IVHE has helped us connect with members across the world. My partner and I thoroughly recommend IVHE as one of the best, most effective exchange websites in existence. Thanks to IVHE we have stayed in wonderful vacation properties all over the world.
I highly recommend IVHE as an international home exchange service. It offers a different concept. We've explored so many different places. The service has been phenomenal, very personal and prompt and we've had only excellent results from IVHE.
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Our experience was - simple and hassle-free : almost as if we had been lent the property by an old friend.
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You have a choice, to do direct home exchange/swaps or use Our unique credit system makes non-simultaneous home exchange possible. Credits are built up every time other members stay in your property. You use your credits to choose from an exquisite selection of luxury villas, boutique hotels, city condos, ski apartments, chalets, safari game lodges, log cabins and even yachts all owned by IVHE Vacation Home Exchange members. We provide you year-round access to luxury vacation homes, all in prime travel destinations. Read more...
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We returned from a fantastic IVHE home exchange trip to London and Copenhagen. My husband commented on the trip, "This is the only way we are going to travel from now on!" I agree!
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Mercy Corps, is a highly respected international relief and development charity, that helps more than 14 million people each year recover from disasters, providing emergency relief in times of crisis, helps to build stronger communities and find their own solutions to poverty.
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Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is going through a time of religious and ethnic violence. Families have lost everything and thousands have become refugees in makeshift sites.
With such a terrible situation you can often feel helpless but because of yourcommitment we are taking action and saving lives:
As well as continuing our projects to lift families out of poverty we are operating mobile services, visiting sites to help prevent gender based violence and assist vulnerable women and children. Female community members we've trained are busy raising awareness about hygiene and supporting children at safe spaces in overcrowded sites.
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If you are considering swapping cars, boats, ski-doo's etc always check with your insurance company that your guests will be covered in the unfortunate event of something going wrong. There are some countries that are fine for occasional guest drivers to use vehicles, especially if the guest has a driving licence from the same country. Others countries are less helpful, as an example most British car insurance companies will have options like ‘any driver over 25’ but those driver need to have UK licences, adding drivers to the insurance is sometimes an option but again not always acceptable from a different country.
When considering the driving option in a foreign country consider the usual differences, outside of North America most cars are not automatic, this can be a major problem if not used to using a car with gears.
Make sure you look though different traffic signals and laws.
In some countries there are obvious local ways of driving; sometimes it is safer to drive like a local even when it does not seem the safest option.
With the ease of the internet, it is easy to find out about local driving ways.
When renting a car, typically it is cheaper to pre book a car online, always read the small print carefully. Car rentals are notorious for not having clear pricing policies.
Those of a certain age may fondly recall Tarzan, King of the Jungle and the Saturday movie matinee. Though born to the manor, he was orphaned in the jungles of Africa and raised by a motherly gorilla. His was a primitive paradise. He lived off the land in a treehouse with his chimpanzee companion, Cheeta. At dusk, they would sit on the treehouse terrace, share coconut milk and bananas, and watch the stunning sunset as the herd animals below became quiet and the predators began to stir.
Although Tarzan would have an occasional run-in with a nasty crocodile or a rogue gorilla, he was friends with most of the animals; he spoke their language. If he was ever in a bind, he could summon them to his rescue with the clarion call of his famous Tarzan yell. His only serious conflicts came from poachers, hell bent on killing elephants, his friends, for their ivory tusks, and the incursions of Bwana Devils (white men) in search of native treasure. Of course, Tarzan would always beat them back and save the day. And Cheeta provided the closing levity with a Chimpanzee laugh and a sumersault. Fade out.
Fiction though it may be, the idyllic life of Tarzan – communing with nature and coexisting peacefully with animals -- stirred the imagination of people of all ages; including the developers of Kudu Game Ranch, a private game ranch with eco-friendly homesites nested in the beautiful wooded mountains of the highveld in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. One of those homesites is owned by IVHE home exchangers who invite you to share their unique African experience.
This thatched roof game lodge offers the same spectacular views of the landscape and animals that Tarzan had, plus his freedom from the electronic addictions of modern life -– internet, wifi, television, DVD, VCR, CD player.
Spend your days exploring the spectacular scenery of this 6,000 hectare farm, its two waterfalls, wetlands teeming with waterfowl, and two rivers well stocked with fish. Consider doing it on horseback. Rental horses are available and can be ridden among the game for a closer look than normal since they don’t see horses as a threat.
There are over 1,100 head of game on the farm including buffalo, white rhino, leopard, sable, giraffe, zebra, eland, hippo, crocodile and numerous other antelope species. Lions and elephants are not on the farm, but you will find them, and hundreds of other species, in Kruger National Park, the mother of all wildlife parks, an hour’s drive away.
Instead of watching TV in the evening, grill a steak on the outdoor braai (bbq) next to the house, enjoy it on a large open patio area or on the covered patio leading from the lounge. Then kick back with a beer or bottle of excellent South African wine and listen to the sounds of the African night under a sky of countless stars.
Civilization – the town of Lydenburg -- is just 12 kilometers away if you need to buy provisions, enjoy a nice dinner out, or shop for souvenirs.
This home is roughing it, but with a bit of style. It may just be the thing for getting back in touch with tranquility and your inner Tarzan. Learn more details and see pictures by clicking the property # above. If you own a vacation home and are not familiar with the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.
If you know port from starboard and are qualified to navigate a boat in Pacific coastal waters, here is an awesome yacht you can charter for home exchange credits or a direct home swap.
If you like the idea of living on a floating adventure, but you don’t know your aft from your stern when it comes to piloting, you can still have the adventure with a captain-for-hire who will do all the driving while you have all the fun.
Welcome aboard the Pacific Odyssey – a 44-foot luxury yacht that can comfortably sleep up to eight people. It is based at the Delta Yacht Marina located at the Delta Airport Hotel. Fly to Vancouver, catch a free shuttle to the Hotel, and from there porters will assist in taking your luggage directly to the yacht.
From the marina, set course south for the beautiful U.S. San Juan Islands or north to the sheltered waters and dramatic coastlines of the Canadian Gulf Islands. Further north is the spectacular fjords, mountains, and wildlife of Desolation Sound and the Inside Passage to Alaska.
If you prefer citified wildlife, you can cruise to anchorages and marinas within an hour of Vancouver. Or anchor in the downtown area at False Creek and visit the famous Grandville Island Marketplace, Chinatown, and the humming clubs and bars.
The Odyssey yacht features two private queen-sized staterooms with full ensuite bathrooms, a queen-size sofa bed in the living room, plus a dinette that converts to a double bed. There is an entertainment center with a surround sound audio system, and two LCD televisions. The modern kitchen has everything you need to prepare snacks, meals, and libations.
For those in the know, specs for the Pacific Odyssey include:
For more details, and pictures, click here for the property #181. And to find out more about the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at WHO WE ARE and HOW IT WORKS. Happy cruising!
This is a prime location for a memorable home swap holiday in the Florida panhandle. The sparkling Gulf of Mexico and white sandy beaches are a few steps away, inviting you to swim, fish, sail, snorkel, and surf. But proximity to sand and surf is only half the story.
Patterned after small waterfront villages in the West Indies, the neighborhoods of Rosemary Beach are an intimate patchwork of homes, open spaces, courtyards, cafes, restaurants, shops and recreational facilities all linked together by lanes, paths and boardwalks. Architects and town designers call the concept “new urbanism.” You will call it walkable, sociable, convenient, and utterly charming.
Beyond “the village,” but within a 10-15 minute drive, you can catch a charter boat for deep sea fishing, or take to the links on beautiful world-class golf courses. The nearby communities of Seaside and Alys Beach offer additional restaurants and shops to explore, plus summer events for the whole family, including sand sculpting on the beach and free concerts at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Rosemary Beach homes are designed to withstand tropical storms yet allow sea breezes to circulate, in keeping with building traditions of the Caribbean and American South. They have deep eaves, shuttered sleeping porches, high ceilings, French doors, and hipped roofs. Open balconies offer space for relaxing and listening to the sounds of the gentle surf.
Your beach house has three floors connected by a grand staircase that combines sophistication with a touch of whimsy. The main living area, on the second floor, opens to porches at each end through four sets of French doors. It features a library of beach and ocean-themed books for adults and children. One of the four bathrooms is on the second floor.
The master suite and its own luxurious bathroom are upstairs on the third floor, the “crows nest,” and has views of the sea. The two other bedrooms, one incredibly kid-friendly, are below on the first. There are two bathrooms here, as well as an outdoor shower to rinse off after a day at the beach.
The fully-equipped kitchen features gracious cabinetry, over-sized sinks, and lots of counter space. Grocery stores and markets for provisions are a short drive away.
Click the property # above for photos and more details on this Rosemary Beach jewel. To find out more about the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at WHO WE ARE and HOW IT WORKS.
The Flintstones would be green with envy. This cave house is old, as most cave houses are. But it’s been renovated to add contemporary luxuries while retaining its traditional ambiance.
It has three levels of terraces with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the tranquil remnants of a volcano that literally blew the island apart almost 400 years ago.
The master bedroom is built deep into the rock and has a domed ceiling, a Mediterranean-tiled en-suite sitting room, and a private bathroom with shower. The second bedroom has a cathedral ceiling and, like the master, a queen size bed. The “honeymoon suite,” or third bedroom, is a separate unit on the top terrace with its own bathroom and balcony.
The living room is cozy and large enough to entertain a whole tribe of cave people in style. They will all love their home swap holiday.
Wilma Flintstone will love the kitchen and its traditional Santorinian ceramic sink with a blue-framed window above it. She can enjoy a splendid view of the sea and the town of Fira while she prepares whatever Fred bags for the day or a fresh-caught fish she might pick up in the Fira square.
Fira is at the island’s center. Your cave house is actually in Imerovigli, a small resort town perched on a cliff overlooking Fira and the sea. The sunset views from either city have been called the most spectacular in the world. Fira and Imerovigli are connected by a lovely cliffside footpath and a road offering bus rides as an option to hiking. Imerovigli has a few good restaurants, shops, and mini markets. Fira has a few more, plus a bustling upscale nightlife.
Santorini’s sights and activities let you alternate between the passive and the active. On the one hand, there are many fascinating archeological sites, cultural museums, and Byzantine churches to explore; and on the other, water sports -- from snorkeling and diving to sailing – that will make Fred Flintstone yell “Yabba Dabba Doo.”
A big day for little Pebbles is to take her on a donkey ride to the old port then on to see the volcano and swim in the hot springs. If she’s not too fond of donkeys, head to one of the island’s many beaches for a day of swimming and basking in the warm Mediterranean sun.
For pictures and more information on this cave house in awesome Santorini, club the link above. If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, check us out at www.ivhe.com and find out how you can stay at this house – and other vacation properties around the world -- without spending hardly a cent.
Iceland – the name may imply a frozen hell. The reality is far from it. Sure, there are snow fields, glaciers, and polar bears, but in the summer there are also lush green valleys, flower gardens, water birds, and easily accessible camp sites and hiking trails - perfect for your home swap holiday!
The only difficult thing about a summer holiday in Iceland is pronouncing the names of its cities and attractions. Wrap these around your non-Nordic tongue and weep: Myvatn, Jökulsárgljúfur, Hljódaklettar, Hólmatungur, Ásbyrgi, Tjörnes, Adaldalur, Laxárdalur and Grenjadarstadur. Okay, easy for them to say, but not to worry. English works just about everywhere.
Your IVHE property in Iceland is a cozy cottage (1 or 2 bedrooms) near the town of Husavik in the Lake Myvatn region of northern Iceland – 30 miles from the Artic Circle in an area of active volcanism. All the houses in Husavik are heated with geothermal water. Nearby is the Myvatn Naturebaths, a geothermal hot pool where people go swimming outdoors year ‘round. Here you can soak in the warm water while enjoying a spectacular view of the Lake Myvatn landscape. The high air temperature in the summer, May through September, ranges from 50-58 degrees (F); 10-14 degrees (C).
The National Park Jökulsárglúfur is another special place nearby. Its varied natural beauty includes the largest waterfall in Iceland, awesome gorges, emerald-green valleys, red mountains and fascinating rock formations. Bring your trekking shoes.
Husavik is a picturesque harbor town with a reputation for being the whale-watching capital of Iceland. A variety of whale species frequently enter the bay. In addition to seeing them in person, you can see fascinating displays and exhibits of North Atlantic species and their environment at the Husavik Whale Museum by the harbor.
The Exploration Museum is another downtown attraction worth a visit. It is dedicated to the history of human exploration from the Vikings and early explorers to the astronauts and exploration of space. It also includes exhibits of under-ground and under-sea expeditions.
Your cottage is only 1200 meters from town. It is part of a private community of ten new cottages built of timber logs. You have all the facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a big terrace with expansive views. Find out more about it, and see some gorgeous photos, by clicking the property # above.
If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, check out the possibilities it offers for swapping your second home or vacation rental property for vacation stays at locations around the world. Explore this site further at WHO WE ARE and HOW IT WORKS.
Staying in this parkside home swap cottage is an extraordinary value in more ways than one. Its location near the Golden Gate Park and central San Francisco puts you in close proximity to major attractions and what’s-happening events. But the park next door may keep you in place for awhile.
The Golden Gate Park is more than a green space with a few trees, birds, squirrels, etc. to give you a brief respite from the central-city hustle and bustle. You could spend a whole day or more exploring this landmark park which stretches from the center of the city west almost four miles to the Pacific Ocean. Within its 1,017 acres are other cultural and natural attractions (not to mention concerts, festivals and events) including:
San Francisco Botanical Gardens Covering 55 acres of the park with miles of trails winding through a myriad of plant varieties from around the world. One trail runs through a naturalistic redwood forest.
Japanese Tea Garden The oldest public Japanese garden in the country, with beautiful plants, ponds, bridges, and graceful Japanese structures including a tea house.
Conservatory of Flowers Beautiful, exotic flowers and plants housed in a palatial antique greenhouse, the first of its kind in the country.
California Academy of Sciences First-class exhibts include a massive Rainforests of the World showcase, an impressive planetarium, and an aquarium featuring unusual sealife.
de Young Museum Contemporary and historical art from the Americas, Africa, and Oceania are featured in this museum uniquely-designed with court yards and sculpture gardens.
At the end of a busy day, head for the western end of the park and the Beach Chalet, a charming restaurant in a 1930s building where you can watch surfers or sundowns while enjoying drinks and dinner. Also open for lunch.
During the summer to October, a free shuttle bus circulates through the park. Street cars and trolly buses operate along the park’s boundaries, giving you convenient and affordable ways to see Haight-Ashbury, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and the other famous sights of this famous city.
Your cozy cottage home-away-from home has Victorian touches the host has added during years of remodeling. Relaxing outside is just as inviting as the inside with lovely landscaping and an English rock-garden fountain.
Pick up some hallmarks of San Francisco cuisine -- dungeness crab (in season), fresh vegetables, and sour dough bread -- at Fisherman’s Wharf and put your fully-equipped kitchen to serious use.
What an enjoyable place for your San Francisco home-exchange getaway. Find out more about it by clicking the property # above.
Not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange? Been thinking about offering your vacation home or rental property as an exchange or swap? Explore this site further to find out how you can do it differently and better with IVHE. Check out WHO WE ARE and HOW IT WORKS.