Family Travel: Swapping Houses

Best Web Sites

Here are the major players in home exchange.

Digsville Home Exchange Club: More than 2,000 listings and 12,000 "guest" members; $45 a year for full membership. A very user-friendly site.

HomeExchange.com: 16,000 active listings; $100 annually for silver members, who are allowed to list homes and contact other listers; $50 for bronze members, who can only contact listers. Bronze membership is an inexpensive way to swap if you have a specific location in mind.

HomeLink International: More than 12,000 listings, nearly 3,000 in the U.S., most in Europe (50 percent of listers have children); $90 for annual online membership. A good choice for Americans seeking swaps with Europeans.

Intervac Home Exchange: 2,000 U.S. members (50 percent of users have kids); $95 annual membership, $65 for U.S. only. The site offers a free preview and thehomeexchanger.com, an informative blog all about swapping. Plus, it has more than 5,000 listings.

Copyright © 2007. Reprinted with permission from the August 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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