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Brilliant Coastal Holidays. It's that wonderful, magical time of year. Traditionally, we all gather at the family home; enjoy a bit of cheer; over indulge in feasting; and wonder why it all seems to fall short of the expectations created for us by Currier & Ives or the television holiday specials. But, somehow, snow and ice are considerably less magical in the real world. Things tend to pile up and those ‘last minute holiday miracles’ seem to be a lot harder to come by. So… what if there was a way to work a miracle and bring some new spark to your Holidays? What if you could transport yourself and your loved ones to a magical place to spend those precious days?

And better yet, what if it was warm! Well, now you can. While they might not have the snow associated with the holiday season, folks living in coastal regions know how to celebrate the season. Vacation home exchanges allow you to have the flexibility to arrange a winter getaway for yourself and an intimate partner or for the whole family. Photo credits: What does a travel alert mean? It was unenviable. The US State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert to all U.S. citizens traveling abroad.

Those who aren’t from the U.S., but are also traveling abroad, are encouraged to be on high alert. The advisory comes less than 2 weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali. This also comes just ahead of the busy travel season. Does this travel alert mean you should cancel your holiday travel plans? Of-course not. Here’s the thing about a travel alert of this nature: it’s common and it is typically not based on credible intelligence regarding any specific threat. So what does a travel alert mean for you? The trip through the security line at the airport will likely take a little longer. You should expect to see more police presence on trains and buses.

If you are traveling overseas, be aware of your surroundings. Monitor media and other local sources of information for the latest on any threats of terrorism. There is safety in numbers. Arches and Red-Rock around Moab, a Hikers' Paradise Home Exchange. Find Your Next Exclusive Vacation Home Exchange. Home Exchange Italy. This site uses some unobtrusive cookies to store information on your computer. Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site won't work as expected without them.

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By using our site you accept the terms of our Privacy Policy. (One cookie will be set to store your preference) (Ticking this sets a cookie to hide this popup if you then hit close. About this tool. Europe’s Festive Christmas Markets. Known locally as Christkendmarkt, Marche de Noel, Weihnachtsmarkt, Europe’s famous Christmas Markets bring the spirit of the holiday season to millions of visitors every Advent season. Stroll the cobblestone streets in many of Europe’s Old Town squares and let the aroma of gingerbread and cinnamon fill the air. Hold a warm cup of hot mulled wine or cocoa as you browse the quaint wooden huts filled with handmade crafts and Christmas ornaments. Marvel at the beautifully adorned Christmas tree in town square. Most of these picturesque markets can be found in the shadows of a gothic Cathedral. These holiday fairs can be found in several cities all across the continent. The markets of the different countries will vary to reflect the culture of the region and each will offer its own charm and traditions.

Listed below are a few of Europe’s most recognizable markets. Considered the “Capital of Christmas” Strasburg Market tops the list. Thank you to travel writer Lisa Medieros. Best Green Chili. One of the many great things about a home exchange vacation is immersing yourself into a local culture, and what better way than trying a local food favourite. We recently saw this road side sign for ‘best roasted chilies’ and wondered what is this all about. Loving spicy foods and having enjoyed green chili in the past we thought we would stop and check it out. We quickly learned about the chilies from Hatch New Mexico. How exciting, they sell chilies by the bushel, ranging from mild, to hot and very hot.

There was even a ‘blow your mouth out’ Dynamite strength chili. As these chilies are fresh, you have the option of having them immediately roasted – now this was a great experience to watch – watch the video. Here comes the best part, how do now eat over a bushel of fresh roasted chilies? Green Chili with Chicken Remove the chicken to a cutting board and let it cool. Seed, core, and thinly slice the Green Chillies. You might be asking, so what happened to the bushel of chilies? Storybook Charm of Bruges, Belgium. Escape Reality At Sundance Resort. Making the Most of a Winter Vacation. Zion and Snow Canyon parks, Petroglyphs and more in St George Home Exchange. An Artistic Enclave: Park City, Utah. When most people think of Park City, Utah, skiing or the prestigious Sundance Film Festival comes to mind.

In addition to fine film, Park City also offers beautiful art, photography, jewelry, clothing, performing arts, and culinary delights—all imaginative and unique in their own right. For a combination of both the indoor and outdoor beauty of Park City, consider utilizing a luxury home exchange option. It’s perfect for primetime winter when affordable accommodations are difficult to come by, or any other time of year. Following is just a taste of what Park City has to offer year-round artistically: Art One of the best ways to see what the mountain getaway has to offer is to take the Park City Gallery Stroll the last Friday of every month from 6:00-8:00 in the evening. Voted one of the top 20 summer festivals in the United States by Smithsonian Magazine, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place normally in August on historic Main Street. Photography Performing Arts Clothing Jewelry Film. To Tip Or Not To Tip; That Is The Question.

We have family members in the US who work in service industries. They are conscientious, hardworking folks for whom tips are a large part of their income. But is that true around the World? The answer is a resounding ‘NO!’ So when we travel, it’s very useful to know the proper attitude toward tipping or not tipping. Even if you’re taking advantage of something like a high end vacation property exchange, you’re still going to run into tip/ don’t tip situations. And almost certainly, even if you are saving on travel in other ways too, like cooking for yourselves, you’re almost certain to want at least the odd night out on the town.

Knowing who to tip and how much is just as important. Customs vary widely from place to place. Most of us want to make a good impression. We were traveling in the UK once and, even within that country, found variations in custom. So, what do you do? Have a great time on your trip and we’ll see you later. Thank you to the writing team which is MA Scott. How to get money from your currency exchange. There are many reasons why you may need to make overseas payments and convert sums of money from one currency into another. For example: The purchase or sale of an overseas propertyReceiving salary/other income from abroadPayment of legal or other fees of overseas professionalsReceiving pensions/ paying living or maintenance costs By treating overseas payments in the same way as single currency payments, you may be losing hundreds if not thousands of pounds. Could you be losing money on your currency exchange? The rate of the currency exchange can have a huge effect on foreign payments, yet it is often a forgotten aspect amidst all of the excitement of buying a property, or in the admin of maintaining a property abroad.

When making payments overseas many people often automatically make the transfer via their bank without consideration of the conversion rates and other charges that will be applied by the bank. The cost effective way to transfer money abroad. Surviving the trip to Grandma’s on Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you live in the United States, the trek to grandmother’s house, or on a home exchange, can be a stressful one. One reason may be that U.S. airlines expect to carry more than 25 million passengers around the Thanksgiving holiday.

This is about a 3% increase compared to last year. The heaviest travel days will likely be the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Even if you aren’t flying to these cities for Thanksgiving, or if you are taking your holiday celebrations abroad, you should still expect long lines at ticketing counters and security checkpoints. Here are some tips to help you survive the holiday rush hour at the airport. Check your flight status before you leave for the airport Mother Nature can be a buzz kill for vacations. Arrive to the airport early Do not underestimate the lines at the ticketing counter and security lines.

Remember to pack “smart” Be patient. You Have The Power, or Do You? In today’s electronics heavy world, traveling abroad can be a bit tricky. In the “old days” when you went abroad you left all your electrical items behind. Mobile devices? They were the things of science fiction. However, nowadays we travel around the globe with a number of devices, all of which require periodic recharging. Whether you’re traveling abroad on business or taking advantage of a luxury vacation home swap, you need to know a bit about how to safely charge your devices. It may not be enough to have a plug adapter. You see, it’s not just about getting things to plug into the socket. To begin with you need to know whether you need a converter or a transformer. A transformer, while doing the same action of increasing or decreasing voltage as needed is suited for devices with delicate electronic chips and circuitry. And remember, these standards are not just for when you’re taking advantage of house swapping for your vacation.

Thank you to the writing team which is MA Scott. Lonely Planet Top 10 for 2016. Historic Arezzo: A Tuscan Gem. Plenty of room to enjoy: Todos Santos, Mexican. Make Venice part of your Love Story. Midway, Utah: A Winter Wonderland. When my husband “Deke” and I were dating, the first place he took me for a getaway was Midway, Utah. Deke is a man of distinction favoring boutique hotels and exceptional service, so why would he take me to rural Midway?

Because Midway has both exceptional accommodations and country charm. Not only does Midway offer charm, but world-class alpine and cross country skiing is just miles away. Soldier Hollow, where the 2002 Winter Olympics cross country and biathlon events were held, is actually in Midway; the cross country and biathlon courses are maintained, and Soldier Hollow is still host to numerous winter competitions. With open pastures and picturesque, wooden fences (the kind in American Western movies), Midway is a delight. Though I haven’t thought of winter as particularly cheerful, when the sun sparkled on the sea of snow it was as if purity itself was magnified. Deke and I are not skiers, but we enjoyed Midway all the same. Thank you to Travel Blogger Sona Schmidt-Harris. Own Your Own Paradise in Portugal. How to find a good estate agent in Portugal.

One of the first things you will need to do if you are hoping to make your Portugal vacation home property dream a reality is to find a good estate agent. But what should you be looking for in a Portuguese estate agent? And how can you tell a good estate agent in Portugal from a bad one? Fortunately Portugal is one of the few countries where estate agencies are formally regulated. This therefore provides some protection for people buying property in Portugal. It is however prudent to exercise some caution when dealing with estate agents in Portugal. How to tell if your estate agent in Portugal is practising legally?

Estate agents in Portugal must undertake specific training and hold appropriate professional qualifications. The INCI will also be able to give you details of estate agent’s insurance as well as the expiry date of the estate agents licence which should be renewed every 3 years. What is the role of an estate agent in Portugal? Enhance your travel with Vacation Home Exchange! Dreaming of a big family vacation, but on a limited budget? Vacation is an occasion of happiness and fun. So, don’t let limited budget spoil your vacation planning, on the contrary, choose international vacation home exchange program and discover a new way of travelling by kicking your vacation up a notch. Vacation Home Exchange is a unique way of seeing the world, without having to break the bank. It gives you an opportunity to discover world’s most exotic destinations for holidays a local and the freedom to choose the home you love.

Vacation Home exchange is not a new concept, however International Vacation Home Exchange ( has made it more flexible and efficient by offering direct exchanges and credit trades. Like this: Like Loading... Jackson Hole Home Exchange, Come and Ski and Enjoy. Free Home Exchange Audio Guide (iTunes too) Explore The Natural Beauty of Ireland.

Home Exchange Network. The Home Exchange Guide is for everyone that is interested in learning about saving money on vacation accomodation and home swapping. You will gain useful hints and tips as we go through the entire guide in a series of podcasts. In the first two chapters we answered the question, Why Home Exchange? And Are all Home Exchanges the same? In this third chapter we address the question How do you choose the best home exchange network for you? Watch the You Tube channel for additional information. How do you get an exchange? Plus 10 Things to Avoid, Your Membership Checklist, and a sample Home Exchange Agreement. Get a FREE download of the Home Exchange Guide at THAT WARM GLOW – Building a fire on Vacation.

Now that the days are growing shorter and there’ll soon be a nip in the air, many of us may be looking forward to a autumn or winter getaway with a lovely high end vacation property exchange.. Exchange homes can have a wood burning fire pit, fireplace, or stove for heat. These amenities add a truly lovely and cozy ambience to your stay. But, did you realize that each one may require you to lay your fire differently? In this blog, let’s take a look at the fire pit. It’s is really nothing more than prefabricated site for a camp fire.

Your fire will be laid from the inside out in this order. Next you’ll want to add some kindling. Now, this is the point where most folks go wrong. Okay, let’s light the tinder. The tinder should start the kindling burning pretty quickly. After the kindling is burning well and you’re starting to get a nice hot glow going – then start adding your firewood. Another good idea is to add your logs in a ‘Lincoln Log’ pattern. Now, fireplaces can be a bit tricky. Researching a Vacation Destination – Become an Expert Overnight. 10 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Home Swapping Vacations. Senior Travel Planning Tips - Medications. St. Augustine, FL – Behind the Tourist to Florida. Home Swap With IVHE. Coasteering, Kayaking, Hiking all During Our Home Exchange in Wales! Haunted Castles We Dare You to Visit.

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