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Yes, You Can Home Swap--Si Se Puede!

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 8:59 AM

As we approach Cinco de Mayo*, 5th of May, I'm borrowing a Spanish phrase I've always loved, "Si, se puede!" or "Yes, you can!" It's my rallying cry to tell you, "Yes, you can home swap!"

Often in life we need someone to encourage us to achieve our goal: we...

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San Diego Restaurants - 11 Favorites From a Local

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 10:50 AM

Visitors will never go hungry in San Diego. Although they might go crazy trying to decide where to eat! San Diego County boasts oodles of restaurants. So for all you San Diego visitors, I've created a list of my favorites. My family has lived here over 25 years;...

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St. Patrick's Day Recipe For REAL Irish Soda Bread

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 9:04 AM

Buttermilk, I thought to myself, how will that taste in a bread recipe? I turned the postcard over and looked at the photograph on the front; a round domed loaf sat alongside a pot of jam and a few daffodils. I flipped the postcard over again and re-read the recipe....

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8 Easy Ways to Choose a Home Swap Club and Enjoy a Dream Vacation for Half the Price

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Do you want to vacation in a flat in Florence, or a cottage in Canada, or a mansion in Mexico for FREE? The place to begin is to join a house exchange club. The good news is there are more than 70 clubs to choose from. The bad news is...

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Home Swap Vacation Tips

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 6:00 AM

The phrase "freedom from want" often conjures up images of Norman Rockwell's famous Thanksgiving dinner painting. However, because I'm always thinking about travel, I interpret the phrase to mean that people can enjoy freedom from want of a family vacation. We all want a vacation, but many people think they...

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How Yoga Can Help You Find The Right Home Swap

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 8:15 AM

I love it when something new in my life suddenly intersects with something I've been doing a long time, for example, home swap and yoga. My family has exchanged our home 14 times in the past 12 years, however yoga flowed into my life only recently. So when my yoga...

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What Home Exchange Taught My Daughter

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Last month my daughter, Michele, left our home in San Diego for jolly ole' Oxford, England where she'll participate in a semester abroad program for the next three months. I was a wreck. I mean, I'm her mom. I've known her for 21 years; I'm going to miss having her...

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5 Simple Steps To Make Home Swaps Work

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 7:00 AM

It's coming. The day for you to do something rare; perhaps you've thought about it but never had the time or the money or the courage. Your chance will arrive on Friday Aug. 31. It will be your once in a blue moon opportunity to get serious about whatever is...

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Eight Effective Ways To Live Like A Local When You Travel

(6) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 7:00 AM

There was a time when tourists wanted to be fed, pampered and moved from country to country en masse only to return home thinking their vacation was a success because they had "an escape." Now the world is increasingly accessible and travelers are more and more educated about their destinations....

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The Ultimate Sharing Opportunity: Home Exchange And Get Free Lodging

(10) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 7:00 AM

We grew up hearing our mothers say it. Our teachers chided us if we didn't do it. We knew at a very early age that it was the right thing to do.

Sharing.

Back then, sharing wasn't always easy, especially if Mom asked us to share something as precious...

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A Virtually Free Vacation Can Be Yours When You Home Swap And Use Air Miles

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Spring break is over. Kids are back in school. Routines return. But soon enough, your thoughts will turn to summer vacation. Where will you go? What will you do? You may look at your tiny tax refund and and think that you can't afford a "real" vacation, what with hotel...

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