Too much of a good thing is Wonderful!
-- Oscar Wilde
Communicating Has Never Been Easier
We receive a lot of feedback from our members.
We have reprinted a few of their comments below.
We have just completed a nine week exchange of house and car with a
couple in Gloucestershire through Seniors Home Exchange. We never met
each other as we passed each other at about 1,000 miles an hour over the
Indian Ocean! However we had exchanged numerous e-mails and felt we knew
each other fairly well by the time we set off.
Everything went smoothly and the village they lived in was on the
border of the Cotswolds so lovely countryside. The house was comfortable
and their car economical as petrol was around A$1.80 a litre.! Our home
was left in immaculate condition and the car clean and polished.
This was our third exchange and we would definitely recommend this to
anyone - it is a wonderful way to have an extended stay with a base which
is a home from home and a car to use. We would think we saved at least
A$5,000 on accommodation and car hire.
The beneit of Senoirs Home Exchange is that members tend to be able to
go away for longer periods than folk who still have children at school.
Thanks Seniors Home Exchange.
Just a little note to tell you about our experiences.
The first exchange we made was in Oct 1999 to Jan 2000. (Yes we are a bit
late in writing this). We exchanged our home in Adelaide with a couple in
Vancouver. We also swapped vehicles. We used the home in Vancouver as a
'base' and travelled around BC is bit as well as spending many happy weeks
with members of our family who live there.
It worked out very well as we did not have to overstay our welcome with
the kids. We would not have been able to afford this extended stay if we had to stay
in rented accommodation or hotels. To anyone who wants to know - it is a
great way to go!
At beginning of November 2001 (just the other day) we hosted a delightful
couple from Vancouver Island for 3 days. It is a great experience to meet
people in this way.
George & Hazel Ferenczi, Australia
We have just returned from our "inaugural" home exchange and are most enthusiastic.
Tacoma was our destination and we encountered an exceptionally attractive
and well situated home. As art collectors we were pleased to be surrounded
with things of beauty and to experience and learn from the esthetic that
informed our host home.
We are happy to report that we are told by our "other half" that they, too,
had very much the same experience.
We feel that the single most important element in home exchange is "trust"
and most particularly TRUST in YOURSELF.
It is our hope to encounter other denizens of highly idiosyncratic venues -
we live in a rural Pennsylvania community of 800 on the Allegheny River in
a restored/historic commercial building - who will enjoy our world and
whose world we might explore.
And by the way, our exchanger was "on the spot" for a next-door fire and
was able to cover the story complete with color photo for the local
newspaper. Talk about fun! (We, of course, are disgruntled since we missed
what will probably be the big excitement for years to come.)
Jae Ann Brown, United States of America
After getting to know each other through E-mails, we traveled to Washington
state to meet our new friends in the Seattle area for a hospitality
exchange. They treated us to wonderful tours of the surrounding areas, and
we visited their second home near the Oregon coast. This was our first
experience through the Seniors Home Exchange and it worked out very well.
We are looking forward to their visit with us this Fall during the Michigan "color season".
Sue & Lou Oles, USA
We've had two excellent vacations through Seniorshomeexchange.com, three
weeks in the village of Alcester, UK, in May 2000 and three weeks in London
in June 2001.
In both instances, the couples with whom we exchanged provided information
and superbly prepared homes that made our experiences most satisfactory. We
are encouraging our friends and family members to consider home exchanging
and would be glad to share more with anyone who is considering trying it.
Bill and Fran Marscher, USA
We recently joined your senior's home exchange and have already had one
experience while a member. We exchanged with fellow seniors in the USA and
found this to be a good experience. We were able to communicate quickly
via the internet and make all arrangements and in fact met our exchange
partners one day before our departure.
Although we are experienced exchangers with other clubs we particularly
liked the fact that this club was designed for seniors. It helps to be in
the same approximate generation and therefore probably more in tune with
what others may be looking for in a trade. The expectations of both
exchangers are more often met and certainly scheduling of the exchange is
This has been a positive experience and definitely one we will try again.
C. Patterson, Canada
We have exchanged homes three times and have enjoyed each of them
immensely! Each time, we have stayed for a two week period. We were able
to live as a real citizens of the town and not as tourists. It was also
nice to have more room, cook at "home", and have a center to our
wanderings. I recommend home exchange highly!
Beatrice Wharton, United States
We had never done a home exchange before we joined the Senior Home
Exchange, but did talk about it a lot. We love the reassurance that the
exchange is with older, hopefully more responsible adults. So far we have
exchanged our home twice and both times we never met the couple. They
arrived after we left and left before we came home. Couldn't even tell
they had been there, except for the thank you notes! That is a good thing!
We did not do a direct exchange, so we now have two "free" vacations
waiting for us to collect. Thanks to everyone who helps make this such a success!
Carol A. Harmon, USA/AZ
My wife Diane Foster and I did a 10 day car and home exchange in Late May,
2001. We live in Alameda CA and exchanged for Taos NM. Our exchange partner
from Taos drove her car to Albuquerque, flew to Oakland and left her car
parking receipt and keys with us. We flew to Albuquerque and picked up her
car and drove to Taos. We loved the Taos area and had a great time. The
exchange worked perfectly and we are looking forward to many more exchanges in the future.
Peter Hannigan, USA
Last month we visited Vancouver, Canada, on our "hospitality return" trip.
It was really nice to see our new friends once again.
Their home was in a lovely setting and easy to get into Vancouver city.
They showed us a lot of Canada including Whistler to the north and the
Boeing Factory near Seattle to the south. We went to Victoria Island for
three days and explored many areas of the island which we certainly
couldn't have done had we been by ourselves. Hospitality exchanges really
work as 'locals' we know our local areas of interest and beauty and it is a
pleasure to show visitors around. We are off on our second "return
hospitality exchange" in September to Ontario and looking forward to it.
Coral Alford, England
Having accomplished our first exchange, and communicated with the people we
exchanged with, all our imaginary fears have been dispelled.
We have had a wonderful vacation and comfortable in the knowledge that our
home was in safe hands, a reciprocal feeling for both parties. We look
forward to many more exchanges and the development of new friendships.
A brilliant concept.
Malcolm Tilley, England UK
We recently completed a four week home and car exchange from North Carolina
to England. We enjoyed our visit there, the house we lived in was very
nice, clean and attractively decorated with a beautiful garden. We did some
touring by car as there were many things of interest in the area. Most of
our longer trips were by rail as the location and a flexipass made this
easy, inexpensive and carefree. The couple in our home took excellent care of everything.
Ernest and Shelby Lane, USA
We live in Kurtistown, Hawaii, on the island of Hawaii. We completed our
first home exchange this past March, 2001, with a lovely couple in Santa
Fe, New Mexico. It was a wonderful experience, but took lots of
communication and planning. When we finally met in Santa Fe, we felt like
we had known each other for years. They greeted us at the airport, and we
spent the afternoon and evening exchanging "instruction lists," as well as
sharing food and fellowship. They left for Hawaii the next morning and we
had a good friend greet them on this end. As it turned out, we had so many
things in common. We exchanged homes, automobiles, and pets! Mahalo to
Seniors Home Exchange.
Santiago and Miriam Agcaoili, U.S.A.
Did our first exchange between Scottsdale, AZ (our home) and Carmel, CA.
Met the exchange couple the evening before at a pre-arranged overnight stay
at a B&B enroute. Had delightful dinner and breakfast together, which
helped overcome the initial jitters of someone unknown in our home. They
left loads of helpful information on the Carmel area, including favorite
restaurants, golf courses, sunset vistas, etc. Great experience! Off on our
next exchange-related trip next Monday.
Vincent Cannella, US
Last year after we exchanged homes with Pat and
Wayne, of Fremont, California, Both parties to this exchange really enjoyed
their vacations, it was a wonderful experience. I would estimate it
conservatively saved us $1,000 per family, plus we all were able to cook our
own meals, so there was a considerable savings there. And to have the use of a
whole house instead of a small hotel room is beyond a price! :) I've recently
been in touch with another 22 people to see if we can do it again this year.
Nothing definite yet, but a couple of promising replies. Thanks for all your
Regards, Jim & Erika, Nanaimo, BC
Weve had an a countless flow of contacts from people all over the world and
through the Seniors Home Exchange made several new friends. Our NZ house is in
Robt and Barbara, Cromwell, NZ
In the summer of last year we exchanged with a couple on Vancouver Island.
We had a super time, home from home. Especially as my Mother was out visiting
from the U.K. She so enjoyed watching the humming birds in the garden. I would
imagine we saved $500 dollars easily, certainly the spaciousness & quality
of furnishing, would not be anything like a hotel room. I think the Home
Exchange program is just great.
Lynn & Keith, BC
We had a very successful exchange with a couple and their daughter and a
friend this summer. The exchange was our place at So. Lake Tahoe for their
place in Bethel Vermont.We enjoyed their small converted school house
(historical site) with a live trout stream in the back yard. They also had 2
dogs and a cat that we took care of with a great deal of pleasure.We stayed
around their place until they returned to meet them and they were delightful,
much younger but very pleasant. The animals were absolutely no problem, except
getting the cat to get off of my suitcase when we were ready to leave. I think
he wanted to get in it and go along with us.We did some communications before
we agreed with each other, but not one problem came up. I estimate that we
saved aprox.$700 dollars as we stayed in B&Bs; for part of our trip back
East. The experience and the making of new friends far exceeded the money we
saved. We are now looking for another exchange and have updated our listing.
Jack, Lake Tahoe, CA
Last year, we spent March/April in England. On arrival back home, we had an
email waiting for us wondering if we would be interested in a home exchange in
Australia, Brisbane area. We hesitated for about 10 seconds, then sent off a
positive response forthwith. Everything worked out wonderfully - we agreed on
the time (Sept/Oct) period, car details, contacts, etc, through emails. We
ended up by spending 2 weeks in New Zealand first, then went to Australia and
settled into our new home in Maleny - it was just lovely, on the edge of
rainforest, rainbow lorikeets at the feeder every morning, easy access to the
finest of beaches. It was so nice that we made a decision to stay relatively
close to the area during our 5 weeks there and enjoy it - a good decision. The
area was great, the home was excellent, the Malone family and friends welcomed
us and were very accommodating. We even managed to see a koala in the wild one
day. On the way home, we stopped in Vancouver where we were met at the airport
by Desley and Tom, whose home we had lived in in Australia. We had a great time
exchanging stories in the few hours we had together. We feel that we have made
good friends. The Malones took excellent care of our home in Ottawa as well. It
was a tremendously rewarding experience all around.
Pauline and John, Ottawa, Canada
We have completed two exchanges, with great success. We have been able to
spend a total of 4 weeks in Palm Springs, CA in the winter, which was a great
way to break up our wet dreary west coast winter. We are now heading for a
month in Austalia, through 2 exchanges there. As we have a guest suite in our
home, we are able to host visitors in the nice summer months , and travel in
the winter. We have met some wonderful people and made some great new friends.
We are now looking forward to meeting and traveling to many parts of the world.
My wife and I wanted to arrange an exchange in South Africa for last summer.
Scheduling problems prevented the exchange, but the couple in SA invited us to
visit anyway. We agreed and arrived in Johannesburg before dawn one morning in
July. They picked us up and drove to their home, about 5 hours away. We knew we
would get along before we arrived at their home. They not only showed us around
the Northern Part of South Africa, including Kruger National Park, but also
introduced us to several of their friends via 'bar-b-ques'. Three outstanding
memories are getting to know their friends; getting to play golf on the Skukusi
Golf Course in the middle of Kruger National Park amongst the hippos, wild
pigs, giraffe and elephant! The hazards were populated by crocodiles, and hippo
tracks on the green had to be putted through as a natural obstacle. Finally,
after hosting us for 10 days, they helped us plan our 2 week trip via rental
car through Swaziland, and around KwaSulu-Natal. We ending in Sun City where we
played golf on the Gary Player course the day before we returned home after 23
days in South Africa. Without the contact via the Senior Home Exchange, we
would not have had nearly the fun we did have.
Victor and Christina, Hanford, California
Dear Home Exchange folks, I'm happy to report that we have worked out a
3-week house and car exchange with a lovely British family who live in Holland.
We've had a flurry of e-mails over the past two weeks, a round of snail mail
pictures and maps, and it feels as though we are old friends already. We'll be
doing this exchange in August. Thank you very very much for making it possible.
Linda Jo Scott, Bellevue, MI
Hello - I am several days into a wonderful exchange in the Washington DC
area. We are enjoying a lovely home in a great community, with a location
that's convenient to many of the popular "spots", and also close to
our adult children. Our "hosts" have made us Very Comfortable, and we
are so pleased with the exchange program, and plan to utilize it as often as
possible, in the future.