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Home Base Holidays
Canadian born Londoner and have been operating a home exchange service since 1985.
Interests: Travel, home exchange, theatre, friends, pilates, book group, reading, family, walking, green issues, vegetarian food (cooking and eating out), photography
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The past few weeks have been strange (and extremely frightening for anyone faced with Covid-19 symptoms) and, for everyone, a steep learning curve, doing our best to stay safe and well and adapt to a different, albeit hopefully temporary, way of life in lockdown. We've had so many lovely messages from Home Base Holidays members letting us know what they have been up to and even just to check that we're safe and well. It's been genuinely heartwarming, and it's been so lovely to the generosity shown by the many members that have offered free holiday stays in their homes to healthcare / frontline workers via the My Travel Pledge campaign - thank you so much! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Thank you so much to all the Home Base Holidays members that have come forward to be a part of the #MyTravelPledge campaign. It's been so incredibly heart warming to see so many members offering free holiday stays to NHS staff / healthcare workers for when it is safe to travel again - you guys are amazing! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Home Base Holidays are proud to have teamed up with the #MyTravelPledge campaign. We are looking for members that would be interested in offering NHS staff / healthworkers a free stay in their home swap property when it is safe to travel again. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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As families around the world bunker in amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we've seen so many uplifting examples of neighbourly love. Be it the thousands of people volunteering to help the vulnerable in the community, neighbours coming to their windows and doorsteps to cheer on our heroic healthcare workers and, of course, the wonderful heartwarming videos from Italy where people of all generations have taken to their balconies to sing and play musical instruments. The wonderful scenes in Italy were nationwide from Sicily to Milan and provide a beautiful insight into the Italian spirit. We were sent these two lovely photos from Home Base Holidays member, Valerie Walsh, from her home in the Medieval hillside village of Ceriana, Italy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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With many of us now on lockdown and home swap plans postponed, we're all having to adapt and find ways to keep our spirits up. Our home exchange travels may be on hold for now, but there are still ways to scratch that travel itch without leaving our homes. Shown below are some of our favourite virtual tours and wildlife cams. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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These really are the most extraordinary of times and we just hope that everyone is keeping safe and well. With much of the world now on lockdown and travel plans postponed, many of us are finding ways to adapt and make sure we find ways to keep our spirits up. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
With information and advice on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) changing almost hourly, and countries at different stages and approaches to dealing with it, it is a particularly difficult time for anyone travelling or planning to travel in the near future. It’s understandable that for many people, travel plans are on-hold for now. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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In a couple of weeks we're setting off to England on our first home exchange - we're very excited! I wonder if it is standard practice to bring a gift to give to the family we are swapping with? This hadn't occurred to us and then someone mentioned it, so now we're wondering what other members do. Thanks, Sue (British Columbia, Canada) Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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When someone is being interviewed in their home office for a TV news report, do you ever get side-tracked from listening, trying to read the titles of books in a bookcase behind them? If you do, you are very likely to also be eager to check out the books in your home swap hosts’ home, perhaps looking for common interests, or something completely different from your normal reading matter to dip into. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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There are always predictions of trends in travel, whether it be that particular countries or areas grow in popularity or, now that we are more environmentally conscious of the impact on the climate of long-haul flights and wasteful hotels, with rail travel and holidays closer to home becoming more popular. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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This is the second year in a row we've arranged a Christmas holiday home swap. I'd usually think about home swapping in the spring or summer, but a couple of years ago we received a very tempting home exchange offer in Suffolk for a couple of weeks before Christmas - we took up the offer and enjoyed it so much that we arranged a Christmas exchange in 2019! Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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We had a wonderful 3 week home swap in Sarah and Peter's home in South Burlington, Vermont. As the home exchange agreement was made well in advance we had plenty of time to get to know each other via messages and Skype. Sarah is an absolute perfectionist to detail and arranged everything for our trip to go as smoothly as possible. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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2020 home swaps: now is the ideal time to start planning your home exchanges through Home Base Holidays for your Easter and summer getaways. Check out the latest issue of the Home Swappers newsletter. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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My husband and I enjoyed a 3 week home swap staying at Helena and Mike's lovely, newly renovated, historic home. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Our thoughts are with all our members in Australia in areas affected by the terrible bushfires, and for all concerned for family and friends in Australia Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Looking over the posts that have had most views in 2019, there are three themes that predominate – ‘how to’ posts are the most popular, followed by members’ home exchange experience stories and thirdly, particular slants on home swapping by our guest posters. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Start planning your 2020 home swaps through Home Base Holidays. Check out the latest issue of the Home Swappers newsletter for home exchange offers and swap stories. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Merry Christmas from everyone at Travel the Home Exchange Way and Home Base Holidays. We hope you have a fantastic holiday season with friends and family. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Wishing you a very happy holiday season. With the New Year just around the corner, plan your home swap holidays for 2020. Check out our Christmas issue of the Home Swappers Newsletter to start planning your 2020 getaways. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Whether you're looking for a cosy country cottage, a city break or some winter sun, you'll find your perfect home swap accommodation through Home Base Holidays. Check out the latest issue of our home exchange newsletter for home swap tips, offers and member stories. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Home swap tips from member with over 100 home exchanges completed. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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BLACK FRIDAY SALE: save 25% on your Home Base Holiday membership during our Black Friday sale. Start planning your home exchange vacations for 2020. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Looking to embrace the cold months or escape to the sun? You will find a home exchange holiday offer to suit you. Check out the latest issue of our home exchange newsletter for home swap tips, offers and member stories. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Autumn is here and I am looking forward to yet another home exchange holiday. My last exchange was in Stroud, which I fell in love with straight away! I've visited the Cotswolds many times but never Gloucestershire, though I felt I knew it well thanks to reading books by Laurie Lee. Stroud is beautiful and more than lived up to expectations. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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We had a fantastic week long home swap in Windermere. Fiona and Dave’s place is immaculate, centrally located in the village of Windermere. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Travel the Home Exchange Way