“Our Place or Yours?”

By: Phyllis and Dick Mulligan

 

Home exchanging with our kids, Matt, Leslie, and Rick, was one of our best moves over the years. Meeting new people, seeing the sights, sharing experiences and tasting the food [and spirits] I. E. enjoying the world! The memories are still with us, we often correspond with our exchangers and enjoy watching our families grow. Through home exchanging, we saved money on hotels/meals, had more room (a house), our own car and much more flexibility. All we needed was a map, our imagination and a foreign phrase booklet.

The idea started after the war in the 1950’s by teachers, people with unlimited curiosity, but limited budgets. They wanted to see the world and its landmarks to share with their students so they set up a home available registry. How can you/your family explore possibilities? We’ll discuss that later, but first let’s sample just a few highlights we especially enjoyed.

-Paris:   Our favorite, the Louvre, the area around Sacre Coeur church and the Place du Tertre and so much more.

-Rome:   The Coliseum, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the Pantheon.

-Vienna: A performance at the Opera House and Freud’s home tour.

-Prague:   Walking tour of Wenceslas Square and the story of the Velvet Revolution.

-Amsterdam:   Visiting Anne Frank’s house and lunch on “The Dam”

-St. Petersburg:   The Hermitage Museum, just being in Russia and talking with the people.

                     -Germany:   A Rhine cruise and the terrible story of Dachau, Munich – a Holocaust prison camp.

                      -Barcelona:   The Sagrada Familia Basilica by Gaudi.

Mark Twain once said, “World travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” and it surely opens your eyes to travel adventures.

         How can you/your family open your own window on the world? To learn more about home exchanging go to: [we used Home Link]

Websites: www.homelink.org/usa, 1-800-638-3841, 1-954-566-2687

               www.homeexchange.com, 1-800-877-8723

Seeking USA

Sunshine Coast

Australia - Queensland
Sunshine Coast

We have an exchange to the UK for August 2014 and are not looking for another extended exchange for this year.

We are looking for an urgent exchange to California in April 2015 as our daughter is travelling to Las Vegas in April and we wish to spend a few days with her celebrating her birthday.

We are also open to short term exchanges to Sydney and Melbourne.

We are located in Mountain Creek on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is an hour's drive from Brisbane Airport and a 10 minute drive to Sunshine Coast Airport in Maroochydore. An airport bus service to and from our house is available. We live in a large new estate surrounded by modern homes, parks, recreational areas including a lake. A new shopping center and tavern (large pub) has recently been built down the road comprising of supermarket, shops, restaurants, cafes etc. Major large shopping centers are only a five minutes' drive. Our car, a four door, automatic, 2013 Nissan , is available for use and we will ensure neighbours are also available to answer any queries you may have. Should you wish, a public bus service is also available.
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