An outstanding response!!
a departure from the usual member story, this month we've decided to
include a small collection of member emails we received earlier this
year, as part of an overwhelming response to our request for members
who would be willing to participate in a couple of media stories about
HomeLink. We were excited and delighted by the enthusiastic show
of support from our loyal members, and would like to take this
opportunity to acknowledge and say a very big "Thank You" to every
single one of you who responded so positively. Space only permits
us to include a small sample of your responses - our thanks go out to
we have just got back from a major trip from UK, we had 3 home swaps in
UK in the one trip. We also traveled with a 2 and 4 year old with
us. Wow what a hall!! We traveled right across England from
Devon County to Scotland to Ireland and back, around 20,000 kilometres
in 4 months, 85 castles and a hell of a lot of B&Bs to boot.
I loved it, my wife ... well just put it this way, I'm still sucking up
to her as she ended up being the baby sitter. Any way if we can
help we would love to as people still look at us as if we're
strange. They say "You went where? For how long? With two kids at
that age? Are you all there?" The answer to that must be
"no". But you only have one life, LIVE IT. Ok thanks, hope
we can help. By the way we don't live in the grand palace but do have a
nice three bed with a spa on the Sunshine Coast 5 min from the Beach
Jason & Meredith
We did exchanges to San Diego and Quebec last year and the year before
to Washington DC, British Virgin Isles (Virgin Gorda) and Vancouver. In
2003 we went to UK, Germany and Paris.
Our first exchange was last year to Norway and we are waiting for our
family from Spain to come this weekend. A second Spanish family
will be here all of March. We hope to travel to Spain in Sept/Oct
next year. We will then catch up with our Norwegian exchange
family. We will be searching for more exchanges in Europe before
our trip. So far everything has worked very well for us.
Ian and Silvi
I was in the UK for ten months from October last year and did three
exchanges in that time - two for three months each (one in Kent and one
in Middlesbrough) and one for ten days in the Yorkshire Dales.
We did a home exchange in England for 3 months last year. Two for three
months each (one in Kent and one in Middlesbrough) and one for ten
days in the Yorkshire Dales.
Stephanie and John
Our family of four exchanged with a family of four from Canada for a
month last Christmas, including car exchange of late model cars.
We exchanged to Oxford, UK in 2004/5 and recently returned from an
exchange to Hobart. Both times we have had wonderful experiences
with the house and car exchange. This time we were fortunate to
meet our swapees - and we had a terrific dinner and chat. Now we
are looking for exchanges in UK and France for the Rugby World Cup in
2007 - and feel confident it will all work out beautifully.
Joanne and Kim
We were in the USA (Colorado Springs) last year. This year in South
Africa (Howick near Pietermaritzberg) and three years ago in Axat
We did an exchange to California/Vancouver Island and Alaska a couple
of months ago for 2 months.
Hi we did a home exchange just two years ago to UK for 5 weeks and are
about to do another in 5 weeks time to the UK again.
Last year in the US - Martha's Vineyard, Boston and New York and the
year before in the UK - a village just outside Bath.
We have an exchange in place for Christmas to New York for 4 weeks.
This is our first and the couple we are exchanging with their 5th.
We think home exchange is wonderful because we merge with the
culture of a country or area and learn so much. We would not
consider any other way to holiday.
We have done 1 exchange this year to magnetic island in July (fantastic
experience) and we are doing an exchange with English people in
January: they are then using our beach home and we will use their house
in Spain in June.
Kees & Gilles
We were in Europe for six months last year and did six
hospitality/home/non-simultaneous exchanges. But, they were in
France, Germany and Austria. Next May we are off to Italy, and
are currently working on an exchange in Scotland for 2008.
We have just returned from a trip of consecutive swaps in America,
Germany & Sweden. We had a marvellous time & have been
recommending this organisation.
We have recently taken early retirement and joined Homelink last Oct
... have loved home exchange!!! We spent all of September 2006 in a
delightful cottage with beautiful gardens in a small village called
Sparford in the UK and 3 weeks in August in a country property in
Belgium. We also spent 3 weeks in Auckland in May, again delightful
home and garden.
Tess and Dave
We have just completed a Homelink holiday with house swaps and
hospitality stays in Canada and West Coast of America.
PS We have just farewelled our Canadian friends today who have stayed
with us for 4 days.
We did an exchange with a couple from San Francisco last year for three
weeks and are doing two exchanges next year, one in Syros a small Greek
island, and another to Regensburg in Bavaria Germany.
Thank you to
all our members. We wish you a very Merry Xmas and a Happy HomeLink New