We love travelling through home exchange. We swap houses with other people around the world – they stay in our house, and we stay in theirs. It’s free, and a great way to travel. If you saw the movie The Holiday, with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, it’s like that. We organize our home exchanges through a website: HomeExchange.com
Ian and I have done 2 previous home exchanges (to Vancouver Island and Mexico), and have just confirmed our 3rd. In September, we’re heading to Palm Springs, California. We’re so excited – our exchange partner has a gorgeous condo with 3 swimming pools and many other nice amenities! It’s like going to a resort, for free. (that’s a photo of the place up there)
We’ve never been to the desert, so we’re pumped to explore the surrounding area, including Joshua Tree National Park. Fingers crossed it won’t be too hot (30-35 degrees is not unusual in September). And Palm Springs has a large concentration of mid-century modern architecture and furniture – it’s gonna be like living in Mad Men. So excited!