but you judge for yourself), one from the Paris area and the other from Amsterdam.

Hmmm…shall I accept this one in the Paris Area  or maybe this one in  Amsterdam.  I’ll just have to wait to see, since I’m already corresponding with another family near Paris about a potential home exchange next summer.  See below.

In addition to receiving offers, I have also begun to send a few offers.  I’m currently talking with a family in Chartres, France.  I sent them an inquiry in late August, and they have expressed a preliminary interest in an exchange.  We have begun to get to know each other to see if we want to commit to the exchange.  Take a look at their incredible home exchange offering.  My fingers are crossed that this one will work out, because I love their location and their amazing home.  But, if not this exchange…

I know two things for sure.  My family will be going to Europe next year (although exactly where is anyone’s guess), and wherever it is, I’m certain it will be exceptional!



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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2 Responses to Paris, Amsterdam? To Accept or Not to Accept. That is The Question.

  1. pdjpix says:

    I am biased but the Amsterdam location looks really nice. I’d take it at a moment’s notice. Might have to join up with the home exchange and see how many offers we get for Sydney Australia. Regards and good luck, Peet


    • Hi Peet, I totally agree that the Amsterdam offer is fantastic! If the home exchange that I am working on in Chartres, France does not come to pass, then I will likely consider Amsterdam. However, we may be traveling with another family (waiting for them to decide); if they decide to come, I will need to find a larger Amsterdam home. If that is the case, I will send an inquiry to this beautiful, but larger property in Amsterdam. Otherwise, that Amsterdam home would be great for my family. You should definitely give home exchange a try. It is amazing!


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