Virginia and Al Zeidman, Indian Wells My experience: House swapping is what we do. It has given us travel experiences that most of our friends have never considered. Since 1998, we have had 15 exchanges in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, England and the U.S. During these home exchanges, we have been treated to many attractions that would not have been possible without the help of the local friends and relatives of our exchange hosts. We have had a private tour of the German parliament in Berlin, a tour of Buckingham Palace and Parliament in London. In Salamanca, Spain, we spent several days seeing local sights, including the university where Christopher Columbus studied, and then we were treated to a lovely meal prepared in the home of our host's parents. In Vienna, we were included in opening night of the opera house, an event held annually for local residents. (continued on next photo) Pictured: Virginia, right, and Al Zeidman, center, have breakfast with a neighbor, Renee, at the home they stayed in while vacationing in Montpellier, France.