Phone Verified Member
We personally call and talk
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Passport, Driving Licence or equivalent
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Copy of Utility bill or equivalent
Member has exchanged / traded
The support from the IVHE team was superb.
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 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!
Sommer 04 Jul 2013 #0699
For those looking for direct swaps only.
Swap as many times as you like for free.
Phone verified members
ID verified members
Property verified members
Tailor our exchange agreement to suit you.
No limit on the number of properties you can list.
Get to know your hosts and guests.
For second / vacation home owners looking for the freedom of choosing locations without the ties of a direct home swap
Tailored home exchange agreement
4* Star Verification
Secure member to member communication
Plus the following:
Benefit of flexible scheduling with more destinations.
Participate in our unique Prime Time program and get credits to use from day one.
You have a personal travel coordinator to find & organize your luxury home exchanges.
Additional benefits and even more personal service to save you time and plan a perfect vacation.
Whatever life brings in the way of your vacation, your credits are protected.
Looking for the best restaurants or things to see and do? Let our Travel researcher help you!
Ability to buy top up credits if you don't quite have enough.
Option of only receiving requests from ID verified home exchange members.
Save time and let our listing team set up your property for you.
IVHE Home Exchange supports Mercy Corps.
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.
Mercy Corps look for innovation that creates major breakthroughs against poverty and create lasting change. For information on Mercy Corps visit www.mercycorps.org.uk or www.mercycorps.org
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.
We couldn't do this without your support - your geneorsity really does change lives!THANK YOU.
You will love to home swap with IVHE. Join International Vacation Home Exchange
If there is one thing you look forward to in a trip to Italy it’s the food. But Italian cuisine is certainly not one-size-fits-all. Regional specialties are as varied as the Italian landscape; however, there is one region whose food is venerated by the culinary cognoscenti above all other – Emilia-Romagna in Tuscany. This fertile region between the Po River and the Appennines slopes gently to the east and the Adriatic Sea. This is where picturesque farms on rolling hills produce voluptuous fruit and vegetables and contented farm animals, where vineyards and wineries thrive, and cheesemaking is a centuries-old art. This is the region that brought us Parmigian-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, bolognese sauce, tortellini and Prosciutto di Parma, to name but a few Italian culinary classics.
Your IVHE vacation home exchange in this gastronomic heaven is close to Bologna, the capital and largeste city in Emilia-Romagna. Some 380,000 people live in this historic city, famous, of course, for its fabulous food, but also for the oldest university in the Western world, a lively student population, brick terracotta-roofed architecture and porticos, museums, cultural attractions, and nightlife. It has one of the largest and best preserved historic centers in Italy.
If you are a devoted foodie who loves real Italian food and flavor, you can take cooking classes at the Culinary Institute of Bologna and learn – with hands-on experience – cooking techniques and how to work with authentic recipes that will elevate you to new heights in your own kitchen. It’s enjoyable and fun, plus you get to eat what you create, with a glass of wine, of course. For class details and schedules, click here: http://cookingclassesinbologna.com
Your villa is perfect for a gathering of family or friends. Six large bedrooms can accommodate up to 12 people. It has three bathrooms, one with a jacuzzi. The villa also features a full-equipped gym with sauna, a spacious living room, and an activity room with a large plasma TV, home cinema, and an eight-foot pool table. The interior is tastefully furnished in a pleasing mix of Italian classic and contemporary styles. The kitchen is fully-equipped and spotlights a large dining room table.
A unique feature of this exclusve home exchange villa is a viewing tower on the second floor. It offers a panoramic vista of the gorgeous countryside as well as a bird’s eye view of the villa’s landscaped garden, patios and small vineyard.
Find out more about staying in Emilia-Romagna in grand style. Click the property # above for details.
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.
Make your home exchange guests feel at home with Local knowledge: One of the great things about home exchange is getting local knowledge, leaving a folder with this information can be invaluable to a newbie to the area. A fabulous way to welcome your new guest is to share your favourite restaurants, cafes, shops etc, recommendations will get your home swap guest's vacation off to a flying start. Knowing what public transport options there are, a time table for them comes in very handy for city breaks where cars really are not such a good idea.
If driving are there some great hidden parking options that outsiders would not normally know about? Any other driving tips?
If a guest is arriving from a different country they may not know the difference in price and quality of different shops/supermarkets. Let them know about local farmers markets, what days they are on and where, are they worth going to is all great information to share.
Also useful are ideas for days out close to home; are there boat trips, boat hire, horse riding, hidden gems to see? Any information from a local is always appreciated.
Having useful contacts such as local hospital, dentist, pharmacy, doctors and plumbers and contact details of a local, maybe a neighbour or your agent in case of an emergency, are all important contact to share with your home swap guests.
You only need to type it out once in your word, save it so you can always update and print with minimal effort and would be an easy document to attach to an email in advance to your home exchange guests so they can make some plans in advance. All of the above should be at hand in the property in your general folder for your guests.
Home exchanging is a great way to save lots of money and experiencing different cultures and stepping into someone else's world!. For more information on exchanges please visit www.ivhe.com to see a stunning selection of properties available for home exchange.