I would like to take this opportunity to give you my
opinion on home exchanges.
Last year my partner and I exchanged our home in
Perth, Western Australia for a home in Dundee, Scotland. You never really do know how it is
going to turn out, and there is always some doubt about whether or not you
have made a silly mistake.
In arranging the exchange, we had numerous emails,
to determine the exact dates and what we expect to find, and how to find
the house, and are there shops nearby.
All the things that make the intended holiday a success.
As it happened the dates didn't exactly match, so
they came to Perth to our home first and we scheduled our exchange at a
later date. It suited us all
as they were planning to head off to Majorca with their children for the
school holiday week break while we occupied their home.
The house key was delivered to us by one of their
friends and we were welcomed like long lost cousins. Along with the key came
incredible hospitality and friendship.
They made us feel so welcome and even invited us to have dinner
with them, a real Scottish meal which included haggis, beautiful berries
The exchange house was great, lots of interesting
walks in the vicinity, shops that were open 24 hours, a home security
system that meant we were completely safe and two great cats.
We had space to do our washing, cooking facilities
so that we could eat healthy food and not have to spend lots on restaurant
meals. We watched the golf
open with Tiger Woods on cable TV and planned lots of day trips. We used the house as our home base and headed off to bed and
breakfast stops on a highland adventure.
We really enjoyed the fact that it was cost neutral
- apart from our awful exchange rate, the Australian dollar was not very
healthy in comparison to the English pound.
homes is proving to be a very popular and interesting way to see other
countries and I can recommend it to anyone.
Glenys Essex...Perth Australia