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!
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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.
Marco Island is one of the “Ten Thousand Islands” on the sunset side of southern Florida. Actually, Marco Island is the biggest and only developed island in a cluster of hundreds, not thousands, of islands, bays and creeks. Accessible by two bridges, Marco Island is a boating and fishing paradise with beautiful sandy beaches and unspoiled parks.
Everglades City, about 30 miles east, is the western gateway to the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. -- Everglades National Park. The western coast of the park and hundreds of uninhabited islands are accessible only by boat. The park offers primitive camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, picnic grounds, and nature trails. Visitors can observe alligators, tropical wading birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Canoe trips and airboat rides are also available.
The U.S. National Park Service offers this helpful website to assist you in planning your visit to the Everglades: www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/
Your island retreat house is located close to the beach and about an eight-minute drive to golf courses, marinas, restaurants and supermarkets. It sits on a quiet cul-de-sac and is adjacent to a wide, peaceful canal. You can rent a boat at the Marco River Marina, sail it up the canal to this property, and dock it behind the house. When you are ready for fishing or exploring other islands in the “Ten Thousand,” just step outside your door; your boat will be waiting.
This home is layed out like homes in the tropics should be, with a swimming pool and screened-in terrace as the focal point. Each of the three bedrooms has direct access to the pool area. The spacious living room and open fully-equipped kitchen also have a full view of the pool. And the terrace/lanai area invites dining al fresco with a barbecue grill and a table seating up to six.
The house is split level with ceiling fans throughout, including the terrace. The bathroom is sleek, modern, with a garden tub and a walk-in shower.
Find out more about it, and see pictures, by clicking the property # above. If you own a vacation rental property and would like to find out what the International Vacation Home Exchange can do for you, check us out at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.
Four-bedroom downtown house swap close to everything – Updated 2,000-square foot brick home in the eclectic 9th & 9th district, one mile from the center of downtown Salt Lake City. This is a charming older part of town that is pedestrian friendly and home to a variety of art galleries, clothing shops, salons, restaurants and coffee shops. A 24-hour supermarket is two blocks away from the house.
With these conveniences in the neighborhood, plus the nightlife and cultural attractions available in greater Salt Lake, staying in this downtown house on a vacation makes good sense; especially if it’s a ski vacation, since major ski areas – including Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude and Park City – are only a half hour away. Skiers and snowboarders flock to this area for its deep, dependable, dry, light powder snow -- one big reason the 2002 Winter Olympics came here.
A trip to Salt Lake City would not be complete without seeing The Great Salt Lake, just 16 miles to the northwest of the city. It is the second saltiest lake in the world and is approximately 75 miles long and 35 miles wide. Millions of migratory birds drop in for a visit on a regular basis. With scenic drives and great parks along its shore – plus historic sites and viewing areas for watching wildlife and amazing sunsets over the lake -- tourists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts are drawn to this amazing lake as well.
This house is a home, not a ski chalet or condo. Its furnishings are old and new. Antiques collected from the hosts’ travels around the world share the living room with a deluxe reclining massage chair and family-friendly furniture.
Two bedrooms each have a queen-size bed; the other two each have a double bed. There is also a bunk bed for the kids and a pull-out sofa for your bachelor brother in law.
In the back yard, there’s a large, private hot tub to soak away the soreness from skiing or dancing or shopping or sightseeing or just to soak for no reason at all.
There is a great entertainment room with a 50-inch plasma TV and a gym-quality elliptical machine to pump while you watch TV or a DVD; and plenty of books to read and Wii games to play.
The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking your favorite dishes or serving take-away. A large table in the dining room seats up to 10 people.
See more pictures and find out more about this Salt Lake home by clicking this link. If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, visit us at www.ivhe.com/how-it-works and find out what it can mean to you in wonderful vacations at exceptional savings.
Chicago is so big, its people so diverse, its things to see and do and taste and smell and hear so varied, it invites exploration by the truly adventurous. And one needs more than a weekend to do it. It’s the third largest city in the U.S. and ranks among world leaders in finance, commerce, and cultural institutions. More than 9.5 million people live in its metro area, otherwise known as Chicagoland.
Chicago, by the inland sea that is Lake Michigan, has survived Indian attacks, a devastating fire, epidemics, riots, political corruption, bootlegger turf wars, and hard economic times. Chicago, city of the broad shoulders, has always bounced back and prospered.
In 2013, the readers of “Conde Nast Traveler” chose Chicago as one of the "Top Ten Cities in the United States" to visit for its restaurants, skyscrapers, museums, and waterfront.
Chicago has a vast number of excellent restaurants, many on Fodor’s and Zagat’s top-picks lists. They represent a global melting pot of flavors. But what foods do Chicagoans line up to get? -- deep-dish pizza, hot dogs with tomato and pickle in the garnish (no ketchup), and Garrett’s nutty caramel crisp popcorn.
The waterfront is a treasured part of the Chicago scene. Eighteen miles of it – the Chicago Lakefront Trail -- is a path dedicated to walking and cycling. It connects beaches and points of interest along the path, one of the most popular being the Navy Pier.
Navy Pier juts out from the shoreline for 3,300 feet. A top tourist attraction, Navy Pier offers theaters, museums, amusement-park rides (including a 148 ft. high Ferris wheel and a musical carousel), restaurants, and docks for boat rides and sightseeing cruises.
Chicago has an abundance of green space. – over 7,300 acres of municipal park land. Of the 552 parks in the system, Lincoln Park, the largest, covers 1,200 acres and has over 20 million visitors annually. Millennium Park is one of the newer ones. It sits entirely on top of a railroad yard and parking garages and is considered the largest rooftop garden in the world. It is not only a green space, but also a showcase for art, theater, and music and dance performances. It has pavilions, plazas and promenades to add to a delightful visit.
Many of Chicago’s museums and galleries are devoted to special interests, such as Chicago history, contemporary art, nature, broadcast communications, military, architecture, and science and industry. Ethnic museums feature Greek, Polish, Oriental, and African American subjects, to name a few. Other than the Louvre in Paris, The Art Institute of Chicago holds the most number of Impressionist paintings. The Field Museum is home to the largest, best preserved T-Rex fossil ever discovered, and a jewel collection with a 5,890-caret Chalmerz topaz.
Excellent Chicago theater companies offer a variety of dramatic and performing arts productions, as well as Broadway-style entertainment and modern improvisational theater. And, of course, there is the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Music genres other than classical are alive and well – blues, soul, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, rock, new age – all part of Chicago’s cultural heritage. Night life swings in Chicago.
The owners of your vacation-home-exchange condo call it, “A great place to enjoy a great city.” Check it out and you’ll agree.
From it, you can walk to the lakefront, major museums, parks, and many cool bars and restaurants. Public transportation is nearby for easy access to the Navy Pier and other attractions.
Stylishly modern, this condo has two comfortable bedrooms, each with a view of Lake Michigan. The floor plan is open and bright; all the home entertainment electronics -- plus I-Pod hook up and free wi-fi – are there. And the kitchen is fully equipped, ready for you to whip up your favorites or a batch of those Chicago-style hot dogs (you can do it on the sun deck BBQ grills, if you prefer).
For more information on this wonderful condo in Chicago, click the property # link above. To learn more about the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.
Providenciales, the most populous island in the Turks and Caicos, did not take off as a tourist destination until 1984 when the island’s first large hotel and casino complex opened. Awareness of the island’s spectacular beaches and coral reefs began to spread among beachcombers and scuba divers. Providenciales was ranked the best beach destination in the world by TripAdvisor in 2011, and world-class divers raved about the miles of beautiful coral reefs close to shore. Today it is the most tourist-oriented of the islands and boasts many resorts hotels, luxury condos, and an 18-hole golf course.
Five-mile long Grace Bay is the primary location for resorts on Providenciales. Your International Vacation Home Exchange condo is here, overlooking Grace Bay in all its 5-Star-Resort glory.
The beaches, a pool, sailing and boating are available on the property, as well as tennis courts, shops, restaurants, and a health club. Scuba diving is a five-minute walk away. Fishing charters and a golf course are a 10-15 minute drive.
Your home swap condo has 3,000 square feet of space and features three spacious bedrooms, three and a half baths, a full kitchen, living room and dining room, plus a large balcony overlooking the turquoise water of the Bay.
There are many opportunities for sightseeing beyond your resort compound. Osprey Rock and Sapodilla Hill have remnants of pirates of the Caribbean and the ruins of a 1790 plantation built by British loyalists. The western half of Providenciales is home to the Chalk Sound National Park -- a bay three miles long with water a spectacular uniform turquoise color and studded with small islets. The Northwest Point Marine National Park is not far away and covers nearby reefs as well as saline lakes that attract breeding and migrant waterfowl.
To find out more about this Turks and Caicos exclusive home exchange retreat, click the property # above. Properties such as this are available to members of the International Vacation Home Exchange through direct swaps or a flexible system of credits. Learn more by exploring this site further at WHO WE ARE and HOW HOME EXCHANGE WORKS.
Copenhagen could be called a water world. It’s the capital city of a country that lies between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The Danish Straits link the two seas and Copenhagen straddles two islands in the straits. The two islands are laced together with five bridges creating a splendid city with a metro population of almost two million people. Maritime commerce may have defined Copenhagen at one time, but today it is considered to be a major economic and financial center for the whole Scandinavian-Baltic region. And a great place to visit.
This vacation home exchange property is centrally located on the harbor front district of one of Copenhagen’s islands – Amager – with lovely views overlooking the water. The district is known as Islands Brygge, which has nothing to do with being another island. In English, it means “Iceland Wharf,” which harkens back to the days when commercial ships sailing to and from Iceland, a former Danish colony, docked in this area. After a series of land reclamations and redevelopment, Island Brygge has become a fashionable and very pleasant neighborhood. Its architecture is a mix of old and new. Many buildings from its shipping-dock days have been preserved and converted to cool cafes, restaurants, and shops
Havneparkent, a neighborhood waterfront park in Islands Brygge, is a lively spot popular with tourists. In addition to being a fun place to stroll and enjoy open-air concerts in the summer, the park is also home to the Island Brygge Cultural Centre and the Island Brygge Harbour Bath. The Bath is one of four recreational bathing facilities along the waterfront in Copenhagen. There are also several recreational beaches on the islands’ edges.
The apartment is within walking distance of the city center, museums, galleries, and Tivoli Gardens, a landmark attraction in Copenhagen. Tivoli is over 170 years old and is the world’s second oldest amusement park. It offers the usual mild-to-wild rides for children, but there’s a lot more to it -- live music every day, fireworks every Saturday, concerts by well-known international artists, plus several nice restaurants and dessert places (Danish pastry, anyone?).
You also have easy access, either on foot or via convenient public transportation, to Copenhagen’s famous palaces and castles, botanical garden and zoo, The Royal Danish Theater, The National Museum, and the 1.1 km pedestrian shopping street, Stroget, with retailers from big brands to budget. It’s fun to just window shop, if you prefer, and enjoy a variety of street performers.
This apartment is new, modern, with floor to ceiling windows in the living room and kitchen and fantastic views of the harbor and city.
All the home entertainment electronics – including a Bose sound system and a PlayStaytion3 –are there for rainy days or relaxing evenings at home.
When it comes to meal time, you can cook in a fully-equipped kitchen, on a gas grill, or walk out of the building and down the street to a variety of restaurants.
This apartment will add coziness and convenience to your Copenhagen holiday. Find out more about it, and see pictures, by clicking the property # above.
If you are a vacation home owner and are not familiar with the International Vacation Home Exchange, click ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS for more information.
The American Gulf Coast went about its way for years quietly building and developing first rate resorts and playgrounds. The allure of its turquoise-blue water and sugar-white sand beaches, outstanding fishing, restaurants and nightlife was well known in the southern U.S. It was not until Hurricane Katrina struck in August, 2005, and the worst oil-spill disaster in U.S. history in April, 2010, that the the Gulf coast really caught the attention of the rest of the country and the world. Those were negative impressions, but with them came a worldwide wish for hope and healing for the region and a curiosity to see what this part of the U.S. really had to offer the vacationer.
Tourists now flock to the area in ever increasing numbers, not disappointed in what they find -- including many vacation home exchange properties. This charming home exchange is one of those. It’s on Ono Island, a slender stretch of land about 5.5 miles long bordered on the north by the Intracoastal Waterway and on its south by Old River. The west Florida border is a hop, skip and a jump away. A single bridge links the island with West Pensacola, FL and provides restricted access to keep its quiet streets quiet, its biking and jogging easy, and its beach combing a little less crowded.
This property has its own pier and dock where you can moor a boat, go fishing, or just sit and soak in the tranquil view. A small refrigerator is located in a storage room on the dock so you don’t have to trudge back up to the house for another snack or beverage, perhaps missing seeing a dolphin cruise by.
Two kayaks come with this exchange, ready to launch from the dock for an exploration of islands about 300 yards away..
Views from the open kitchen, dining area, and great room of the house are as beautiful as they are from the dock.The great room and two of the bedrooms open out onto a large porch, which has additional seating and a Green Egg for grilling.
Nearby in Alabama, the coastal towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer charter fishing, boat and wave runner rentals, diving charters, dolphin cruises, bicycle rentals, and championship golf courses. Plus there's a variety of shopping opportunities, restaurants and night spots.
Many of the beaches along the Alabama coast are nesting areas for loggerhead sea turtles. From approximately May 1 to June 15, these areas are marked, patroled and monitored by conservation volunteers as a safeguard against predators and careless people. If you are near a nesting area, remember it’s a nursury. Do not disturb. If you are there when the hatchlings emerge from their sandy nest and scamper toward the ocean, it’s one of nature’s truly amazing sights to see. Ask a volunteer about the rules for observing, or maybe even assisting the babies in finding their way to the water.
For more information on this wonderful beachhouse, click the property # above. If you would like to find out more about possibly bringing your vacation home into the International Vacation Home Exchange family, explore this site further at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.