These home swapping sites aren't free. Their services cost about $100 plus. We decided for the one that seemed to have the most exchange homes in the areas/ country we wanted to visit. Some are clearly structured so that you can find immediately how well your desired area is represented. Others put more emphasis on the pictures and lure you in with fabulous descriptions. Every home owner, of course, writes up his own description. The agency we signed up with have a great number of home owners all over the States. They also seem to have a good support system and relationship with their clients. They answered our questions immediately. And we had many regarding contracts etc.
So if you feel like going to Colorado skiing or for a vacation in Hawaii, it's possible. As I said for us the target has been Europe.
Having published the article where I compare home swapping to dating, another agency approached me and offered me a free membership for a year worth $159. Thanks very much. Lots of beautiful looking villas, especially in South Africa and Australia if that's where your traveling bug is luring you. Here is their link Luxe Home Swaps and see for yourselves. Doesn't that make you feel like packing bags straight away? What am I doing here. We're leaving in two days. I should be washing, ironing, backing, picking up the house etc. Thank God, a cleaner is coming before our exchange partner arrive next week!