Enjoy traveling around the globe on your terms! Choose from exclusive and luxury beach resorts, boutique hotels, ski chalets, golf locations, country houses, city apartments and even game lodges in safari parks for your next home exchange vacation.
It's easy to search for your next ideal vacation destination. You can select by country, number of bedrooms or even the type of activities you enjoy most such as golfing, skiing, hiking and walking, fishing, sailing or even scuba diving! You can use the search box above, or for a more advanced search, use the Full Search option.
Flexibility is important to us! Members of International Vacation Home Exchange, (IVHE.com) enjoy flexible home swap options via Direct exchanges (simultaneous) and/or Credits exchanges (non-simultaneous).
Direct (simultaneous) home exchanges often work best when your property is also your primary residence. When you are ready to travel, you make your home available to another IVHE member. For example, you and your spouse can enjoy Pierre and Valerie’s Paris apartment while they are sightseeing in San Francisco and staying at your townhouse in the city. IVHE members who chose direct swaps enjoy the comfort of another homeowner, just like them, enjoying a wonderful home while on vacation.
Credit Exchanges (or non-simultaneous trades), can be an ideal program for owners of second homes. The vacation home swap concept remains ingeniously simple: when an IVHE member stays at your property, you earn credits. You, at your leisure, then use your credits to ‘pay’ for a stay in any other member’s second home, saving thousands in accommodation costs. On average IVHE members save over $400 per night. See how it works.
Members enjoy the services of IVHE Travel Coordinators who help organise your trading vacation plans and assist in providing useful information about your vacation exchange destination. Hear what our members say about IVHE and luxury home swaps.
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Direct home exchange: Log into your secure member’s area, look though all the exclusive properties around the world, make contact with other owners via secure messaging, and start home swapping!
Credit trades to travel: Home exchange with credits is simple and works best for those who have more than one property. You earn credits when another member stays in your property; you then use those credits to stay in any other members' property. For example, you let Kate stay in your villa in the Caribbean. With the credits you earn, you stay in Will's ski chalet in Colorado and Will goes to Sara’s condo in Thailand, and so on..
Your home exchange / trade property has a credit value based on its potential Weekly Vacation Rental Value. The property does not need to be a rental home.
The Credit trade system is simple: $ 100 = 1 credit
$1,000 = 10 credits
$10,000= 100 credits and so on.
The number of credits needed is listed on each property page. This is for 7 nights accommodation unless otherwise stated in the property details. When there is a range of credits, this is usually based on seasonality or number of guests. For specific information please read the property page description or contact the International Vacation Home Exchange travel coordinator team.
Earning extra credits: Introduce us to new members and receive up to 5 free credits per referral (worth $500 of vacation time) and your friend (new person joining) will also receive up to 5 free credits. As an added bonus, when your friend (referral) trades the first time, you will also get another 50% of that trade's credit value. Hear from our IVHE members.
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Unique to International Vacation Home Exchange (IVHE) is our Credits system, it gives our group of members additional flexibility in choosing their next house swap. When another member stays in your vacation home you earn credits. You can then use the earned credits to stay in any of the other properties around the world. See what our members say about IVHE.
This removes the need to find another property to exchange with you at the same time and duration. You have the flexibility to choose when you want to travel and the size or type of property best for you. You can use a small amount of your credits for a short weekend city break in a studio apartment, or you might prefer to accumulate your credits for multiple bedrooms in a castle! Of course there are many options in between, the choice is yours.
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.
A couple of Tips for Amazing Photos
We live in the age of the photograph. A quick browse through any Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account proves that people are taking and sharing pictures of everything from the mundane to the magnificent. Why? Quite simply, because we can. Today's cell phones and digital cameras have made it easy to preserve any moment in time.
There is a difference, however, between an average photo and one that's truly outstanding in style and quality. Following a few simple tips can take your pictures from so-so to splendid in short order.
One of the simplest ways to take clear pictures is to use a tripod. It keeps your camera absolutely still and results in a blur-free image that you can't get when snapping by hand. Additionally, setting the timer function can eliminate even the small blur that sometimes occurs when pushing the button.
When taking pictures for the IVHE site, be sure the camera is on the highest resolution setting and use no less than 72 dots per inch of resolution when posting. The internet was meant to show off your location with big, bold pictures.
Look out for more tips next week...