Stephanie Anderson, Ventura

<b>Stephanie Anderson, Ventura</b><br>
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<b>My experience:</b> We have exchanged homes through <a href="http://www.homeexchange.com">Homeexchange.com</a> many times, and it has always been wonderful. We have been to the Netherlands; Copenhagen; Scotland; Ottawa; <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100410220000" title="Winter Park" href="/topic/us/florida/orange-county-%28florida%29/winter-park-PLGEO100100410220000.topic">Winter Park</a>, Colo.; <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101101011245" title="Seattle" href="/topic/us/washington-%28u.s.-state%29/king-county/seattle-PLGEO100101101011245.topic">Seattle</a>; the San Juan Islands of Washington state; as well as shorter weekend exchanges in Petaluma and San Francisco.<br>
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Unless we are within driving distance, we always exchange cars as well, which has saved us quite a bit. Having a home base also makes it feasible to plan mini-trips. In Ottawa, we took three days to visit Montreal and Quebec City; in the Netherlands, we took some time to explore Sweden and Norway. Having to pay for a hotel for only a few days, rather than the whole time, makes the trip far less expensive. (continued on next photo)<br>
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<i>Pictured: Stephanie Anderson and her son Zach sled during their home swap in Winter Park, Colo.</i>
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( Stephanie Anderson )

Stephanie Anderson, Ventura

My experience: We have exchanged homes through Homeexchange.com many times, and it has always been wonderful. We have been to the Netherlands; Copenhagen; Scotland; Ottawa; Winter Park, Colo.; Seattle; the San Juan Islands of Washington state; as well as shorter weekend exchanges in Petaluma and San Francisco.

Unless we are within driving distance, we always exchange cars as well, which has saved us quite a bit. Having a home base also makes it feasible to plan mini-trips. In Ottawa, we took three days to visit Montreal and Quebec City; in the Netherlands, we took some time to explore Sweden and Norway. Having to pay for a hotel for only a few days, rather than the whole time, makes the trip far less expensive. (continued on next photo)

Pictured: Stephanie Anderson and her son Zach sled during their home swap in Winter Park, Colo.

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