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.
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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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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.
Some vacations are passive – taking in the sights and sounds and smells and flavors of a place without requiring any special skills, physical exertion or risk. Other vacations are active or adventurous – requiring participation, physical activity, or engaging with nature in some way. In the spectacularly beautiful Queenstown area of New Zealand’s South Island, you can have it either way or a little of each.
Queenstown is a Mecca for adventure tourists. Set on a lake with magnificent mountains in the background, Queenstown draws people from around the world for mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining, paragliding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, snowboarding, year ‘round fishing, or just about any activity that will produce an adrenalin rush. Between 25 June and 20 September, the most popular activity is, of course, downhill skiing.
The Remarkables, a mountain range clearly visible from Queenstown, has a ski field with three mountain bowls covering 540 acres. The Coronet Peak ski area is in the Remarkables range and is just 18 kilometers from Queenstown.
Treble Cone, the largest ski area on the South Island, boasts the longest vertical rise in the district. It offers exciting intermediate and advanced runs along with spectacular views. Treble Cone is a 90 minute drive from Queenstown.
The population of Queenstown is around 17,000, yet it offers vacationers more than they would expect in larger towns. It has two casinos with restaurants, bars, live music and other events. It has art galleries, museums and a weekly crafts market; restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining; lively clubs and pubs, and cozy wine bars featuring excellent locally-produced wines. Queenstown also boasts an interntional airport with excellent service to the rest of New Zealand and Australia.
For more information on things to do and see in Queenstown, go to www.queenstownz.co.nz/
Your International Vacation Home Exchange accommodation in Queenstown is called Belfast Retreat -- a modern four bedroom, two and a half bath house with 220 meters of living space. The house sits on a hill overlooking Queenstown, which is a short 15-minute down-hill walk away. Unless you’re the active, physical type of vacationer, you may want to consider taking a cab to get back home. The vertical rise is about 130 meters.
The views are incredible from your terrace, looking down the lake and across the water to the mountains on the other side. The terrace also has a four-person spa with wooden decking and an open fireplace.
There is another fireplace in the main living room, and a spa bath in the en-suite bathroom of the master. The house is well appointed yet family friendly. With a bunk bed and trundle for the kids, it can comfortably sleep 7-9 people.
The kitchen is fully-equipped and the house also comes with a clothes washer and dryer.
See pictures and learn more about this wonderful house swap with lake and mountain views in Queenstown. Click the property # above. To find out more about the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.
Georgia’s coastline isn’t very long. But its historic seaside cities and barrier islands offer some of the best vacation spots in the South. St. Simons Island is one of those.
Its pristine beaches stretch for hundreds of yards at low tide. Fishing – from a pier or deep-sea charter boat -- always yields an abundant catch. Grouper, snapper, Spanish mackerel, cobia, redfish, sea bass, flounder, tarpon, shark or king mackerel are some of the species you can expect to reel in.
Fort Frederica, St. Simons Lighthouse and Christ Church are interesting to explore and to gain an historical perspective of Colonial and Civil War-era Georgia.
There are three golf clubs on the island and a total of 234 holes of golf in the immediate area.
Many people will tell you, however, that the best thing about St. Simons is its wonderful seafood restaurants, ranging from casual to fine-dining.
Your home exchange property on St. Simons is a superbly restored house that started out as three cottages in 1892. In 1923, the cottages were floated down the Atlantic and reassembled at its present location as one structure. The location gives you an ocean view and close proximity to town and the Pier Village. The Village is the main commercial center of the island featuring shopping, dining and recreational activities including a public fishing pier.
With about 1500 square feet of living space on a single level, this vacation house has three bedrooms, four baths and can sleep up to nine people. The house still has its original hardwood flooring and bead board walls. A claw foot tub that came with the house is still there. There is a 330 sq. ft. porch for rockin’ and relaxin’ Georgia style. The historic charm is further enhanced with comfortable antiques and high-quality upholstery, but not at the expense of the laid-back life style of St. Simons Island.
Click the property # above for more information on this charming Georgia house by the sea. And to find out more about the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further at WHO WE ARE and how home exchange works.
If the time has finally come to take the family to Walt Disney World, here’s a place to stay that is conveniently located, full of great amenities, and won’t cost you a Goofy red cent (if you’re an IVHE member, that is).
This home may not be Cinderella’s castle, but she wouldn’t mind if it were. It’s a luxury vacation house, totally geared for families -- mom and dad, kids, grandparents, even the family dog -- and its so close to Disney World you can see their nightly fireworks show from your private pool and spa. Universal Studios and Sea World are just minutes away as well.
The kids will love their play area. It has a table and chairs and a big assortment of toys and games, and a Disney video library with many favorites to choose from. When it’s time for jammies and bed, they can crash on twin beds in one room, bunk beds (a twin over a full) in the other, and cover up with sheets, pillows and comforters in Disney-character designs.
For toddlers and smaller children, there’s a Pack ‘n Play Crib, a Play Station 2, two high chairs, two strollers, and a baby monitor.
Adults will get an enchanted night’s sleep on king-size beds in two master bedrooms, each with a private bath.
A fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer are at your disposal. The house also comes with all you need for keeping in touch with the office and for home-entertaining – fax, Internet access, WiFi, cable TV, VCR, video and DVD libraries.
Disney World has something for everyone. Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney is made for live music, great dining, dancing, and cold drinks that come with an olive or a twist instead of a Donald Duck straw. Just head for Pleasure Island with the kids in tow and drop them off at a Children's Activity Center in one of the Disney Resort hotels. You do not have to be a guest at the hotel. It’s a babysitting service like no other – safe, secure, and so much fun they won’t want to leave when you come to take them back to your home away-from-home.
For more information on this great vacation home away-from-home, click the link above. If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange and would like to find out more, visit us at www.ivhe.com.
Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is full of big surprises. When the pre-lenten carnival season rolls around, the celebration in Rio de Janeiro usually draws the spotlight. But the second most popular and internationally known carnival takes place on Tenerife. The Carnival is held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island, and attracts people from all over the world. More than five million tourists, including Carnival revelers, visit Tenerife every year.
Another big surprise is 12,198 feet tall and sits in the middle of the island like a sleeping giant. It's Mount Teide, the third largest volcano on the planet. Tenerife, and all of the Canary Islands, is a territory of Spain with a history going back to the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Guanches (related to the Berbers of North Africa). Historical and archaeological attractions are numerous. Sun, sand and surf activities are, of course popular. But taking an excursion coach trip to Teide National Park and seeing this stunning volcano is a must.
The landscape changes from forest, to alpine, to lunar-like as you drive up to the national park. The park actually begins at about 6,562 feet where you can take a cable car to the highest point of the peak. The views are spectacular. But you are not at the mouth of the volcano. To get there, guided walks, taking about six hours, are available. Needless to say, you need a fairly high level of endurance, warm clothes and appropriate footwear.
Like all islands of volcanic origin, Tenerife’s coastline is ruggedly beautiful and steep. But there are many amazing sand beaches as well, particularly along the south side of the island. Your vacation-home-exchange retreat is here in the family-friendly resort area of Playa de Fanabe.
When visitors to Playa de Fanabe aren’t playing in the water, lounging on the beach, or boarding boats for whale and dolphin watching, you're apt to see them on the beach promenade shopping, dining, socializing in cafes and bars, or just strolling in the sunshine.
Tenerife’s zoo, Loro Parque, is popular with kids of all ages. It houses an extensive and diverse collection of animals. Shows starring performing sea lions, dolphins, orcas, and parrots are staged throughout the day.
At the end of a busy day, your comfortable spacious home swap apartment awaits. Each of its three bedrooms has a king size bed. It’s air conditioned and wired for satellite TV and Internet. There is private and direct access to the pools from your terrace. If you prefer to lounge on the beach, it’s just a five minute walk away. The apartment is serviced (cleaned) daily.
A good ski trip is not just about shushing down manicured runs on majestic mountain sides. It also means staying in a cozy chalet near a quaint little village that offers other fun things to do and see to round out a winter holiday. Fernie, in the southeast corner of British Columbia, is just such a place. And the Home Exchange chalet nearby doesn’t come any cozier.
The chalet is located in the Elk River Valley between Fernie and the Fernie Alpine Ski Resort, a five minute drive to both. The area is known for the highest annual snowfall in the Rockies (almost 29 feet) and for its amazing powder skiing, making the Fernie Alpine Ski Resort one of the top five resorts in Canada.
This two-story timber-framed end-unit chalet is a great place to come home to after an exciting day on the slopes. It has 1824 sq. ft. of space and mountain views from every window. The rear deck has a grill for barbecuing, and a hot tub for soaking, relaxing, and watching the sun set over the Lizard Range.
Inside, you can cuddle by a gas fireplace and enjoy an entertainment center for music and big-screen cable TV. High speed Internet service is also available. Slate floors in common areas have in-floor radiant heat. The kitchen is fully equipped and has a large island for informal seating. The official dining area seats 10.
The master bedroom has a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom, on the ground level, has a queen-size bed. The third bedroom is furnished with two bunk-bed sets, both with a double on the bottom and a twin on top. In all, 10 people can turn in at night and snooze in comfort.
There is also an enclosed heated garage with ski storage area and a full size washer/dryer.
When you feel like venturing into town for a night out in Fernie, there are plenty of places where you can raise a toast to the ski patrol, dine in casual or fine style, dance your buns off, or just dig on jazz tunes or country ballads.
For pictures and more information on this wonderful vacation exchange Fernie chalet, click the link above. And to find out more about the International Vacation Home Exchange and its cashless concept for vacationing in style around the world, visit us at www.ivhe.com!
This vacation home exchange condo is sunny, modern, cozy, fully equipped, and ground level. Amenities include two television sets, a sound system, and a heated pool. Conveniently located in the Lebourgneuf district of Quebec City with easy access to parks, walking and biking paths, a shopping mall, and several restaurants. Old Quebec City is just minutes away by car or bus (a bus stop is one block away).
Beautiful and historic, Quebec City is full of things to do and see year ‘round. But it really shines in the snow. Five major ski areas are not far from the condo. Ice skating is available for everyone on free, outdoor rinks erected by towns throughout Quebec. Needless to say, hockey is the most popular sport in Quebec
A not-to-be-missed event is the Carnaval du Quebec, the largest winter carnival in the world. Tourists flock to this seventeen-day festival to marvel at an enormous illuminated ice palace glistening like a crystal confection. There are night parades and fireworks, musical performances and ice skating shows, sporting events and snow-sculpture contests. It’s a giant party that’s fun for the whole family. The Carnaval takes place around the first two weeks of February every year. Hurry, book this featured IVHE property soon!
The king of summer festivities is St. Jean Baptiste Day, also known as Fête Nationale, held on June 24. It’s a time for fun in the sun with outdoor concerts, sports tournaments, parades and fireworks shows, public dances, and fun fairs.
At your home exchange condo, you can prepare and enjoy food at home. But eating out in Quebec City is a special treat. From haute-cuisine restaurants featuring classic French dishes to casual bistros and corner patisseries, you will not be disappointed. You will discover many traditional Quebec dishes featuring game meats, maple syrup, baked beans and potatoes done with a French flair. Perhaps the most popular specialty is a messy but delicious concoction of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds call poutine – a favorite of gourmets and late-night drunks alike.