As always the support and efforts from IVHE were great! Dealing with the owner and her support people on the Island was very easy and a pleasure at all times. We would like to thank them all for a Wonderful experience and a great way to start our summer vacation.
Emil St.Hilaire 09 Jul 2015 #0769
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As new members we didn’t really know what to expect from IVHE, however we needn’t have been concerned – from start to finish it all went like clockwork, with nothing left to chance. Communication with your team was excellent, with emails answered quickly.
We are back home from our trip to Argentina. We had a wonderful time!! Our stay at the IVHE.com home exchange in the Uco Valley in Mendoza was super.
We look forward to future IVHE home exchanges!
Martha and Randy - Canada 11 Feb 2015 #0827
Our experience with your IVHE coordinating team was outstanding, with a lot of extra detail supplied about the trip, which made our decision to go and what to take with, so much easier.
We spent a wonderful week in Tansy Cottage and highly recommend it. Furnished to the highest standards, excellent beds and superb bathrooms, we recommend it to others who want base to explore this beautiful corner of West Wales. The stunning location is peaceful and returning home to a log fire was a real joy.
The IVHE trade co-ordinating team could not have been more helpful, in fact my experience with all IVHE staff has been very positive - they really look after you!
Norman 22 May 2015 #0983
A luxurious and supremely comfortable apartment, The apartment is a real "home" and we felt privileged and grateful to be able to use it as our base for exploring Puerto Vallarta.
Thanks so much for allowing us to share your beautiful home!
Alison L #0534
You have a choice to do direct home exchange/swaps or use our unique credit system to make non-simultaneous home exchanges 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!
Sommer 04 Jul 2013 #0699
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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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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 your commitment 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.
Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean. Five million people live in its metro area. Its history goes back three thousand years. To say that there is a lot to do and see in this vibrant city is an understatement.
In addition to a fabulous beach, Barcelona’s recreational areas include 68 parks: historical, botanical, zoological, and forested. Its performing arts venues cover opera, theater, dance, concert, symphonic, pop and alternative music. And its fabulous museums present stunning exhibits of visual arts (including Picasso and Miro), archeology, history, and maritime interests.
Barcelona’s architecture ranges from medieval to modernist to steel and glass towers with a few Roman examples thrown in for good measure. Architectural attractions are, in fact, one of Barcelona’s biggest tourist draws.
Especially important is the The Sagrada Familia. It began as a neo-Gothic church in 1882. The next year Antoni Gaudi took over the project and changed the design to Gaudi’s trademark modernist style, which adapts forms found in nature. Changes were ongoing to the extent that, years after Gaudi’s death, the imposing structure is still unfinished. Ten more years might do it. It is still one of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks.
Monumental buildings surround Plaza Cataluna, Barcelona’s enormous central square. The Old Town (Ciutat Vella) and the 19th century L'Eixample District converge here. Some of the city’s important streets and avenues also meet at the Plaza, including Las Ramblas. This wide boulevard connects the Plaza with the Columbus Monument at Barcelona’s waterfront. Part of Las Ramblas is set aside for pedestrians only. Mime artists, street performers, flower stalls, and kiosks make this a popular place for tourists and locals alike.
Plaza Cataluna is a major transportation hub in the city. Underground Metro lines, a city railway line, and city buses meet here, giving tourists easy access to practically every museum, theater, cathedral, historical site, beach, and park the city has to offer.
One of the great things about this vacation-home-exchange apartment is its proximity to Plaza Cataluna and some of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. The neighborhood itself abounds with restaurants, bars, concert halls, and shopping opportunities.
This sunny apartment has spacious bedrooms, a large living room and dining room, and a huge terrace with comfy outside sofas. It has free wifi throughout. The modern kitchen is fully equipped and ready for you to try your hand at one of Barcelona’s seafood or pork specialities.
Find out more about this wonderfully convenient home-swap apartment in Barcelona by clicking the property # above. If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, find out what you’re missing by exploring this site further. Click ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS for all the details.
You perfect home exchange, overlooking stunning lake views over Lewis Smith Lake,
Your Home swap vacation to Alabama will exceed your expectations when you make Lewis Smith Lake your preferred location. Smith Lake is the deepest in Alabama at more than 200 feet deep. It covers 21,000 acres with more than 500 miles of shoreline. The lake has a watershed of about 950 square miles.
Smith Lake's western side is home to the 180,000-acre Bankhead National Forest, home to the Sipsey Wilderness, and the Sipsey fork of the Black Warrior River, Alabama's only wild and scenic river. The water flowing through the national forest is one of the main reasons for the lake's crystal clear water. The area surrounding the lake is rural, and much of the shoreline is unspoilt and undeveloped. Beautiful woods and cliffs surround the lake. There are lots of coves to explore and miles of beautiful water to cruise on. There are lots of places to launch your boat and several recreation areas. It's a fisherman's delight! The best are around the dam and in Arley, AL. Early season fishing is good when the bass are spawning. Stripers are the main game fish with largemouth and catfish. It's a great place to take the boat and fish all day, stopping only to take a dip in the cool clear water.
The closest large towns are Cullman and Jasper.
Things to see and do nearby:
A visit to Jasper would be incomplete without seeing the beautiful stained-glass dome inside the First United Methodist Church.
Clarkson Covered Bridge, one of Cullman County's most well known attractions, is also one of the area's most historically rich sites.
Originally built in 1904, and used regularly by travellers and farmers to go across Crooked Creek, the old bridge is now closed to traffic, the centrepiece of a park built in period fashion to showcase the bridge and its historical significance. In 1974, Clarkson Bridge was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Soon thereafter the Cullman County Commission restored the site, embellishing the area with hiking trails, a picnic grounds, a Dogtrot log cabin and a working mill.
The Ave Maria Grotto is worth a visit. Known around the world as "Jerusalem in Miniature," it is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to give a natural background to the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. What started as a hobby, with different materials he could find, constant patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time.
Make this wonderful getaway and explore other new and wonderful locations by joining IVHE home exchange now!
Samoëns ski home swap studio with great views. Our stylish, spacious and comfortable studio is just a short walk from the picturesque village.
The Samoëns is by the Giffre River within a wide glacial valley. The village goes around a large lime tree that is a reminder of its history. Planted in 1438 and still a very healthy tree, the “Great Lime Tree” now has a trunk measuring 9.50 metres in circumference!
Tourism has greatly benefited Samoëns but it still manages to retain its authentic character. It offers a perfect balance between a major winter sports facility (Le Grand Massif, 265 km of pistes) and a village life. Samoëns extends a warm welcome to its many visitors both in winter and summer, and it is a lively place on every day of the year thanks to the 2,300 people who have their permanent homes here and its seasonal activities. It has a local market (one of the largest in Haute-Savoie), lots of small shops and a great selection of restaurants.
Samoëns is linked to a vast ski area: Le Grand Massif has 265 kilometres of pistes. You can get to the slopes in 8 minutes from the village using the gondola (Le Grand Massif Express).
Thanks to its geographical location, the Grand Massif has abundant, regular snowfalls throughout the season, and the area is well known for the quality of the snow in spring. Of course, 80% of the slopes are north-facing, allowing the snow to lie for longer and remain in good condition.
The Grand Massif features some exceptional spots:
- The Combe de Gers with its dizzying 800 m drop and untouched snow!
- The blue Cascades piste running for 14 km from the summit at Flaine to Sixt Fer à Cheval.
- The Marvel piste that gives beginners a 5 km run through the heart of a forest over a century old.
Samoëns has one of the largest areas of beginners' slopes in Haute-Savoie.
With consideration for you and your children, it provides the largest areas for beginners, at an altitude of 1,600 m, with a children's holiday club and no fewer than 7 ski lifts. There are no steps to climb to reach the Grand Massif Express gondola lift, and the Château ski lift enables parents and children to use the same poles. To ensure users to ski in complete safety, the area for beginners is separated from the other ski areas, and avoid having users with different levels of experience on the same pistes.
Your Whistler mountain playground! Enjoy the pleasures of a winter wonderland in this lovely home swap Condo that has a 1 bedroom with King bed and a sofa bed. Featuring an open floor plan living room /dining area with 1 bathroom plus vanity. LCD TV, temperature controlled gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with a great selection of cooking utensils and service for 8 guests. WIFI Internet and all utilities are included.
All linens are provided and there are washers and dryers in building as well as secure underground parking.
You have access to the resort's year round outdoor heated pool and glass dome covered hot tub, dry sauna, fitness room, game room and locked bike room Two trail bikes are included in summer home exchanges.
The resort is situated in the Upper Village of Blackcomb Mountain in a quiet and private area with ski in/out access 20 meters away. The Spearhead Trail takes you to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking including Lost Lake Park Bike Trail. There is a free shuttle bus every 10 minutes to Whistler Village with its numerous restaurants and shops. The location with ski-in/out access means minimal walking and carrying gear to the slopes. A short walk or downhill ski puts you in the middle of shops, restaurants, and spas.
The ski school, equipment rentals, and lift tickets can be found at the Blackcomb Daylodge. The Wizard Express takes you up to Blackcomb Mountain, where you can then use the Peak 2 Peak gondola to access Whistler Mountain. Non-skiers can hop on the free shuttle to Whistler Village and experience its myriad of shops, restaurants, events, and activities.
Some of the great winter activities include:
Experience the excitement of gliding across Ziptrek’s network of ziplines suspended high above the Fitzsimmons Creek that divides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Ziptrek offers an entertaining combination of high-wire adventure.
Not enough excitement and want to go to the next level of adrenaline rush? With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain including 173 glaciers and 475 runs, Whistler Heli-Skiing has what it takes to go the next level. A variety of packages are available for everyone from upper intermediates to seasoned experts.
2 PEAK Gondola Winter Sightseeing, the gondola ride between the two Mountains provides a 360-degree window into the awsome alpine environment, its surrounding peaks.
Have fun feeling the crisp wind in your face as you slide down the exhilarating tubing hill. Situated in the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb Mountain, the Coca-Cola ®/™ Tube Park is great fun for all ages, the young and the young at heart. There's no skill or equipment needed - just a sense of fun, adventure and a desire for some excitement. The Tube Park is open to extend your fun well into the evening.
A fun adventure for the children to explore is at The Magic Castle and Tree Fort area. The Magic Castle is situated on Blackcomb Mountain in the Children's Adventure Park, which is accessible via Easy Out, just above the base of the Catskinner Chair. These outdoor play areas provide a little magic for families to find and explore while taking a break from skiing or snowboarding. On Whistler Mountain, children can play in the Tree Fort, located just off of Bear Cub trail near the Big Red Express chairlift.
Experience some or all of the above on your next home exchange with IVHE!
Originally only a small fishing town, tourists first started arriving in Playa del Carmen with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel.
Playa del Carmen is distinct in the Yucatan beach towns both culturally and commercially. While its beaches are similar to other destinations, its nightlife and hotel culture is hipper in the European and American style, blending the traditional Mexican locale.
Safety is always still a question, Is Playa del Carmen Safe?
There is no swine flu and no border drug war violence in the Playa del Carmen area, so it is as safe as any other city as long as one uses the same precautions and street smarts as any other tourist destination.
Things to do:
Main thing - be on vacation! That's what people do best there - wind down, relax and kick back. Get in vacation rest and fun mode. The slow pace of Mexico is even slower here in the Caribbean. Don't feel like you have to do things all the time. Just having a stroll around town, sampling good food and drinking ice cold beers and margaritas is enough excitement for a part of your vacation, at least. The beach here is amazing, the perfect place to relax and enjoy. The white soft sand never gets too hot, so you won't burn your feet. The clear turquoise water is warm and clear.
Itching to do something?
Playa and the surrounding areas offer plenty of things to do.
Mayan Ruins - of Course
The Yucatan peninsula is unique for its many Mayan ruins. They are all over the place. There actually some in the town of Playa del Carmen and in Playacar. One can be found on Quinta Avenida, between Calles 12 and 14, another one inside the gates of the budget hostel/camping ground La Ruina on Calle 2 by the beach and yet another one in Playacar. These small coastal outposts are hints of the grand scale of the prolific and ancient Maya world. Many of the most amazing sites are near Playa, including Chichén Itzá, Cobá and Tulum. Do try and visit at least one of them.
Caves and Cenotes
Cenote Cristalino, about 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen. The absolutely unique geology of the Yucatan is an unexpected treat for many visitors. There's more to this area than just beach and sun. Vast cave systems with underground rivers are all over the place. There really aren't any over ground rivers or lakes to speak of in the area due to the topography and geological characteristics of the limestone base rock. In many places the roof of the cave has collapsed, creating a sinkhole and an entrance to the cave. The local name for such a sinkhole is cenote, stemming from the Mayan word dzonot.
In Playa, strolling along 5th Avenue, La Quinta, is a popular with vacationers and locals alike. Most of the time the street is pedestrian only, making it the perfect place to stroll along enjoying Playa's cute shops and boutiques, offering souvenirs, clothes, handicraft, silver and much more. Abundance of open air restaurants and cafes create a welcome ambience.
The aviary Xaman-Ha has many interesting and rare species of birds from the area. It's well worth a visit and maybe your only chance to see toucans and pink flamingos. There is a large 'cageless' habitat where the birds can be observed as if they were in their natural setting. It's a great little outing for the whole family that is close by, easy, and self-paced. Mornings and afternoons are best for bird watching.
This and many more properties are available for home exchange through IVHE!
South Island 3 bedroom house exchange – lovingly cared for and fully equipped with everything to make your stay a comfortable, cozy one. Each bedroom has its own private bath. The living space is open and inviting with gas fireplaces and underfloor heating. You can cook gourmet or casual in a quality chef’s kitchen, or grill outdoors in a large entertaining area.
A Jeep Cherokee 4x4 comes with this house for you to use. What a pleasure to have a car at your disposal. Queenstown township is only a five minute drive down the hill, but a car will also come in handy for exploring the beautiful surroundings.
This home swap property overlooks crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains. The scenery is right out of a “Hobbits” movie. In fact, several scenes from Middle-Earth were filmed at nearby locations. Breathtaking scenery is just one of many things that make Queenstown one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations.
Queenstown is New Zealand’s Adventure Central. With its mountains come skiing, climbing, and hiking. With its lakes and rivers come jet boating, white water rafting, swimming, scenic cruises, and year ‘round fishing. And with its bridges spanning deep ravines comes bungee jumping. The world’s first bungee jump was made off Kawerau Bridge; and the highest in the Southern Hemisphere is here, the 134-metre Nevis Bungee Jump.
If throwing yourself off a sky high platform head first with bungee cord tied around your ankles sounds way less than interesting, there’s always golf. Five courses are within 10 -15 minutes drive.
When your day of adventure and sport ends, an evening of wining, dining, and entertainment awaits in Queenstown. Whatever dish you select at any of Queenstown’s wonderful restaurants, be sure to pair it with one of the locally-produced wines. There are 80 vineyards in the area that produce award winning wines made from grape varieties such as the pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot, and riesling. Pinot noir is the most acclaimed.
Queenstown is a perfect vacation destination, and the accommodations you’ll get with this exchange house cannot be beat for comfort and convenience.
For more information on this property, click the link above. For details on membership in the International Vacation Home Exchange and its money-saving vacation opportunities, visit us at www.ivhe.com.