Sunday, March 21, 2010
Instead of standing in line at the next tourist attraction, which is fine when your time is limited and you are on a scheduled tour, the alternative is to do a home exchange, walk the streets or sit in a sidewalk cafe and just watch peopleas they go about their daily rounds and routines. For me, at least, there is nothing more enjoyable than people watching.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The beauty of home exchange is that it allows one to stay longer and "live the culture" one visits. No hurried bus tour or directed tour can replace the pleasure of simply walking the streets at leisure and "soaking up" the life the surrounds you.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
An excellent way to record and share your home exchange memories is to collect and copy your favourite pictures with accompanying text in a professional-looking book - I recently downloaded the free sofware from www.mypublisher.com and now have wonderful coffee table books of our ventures in Turkey, France and Scotland to share with my family and friends. The software is very easy to use and the cost is most reasonable. A 30 page book cost me only $30 plus shipping. Here is another affordable way to see and share the world.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Besides Home Exchange or the Affordable Travel Club, there is another wonderful way to explore the world the affordable way: The Bed and Breakfast way. Some of our most memorable vacations have been at B&B's in France, Scotland and Australia. But these are not the only possibilities. At this very moment, we are exploring B&B possibilities in India, Cambodia and Viet Nam. Just one word of advice: do your planning and exploring early. Unless you book a B&B at least 9 months to a year in advance, the best locations are gone. But it's worth the effort. The early bird catches the worm and there are some incredible worms worth catching out there! The internet is a wonderful resource and most B&B's have excellent websites, allowing you even to select a particular room with that special view.
Our B&B in Burgundy, France