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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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Posted 4 days ago at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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If you love British period dramas, you have probably already discovered a very recent TV series, Bridgerton (on Netflix), set in Regency England but with a very modern slant on the story. One of the joys of travel that many of us have been missing is the chance to visit locations we’re familiar with from films or TV. Bridgerton is a feast for the eyes with the Regency city of Bath featuring prominently as well as several locations in London plus Painshill Park in Surrey and Castle Howard in Yorkshire. Click here to view some of the lavish locations and read about them and the Bridgerton storylines set in each in an excellent article published by Visit Britain. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Arrange a home swap staycation: enjoy free holiday accommodation and enjoy the space, comforts and safety of staying in a real home. Home Base Holidays has thousands of home swap offers in over 90 countries. However, being based in the UK, there are a particularly large number of temping offers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You'll find everything from country cottages, city apartments, large family homes and even houseboats and yurts! Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2021 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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If like me you've been cooped up working from your small garden-less city apartment, you may well have had thoughts of packing up and moving to a new life in the country. Try a long term home exchange before making a permanent move. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Home swap travel plans postponed until later in the year? With much of the world again in lockdown, many of us will be looking for fun, proactive ways to fill the time and keep our spirits up. If you're tired of the TV and it's too cold and wet for gardening, you may want to head to the kitchen and try recreating some of your favourite dishes from around the world. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Even in this most difficult of years for travel and home exchange, we continued to add to our archive of information on every aspect of swapping homes. Unsurprisingly, questions we've received at Home Base Holidays, and many of the most read blog posts, relate to the pandemic and the affect it has had on home exchange plans. At the beginning of a new year, when we can hopefully start to look forward to better times (and home swaps) ahead, it's time to reflect on the past year. Following below is a list of the most read blog posts published on Travel the Home Exchange Way during 2020. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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As we say goodbye to 2020, we welcome the New Year with positivity and look forward to better times ahead. This year has challenged us all in unprecedented ways and we want to say a big thank you to all our Home Base Holidays members, and wish you all a happy new year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Well, 2020 has sure been a strange year (and that’s putting it mildly); we just hope that you're all doing really well and that you have a lovely relaxing Christmas. We're increasingly hopeful that the new year will bring us all much better news and that we'll soon enjoy some long overdue home exchange vacations in 2021. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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It's been such a tough year for everyone that loves to travel and we all just hope that 2021 turns out to be a much better year. However, it's been so nice to see many Home Base Holidays members have, when the travel restrictions have allowed, still been able to enjoy a much needed home exchange getaway. Shown below is the excellent feedback from home swappers Cat & James who swapped their townhouse in Bath for a few days in Laura's family home in North London. With both members being pet owners, this staycation swap enabled them to take their dogs on the exchange and also agreed to look after each others cats. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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The exciting announcement that the UK has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for widespread use has given a huge boost for travel to return to some semblance of normality soon. With the positive news of the efficacy of several vaccines over the past few weeks, we have seen a steady increase in Home Base Holidays members starting to discuss and pencil in home exchange holiday plans for 2021. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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The recent positive news of the success of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccine trials has been a very welcome boost and has given everyone hope that home exchange holidays will be given the green light to go for 2021. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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With many of us again facing travel restrictions, it's good to focus on safe ways to keep active while not venturing far from home. Going for a walk or bike ride is a great way to lift your spirits, get some exercise and take in local sights. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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With people in many countries and regions facing travel restrictions, many of us are having to focus on safe ways to scratch the travel itch while not venturing far from home. So, if home swap holidays are on hold until 2021, you could use this time to get out and explore your local area - become a tourist in your own town. Going for a walk or bike ride is a great way to lift your spirits, get some exercise and also take in some of the nearby sights. Getting out for a safe wander is also a good opportunity to support some of the small local businesses - so go out, grab a coffee and explore! Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Although many people will not yet feel ready to make firm travel commitments, this really is a good time to start conversations with other Home Base Holidays members so that you can start penciling in home exchange travel plans for 2021. Here are five tips to help you find your home exchange holidays for 2021. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Understandably, some people will not yet feel ready to make firm travel commitments. However, it's a good time to start new conversations with Home Base Holidays members so that you can begin penciling in your home exchange plans for 2021. Check out the latest Home Swappers travel newsletter. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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I have an apartment in Prague and am looking to spend 1-2 months in English speaking country from March/April 2021. However, I use an electric wheelchair and so it's important that I find accommodation that is suitable. I'm interested in arranging a home swap but will I find accommodation that meet my requirements? Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Thanks to everyone that sent in their fabulous photos in our recent travel photography competition to win an Amazon Echo Dot. We received so many lovely holiday photos and home swap trip reports, making it very hard to select a winner. However, Alison's photo (above) from their July 2020 home exchange in Suffolk was chosen as the winner of the Echo Dot. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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During the current uncertainty over travel worldwide due to Covid-19, with guidelines and restrictions likely to continue to fluctuate for some time, many members won’t want to make firm commitments to exchange just yet. However, this is a great time to start contacting others in areas of interest to suggest a home swap, on the understanding that dates cannot be finalised just yet.. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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We've received lots of inquiries from people new to home swapping but looking for travel options that are budget friendly and safe ways to enjoy that much needed getaway. It's quite common that the inquiries are from people thinking about staycationing this year but, on looking, have found many of the campsites and holiday rentals already fully booked. The good news is that there are still plenty of holiday home swap offers available for this year and beyond through the Home Base Holiday website. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Looking back at some of your past holiday experiences, send in your favourite travel photo(s) to be in with a chance to WIN an Amazon Echo Dot. Two runner up entries will be selected to win a one year Home Base Holidays membership. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Check out all the recent home swap offers and Join Now to start your home swapping adventures, whether for a working holiday or for a much needed completely relaxing break from home. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Staycation holidays are continuing to prove particularly popular as we cautiously step out of lockdown. Staycations are where you holiday within your own country rather than travelling abroad. As a result, many of the UK's campsites and rental properties have already been fully booked and often their prices substantially increased. However, you'll still find plenty of holiday home swap accommodation offers available and, by choosing to swap homes, you'll enjoy free holiday accommodation along with all the space, comfort and safety of a home from home. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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Home swapping has always helped Home Base Holidays members step away from the busy tourist trail and enjoy the space, comforts and safety of a home from home. As the world starts to slowly reopen for travel, many of us will be wondering what steps we need to take prior to a swap. To help make sure your home exchange guests are safe while staying in your home, we’ve compiled these cleaning guidelines. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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With travel restrictions easing in many countries, we've seen a big increase in members looking to arrange much needed getaways. 'Staycation' home swaps within our own countries are proving particularly popular. Country cottage, a place by the sea or a city break? Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way
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It’s been quite a surreal few months. Although everyone has been doing an excellent job of turning negatives into positives (baking sourdough bread, brushing up on a new language, struggling into yoga positions, or just binge watching Netflix), lockdown has been a tad tough and I think we’re all itching to start planning our next home swap getaway. Whenever it happens, that first post lockdown trip is going to be extra special! Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Travel the Home Exchange Way