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Home Exchange - Free lodging when traveling

By Janet Castrejon

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Home Exchange

Now there's a way to travel abroad, immerse your family in a foreign language and culture, AND save money. Does it sound too good to be true? It's called a Home Exchange. With a home exchange you stay in someone else’s home while they stay in yours. That way you save a lot of money by not having to pay for hotels and, if you cook, you save on restaurant costs. Another benefit is that you become immersed in the culture and language. While living in the community you meet locals and have many opportunities to practice the language.

Another kind of exchange is the hospitality exchange. You host another person or family in your house at a designated time and then they host you at another time. That way each person or family can be a tour guide for the other.

Home and hospitality exchanges are excellent ways to expose children to a foreign culture and immerse them in the language. Children have the opportunity to meet and play with other children in the neighborhood that you stay in or with the host family's children if you do a hospitality exchange. This is an opportunity that they may not have while staying in a hotel when traveling. Both of these types of exchanges are available on a website called www.homeexchange.com.

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