IVHE has helped us connect with fellow members across the world. My partner and I thoroughly recommend joining IVHE as it is 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.
Gary and Wendy V #0566
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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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.
Everything you’ve been told to do or see in Scotland’s capital city is down the street or around the corner from this old merchant’s house apartment. It is centrally located in a section called New Town, which isn’t so new considering It was built between 1765 and 1850, but it’s newer than Old Town, which is right next door and medieval to the core. Both towns were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995.
New Town has retained much of its charming Georgian architecture, reflected in this apartment building dating back to 1820. It sits on a lovely, leafy Square in a quiet New Town neighborhood. But down the street and around the corner are historical and cultural attractions, great shopping, excellent restaurants and cafes, and fun bars.
The Royal Mile is not too far away. It runs through the middle of Old Town and connects the iconic Edinburgh Castle and the grandiose Palace of Holyroodhouse. Other places to visit along or near the Mile are the Scottish Storytelling Centre, St. Giles’ Cathedral, the ulttra-modern Scottish Parliament building, and the National Museum of Scotland. A few scenic green spaces add to the interest.
A few minutes' walk from the Royal Mile and the National Museum is the Grassmarket, a vibrant area that was once a medieval market place. The architecture in Grassmarket, and the stunning views of the castle, still give it a medieval feel, but the vibe is decidely modern with lively pubs, restaurants, and eclectic shops. Grassmarket is a favorite of tourists and locals alike.
The Scotch Whisky Experience is a great place to wind up a day of exploring and sightseeing. A tour takes you through the Scotch whiskey-making process and includes a wee bit of a sample. And you can enoy a delicious three-course meal there as well.
The Edinburgh International Festival is a fabulous reason to visit the city in August. It is really many events in one. The overriding event, the International Festival, brings international artists together for performances in classical music, theater, opera and dance. Plus, it showcases the works of visual artists from across the globe.
Included in the festivities is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which takes in many stages all over the city and presents an eclectic variety of shows. Performances from recognizable celebrities to unknown up-and-coming artists include comedy, physical theatre, cabaret, musicals, operas, modern music, and the spoken word.
Perhaps the most stirring event within the Festival is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Military bands with bagpipers – from the British Armed Forces, The Commonwealth and other international countries – perform on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle at sunset. The sound of massed pipers at the end, with fireworks going off overhead, is unforgettable.
Put Edinburgh on your “must visit” list. And check out this wonderful apartment in the heart of the city as a place to stay. Click the property # above for more information. If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore the exciting possibilities by clicking WHO WE ARE and HOW IT WORKS.
Every good wine has its day of popularity. In recent years, the hottest wine has been Malbec from Argentina. Some of the mightiest Malbecs come from the Uco Valley, about 50 miles south of the city of Mendoza. Your home exchange villa is nestled in this valley of vineyards.
The Uco Valley sits at the foot of the the snow-covered Andes Mountains. The rich alluvial soil of the valley grows choice varietals of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot that result in wines with intense aromas and rich flavors. Over 100 wineries – corporate or family-owned -- call this peaceful valley home.
Touring the “bodegas” and tasting fabulous wine is a must for any visitor to the region. You can take an organized bus tour that takes in two-six bodegas in a day. Or take the hardier alternative -- a day-long guided tour of wineries by bicycle, with stops at olive oil farms and other interesting places. And, of course, independent tours in your rental car can take you on your personalized way at your own pace.
Touring by car gives you an opportunity to stop and browse in picturesque little towns or to pair your wine tour with an outdoor adventure, such as zip-lining or parasailing. For serious outdoor action, mountain trekking or hiking and white-water rafting are popular. From mid-June to October, skiing in this area is outstanding.
Mendoza, about an hour’s drive north, is well worth exploring for cultural and historical attractions, shopping, and entertainment. Most of the action takes place on the city’s five squares, or plazas, each with its own unique appeal.
The central square, Plaza Independencia, is green and grassy and perfect for leisurely strolling. Over 150 artisans display their wares here at a daily handicrafts market. Two of Mendoza’s best theaters are on the plaza’s surrounding streets. A pedestrian street, Avenida Sarmiento, runs east and west from Plaza Independencia and is lined with sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Historical attractions and architecture highlight Mendoza’s other plazas, and their bordering streets offer eclectic shopping and more restaurants and nightspots.
Whether exploring the wineries, the mountains, or the city of Mendoza, your villa in the valley is a perfect spot to recoup and relax. It is cozy, nicely appointed, and offers all the comforts of home, including internet and HD television.
See pictures of this villa and get more details by clicking the property # link above. Ask your host for information on winery and other tours available in the area. If you own a vacation rental home and are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, find out what our cashless system of credit-based exchanges can do for you. Check us out at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.
The host of this sunny condo is not only available to pick you up and return you to the airport, but he’s ready when you are to play tour guide. In a city of over a million people where street signs are sparse and traffic is not, leaving the driving to a local is not only convenient but also the best way to see the sights and take in the activities.
Your tour guide can probably tell you all about the Spanish Conquistadors who founded the city and about Morgan the Pirate who sacked and burned it. If he can’t tell you everything about the Panama Canal and its construction, he can at least take you to the Miraflores locks where you can watch it in action and learn its amazing story at the visitor’s center and museum. He probably also knows where the good restaurants and night spots are. And there are many.
Panama City has an impressive skyline of modern office towers and citadels of commerce, but it’s the old parts of town, the parts that go back to 1519 (Panama Viejo) and 1671 (Casco Viejo) that are the main tourist attractions, second to the Panama Canal. These two historic districts are listed in the registry of World Heritage Sites.
Panama Viejo was the first Spanish city founded on the Pacific coast of the Americas. A few of its domestic buildings and street patterns are still extant.
Casco Viejo has over 800 historical buildings in colonial and other architectural styles that reflect the city’s past and the diversity that built its character. The National Theater (founded in 1908) is also here as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Your vacation-home-exchange condo is located in Punta Pacifica -- one of Panama City’s most exclusive residential areas. The neighborhood contains a hospital affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Memorial Hospital, shops (including a mall with a 12-screen theater), restaurants, and supermarkets all within walking distance.
You can relax in the living room with cable TV, DVD player, and CD player; or on a terrace with your morning coffee, or beside a large outdoor swimming pool that invites sunbathers. Children have another smaller pool all to themselves.
This cozy, convenient condo is a perfect base for your Panama vacation. You may even want to explore the idea of living here. Many American and European expats and retirees have found the wonderful weather, low cost of living and welcoming people reasons enough to call Panama home.
For more information on this condo, click the link above. If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, check us out at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.
#0619: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur – Elegant four bedroom villa just outside St. Paul de Vence; minutes from Nice, Cannes and The Riviera
Take a trip back in time to a medieval village perched on a hillside and fortified by an imposing stone wall. The narrow winding streets are filled with happy medieval shoppers. Now, peek over the wall. An invading army is storming the gates, and the tranquil pine and lavender-scented air is suddenly filled with screams and flying boulders.
Okay, cut. Fast forward to today. The village is Saint-Paul-de-Vence, or St. Paul, in Southeastern France. It is perfectly preserved, looking much as it did in the Middle Ages. No cars are allowed. It’s still filled with happy shoppers, but now they browse through art galleries and studios and pause for espresso. And if you peek over the wall today, you’ll see a peaceful, exclusive residential neighborhood. Here is where you’ll find your vacation home exchange property -- a magnificent stone villa.
Located inland a few miles from Nice and the French Riviera, this holiday exchange villa is luxury and quality all the way. It is decorated with custom-made furniture, wrought-iron work, and the owners’ marvelous collection of Venetian and Florentine art and antiques.
There are fireplaces in the living room and master suite, a piano in the hall, and a garden adorned with fountains and unique pieces of artwork.
With over 300 days of sunshine annually, Provence is ideal for outdoor living. In addition to a charming garden, this villa has a tennis court and an infinity swimming pool, an outdoor dining room (with wet bar and fridge) seating up to 12, and a barbecue and wood-burning oven for fresh baked bread or pizza.
Each of the bedrooms has a private en-suite bathroom; the master has a double size Jacuzzi tub. Housekeeping services are provided every other day. Linens and towels changed every week.
Large tables seat up to 10 in the dining room and kitchen. An exceptional staff is available to shop, cook, and serve lunch and dinner for an extra charge. If you prefer dining out, excellent restaurants are within a five-minute drive.
This luxurious home-exchange villa has it all. For pictures and more information, click the property link above.
If you are not sure what the International Vacation Home Exchange is all about or how it works, explore this site further. If you own a vacation rental property, you’ll be glad you did!
The coastal town of Mandurah, an hour south of Perth, is no longer the small fishing village it was a few years ago. Nestled along the shores of the Peel-Harvey Estuary, Mandurah draws Perthians and tourists alike to year ‘round attractions, recreational activities, events and entertainment fun.
A lot of the action is centered on a large modern marina on the shores of beautiful Mandjar Bay. Here you’ll find boardwalk cafes, cruise boat rides, restaurants and bars, shopping (from resort wear to souvenirs), and much more. The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is also here with the best of performing and visual arts in the Peel Region.
You can hire a boat, kayak or jet-ski and explore the waterways, or hire a deep-sea fishing charter and explore sport fishing as you never have before. The local beaches are great for surfing, or just for relaxing and listening to the surf and sea birds.
The most important event each year is the Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest in honor of the delectable Blue Manna Crab (Portunus pelagicus). it’s a seafood extravaganza, for sure, but a lot more. Over 130,000 people come in March to enjoy live entertainment, crab cooking demonstrations, market stalls, regional wine tastings, water ski and wake-boarding competition, art shows, fun-filled children’s activities, and a spectacular fireworks show to wrap it all up. It’s free and all are welcomed. For more information, visit: www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/crabfest.htm.
Mandurah’s vibrant coastal lifestyle is the perfect setting for your holiday home exchange in Western Australia. This spacious beachfront exchange house is architect-designed for comfort and a relaxed lifestyle. It is located in the new North Harbour of the Mandurah Marina precinct overlooking Comet Bay, where pods of dolphins and pleasure boats cruise the tranquil water.
The kitchen is fully equipped, ready for your home-cooked crab dinner. The dining area seats eight, so get lots of crab. Better yet, move outside to a huge balcony to cook your crab on a built-in BBQ grill.
The lounge has an LCD TV and all the electronic devices for home entertainment.
The master bedroom is practically its own separate apartment. It has a queen-size bed, stunning ensuite bathroom, TV, bar fridge, and appliances to brew tea or coffee.
Find out more about this exceptional vacation home exchange by clicking the property # above. If you are not familiar with the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore the holiday flexibility and money-saving benefits it offers. Click ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.
This is the only way to stay in Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America! With a population of some 13 million, Buenos Aires is the second largest metropolitan area on the continent, next to Greater Sao Paulo. Its European heritage is evident in its architecture and fondness for sidewalk cafes. The cultural life in Buenos Aires is rich and dynamic. More theaters are concentrated here than in any other place in the world. First-class museums, galleries, and shopping abound. As the birthplace of the tango, romantic restaurants and Hernando’s Hideaways are easy to find.
Among the many unique old neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Palermo Soho is one of the hippest. It is a section of the Palermo barrio, the largest and greenest in the metro. In recent years, Palermo Soho has become a neighborhood for trendy fashion, design, restaurants, cafes, bars, crafts fairs, and street culture. The vibe is “alternative,” which makes it popular with both yuppy and young bohemian Argentines, as well as foreign tourists.
From the spectacular penthouse triplex you’ll call home during your visit, you can easily walk to Palermo Soho, to the lush Botanical Gardens Park, or to fresh fruit stands, open air cafes, bookstores, artist studios and workshops, bars, restaurants, and shops.
This home exchange penthouse was custom designed on the upper three floors of a quiet building to take advantage of natural light. It has a contemporary feel yet is very warm with hardwood floors, colorful artwork, and stylish furniture.
A roof-top sun terrace gives you a private space to bask in the sun or to enjoy cool breezes and city lights at night. While you’re at it, throw a famous Argentine steak on the BBQ grill and uncork a bottle of Argentine wine. Ah, livin’ la vida loca!
In addition to spacious furnishings in the living-dining area, you can enjoy a flat screen TV, DVD player, HiFi system, WiFi internet access, and air conditioning.
The kitchen is modern, light, and fully equipped. Along with the living-dining area, it is on the first floor.
There are two bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor, each with unique decorations, color schemes, bedspreads, artwork and lighting; queen bed in the master, double bed in the second bedroom. The third bedroom, on the third floor, has a double bed and work/study area with desk and chair.
Don’t let the Argentine summer go by without booking this luxurious home exchange condo in Buenos Aires. Click the link above for more information.
If you own a vacation rental property and your occupancy rate is not where you would like it to be, consider offering your place for no money -- that’s the international Vacation Home Exchange way. As a host, you would be paid in credits, not cash – credits that you in turn can use when you take on the role of guest at your choice of hundreds of outstanding properties around the world. Bottom line, you save thousands on vacation travel. Find out more at www.ivhe.com.