Holidays are the perfect time to unwind and relax. For those who have a pet, it also means spending more time with our beloved animal friends.

If you’re thinking of travelling with your pet, we advise you to carefully read these tips in order to get well organized and avoid any surprises.

1. Be sure to check the health status of the animal

Be sure to check the health status of the animal

Before you travel it’s essential to update all your pet’s vaccines. Your pet must also be protected against external parasites like fleas and ticks. If you go abroad, find out in advance what permits are necessary to enter the country with pets.

2. Means of transport

If you travel by car, train, bus, boat or plane, do your homework on the travel policy that each mode of transport implements, as they are often very different. Normally the most common and comfortable transport is the car, where your pet will have to go into a travel cage or a dedicated space, separate from the driver.

3. Bring their toys

Bring their toys

So that your pet will be more comfortable and not feel lost while travelling, take their toys and all their things along with you.

3. Keep your pet calm throughout the trip

The journey can be stressful for an animal: it doesn’t know where it’s being taken and can find it difficult to put up with being quiet and stuck in the same place for a long time. For this reason, it’s important to try to keep your pet calm throughout the whole trip, with good protection, care and attention.

4. Take rest breaks

Take rest breaks

If the journey is very long, it’s advisable to stop approximatively every one or two hours for your pet to drink, relieve themselves and walk around. Remember never to leave your animal alone in the car, especially in summer.

At MyTwinPlace many owners allow pets into their home, so there will be no problem when you bring your best friend with you on holiday. Find your perfect home!

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We know that the dog is man’s best friend, so it’s natural to want to take your pet with you on holiday.

Sometimes it can be hard to find a beach where pets are welcome. It is, however, becoming increasingly common for local councils allow the use of certain areas of the beach with animals.

We’ve selected nine dog-friendly beaches where you can enjoy the sea with your pet.

Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara, USA

Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara, USA

West Wittering Beach, Chichester, England

West Wittering Beach, Chichester, England Wittering

San Felíu de Guixols, Cataluña, Spain

San Felíu de Guixols, Cataluña, Spain

Playa de Bocabarranco, Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Playa de Bocabarranco, Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Bagni Capo Mele, Andora, Italy

Bagni Capo Mele, Andora, Italy

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Ballyholme Beach, Bangor, Ireland

Ballyholme Beach, Bangor, Ireland

Karavostasi Beach, Folegandros, Greece

Karavostasi Beach, Folegandros, Greece

Search MyTwinPlace for a house exchange for your next holiday where your dog is welcome… and get travelling!

PhotosDamianMarkSilviagcZatapundiJodyFredrikJonnyStuart CrawfordDonny

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If your pet is a real member of the family, why give up their company over the holidays? In the MyTwinPlace community there are many animal lovers who own pets. Many even exchange their homes with pets, or leave everything ready for the new animal guests. Take this opportunity to remember that having a pet needn’t be a deterrent to travel, especially if you exchange houses.

Here’s a selection of the best houses where you can stay with your four-legged friend, or where you’ll miss them whilst in the good company of another pet.

Salt Spring Island, Canada


Wonderful cottage on the banks of Lake Weston. You can venture out on the lake with canoes that the owners leave at your disposal… plus their beloved dog.

San Carlos, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

If you miss your pet, this mansion in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle offers you horses which you can take out and explore the beautiful surroundings.

Bucine, Italy


A very fun plan: play in this beautiful Tuscan garden with Stella, the German Shepherd belonging to this Italian couple… any takers?

Deadwood, USA


A house with spectacular views and… an adorable dog.

Barcelona, Spain


You can take your feline pets with you to this apartment, the siamese kitten in the house will certainly be happy for friends to play with.

Galveston, USA


From this house you can hear the sound of the waves… and the purring of cats!



A design loft in the trendiest neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. The owners take care of your pet while you have fun with their little kitten.

Notre-Dame-de-Sanilhac, France


Relax in the French countryside in good company where the dog, Flavio, is looking forward to meeting you.

How does this selection seem? Check availability at MyTwinPlace and prepare your next trip… because now you have no reason not to!

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The Kafer family, from Berlin, comprised of Katie, Sebastian and their two young children, are defined as ‘swapping addicts’. We talked to them to discover the secret of their passion for home exchanges.

1. Why do you define yourselves as a family that’s addicted to swapping?

Because we are! Katie and I have been exchanging our house in Prenzlauer Berg (Berlin) for over 6 years. How time flies! We started out of curiosity to see how it worked and we haven’t stopped since. Exchanging is our philosophy of life and travel, sharing what we have in order to see new places.

2. What are the benefits over a hotel?

Thousands, I wouldn’t know where to start! Saving money is clearly the most direct benefit, but for us the best thing for sure about exchanging is being able to have a lot of space and facilities available for our children. We are real home-bodies, we like touring new cities and walking around all day, but at night we like to stay at home, cooking or watching a movie together. This is what we value most about the exchange.

The Kafer family

3. Are your children aware that they are in another family’s home?

They are still too young to appreciate it, but what is clear is that they enjoy it to the fullest. You also have to consider that they are the first generation that hasn’t experienced the hotel fuss. They think of their holiday in this way; more space, quiet, new toys, nice people and relaxed parents… what luck, eh?.

4. The best and the worst places to travel to?

The truth is there isn’t really a best or worst destination; it depends on the moment and the willingness of each person. Now we have two small children it’s more difficult to go very far, but within a few years the Kafer family will be going around the world!

5. Any advice for families with children?

A tip for everyone, and especially for families with small children: house swap when you go on holiday! Having a family doesn’t mean giving up travelling, quite the opposite. By exchanging homes you can save money, have a whole house at your disposal and meet lots of wonderful people who are looking for the same as you. Enjoy the trip!

Have you ever swapped your house with MyTwinPlace? Are you passionate about exchanging? If you want to share your story, write to:

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Exchanging the car along with the home is much more common than it seems. Many members of our community are putting their vehicles at the disposal of the guests who they exchanging their homes with.

In “We also have” ads section at MyTwinPlace, you can see how many swappers indicate that in addition to their home, they are also sharing their car, bikes or even a baby’s cot.

Can I swap my car?

When you’re looking for a house to exchange, check whether you are able to use their car what model it is and in what condition it’s in. If you plan to leave yours available to your host, it is very important to ensure that the vehicle is in perfect condition and with a full tank of petrol. Another important thing is not to forget to confirm that your car insurance covers any damage that may happen if others use it.

If you decide to leave the car at home and don’t mind lending it to your prospective guests, we suggest that you take a picture and upload it to your ad at MyTwinPlace to make it even more complete and receive many more requests.

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France has a large number of cities that bring French style and beauty together, but don’t forget that the country also boasts innumerable charming rural towns and villages that sometimes hide real treasures.

The “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association is responsible for finding these small rural places, which, quite simply, must be visited at least once in a lifetime. Currently, there are 156 places from all over the country listed.

We’ve selected some little treasures from the list… see what you think!

Najac, Mid-Pyrenees


This beautiful medieval town has an XII century castle and very lush vegetation. Photo | Daniel Escudero

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Mid-Pyrenees


Saint-Cirq-Lapopie retains its original medieval appearance, with its gates and sentry boxes, cobbled streets and steep rooftops. Photo | Michel Carlué

Ars-en-Ré, Île-de-Ré, Poitou-Charentes


The village of Ars-en-Ré has lots of coastal charm and hasn’t lost its character over the years. Photo | Lorie Léger

Yvoire, Haute-Savoie


A medieval village located on the French shore of Lake Geneva, a wonderful place just minutes from Switzerland by boat. Photo | Patrick Nouhailler

Riquewihr, Alsace


A lovely rural village, with many historic XV-XVIII century buildings, and over 40 monuments. Photo | ccdoh1

Piana, Corsica


Piana is a landscape of an extraordinary nature, overlooking the Gulf of Porto and declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Photo | cercamon

Vezelay, Burgundy


The centre of Christianity since the Middle Ages, Vezelay is also a meeting point for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Photo | Gérard CORRET

La Roque-sur-Cèze, Languedoc-Rousillon

La Roque-sur-Cèze

This charming village perched on a hill in the heart of Provence du Gard. Photo | Michael

Gordes, Provence


A gorgeous mountain village and the perfect starting point for many excursions and visits to the area. Photo | Salva Barbera

Montpeyroux, Auvergne


Beautiful stone houses and a medieval tower are some of the delights offered by this charming rural village. Photo | Copeau

If you want to see another side of France, something more traditional and rural, check MyTwinPlace for where to stay and don’t hang about: these wonderful villages are waiting for you!

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If you are about to travel to French territory, read these tips carefully, they could come in handy while getting used to the culture of this amazing country, and help you avoid any ‘surprises’ during your stay!

1. Your meal is always accompanied with bread


The culture of bread is very popular in France and the most consumed variety is definitely the baguette. Photo | Peter Dutton

2. Try the thousands of French cheeses


You certainly will not have time to try all the cheeses that this country offers, but we recommend you at least try each cheese that crosses your path! Photo | Rog01

 3. Have a glass of champagne


Now that you’re in France, don’t deprive yourself of an appetizer with this sparkling wine that originates from and is produced in the northern region of the country. Photo | Sergey Melkonov

4. Go to a musical


France has a very lively and active cultural life. Set aside one night to take in some theatre shows in the city while you’re on holiday. Photo | paula soler-moya

5. Learn how to present yourself

How to present yourself

When you meet someone for the first time, you will usually be given a handshake. Later, in a friendly context and when you know each other, usually 3 kisses on the cheeks are given. Photo | philippe leroyer

6. Try the incredible croissants and macaroons


You can’t come back from France without having had their delicious croissants for breakfast. If you are especially sweet toothed, try the macaroons, a type of traditional cookie that you are bound to love. Photo | Benjamin Golub

Follow these tips to enjoy France as a true Frenchman. Got any more suggestions? Check on MyTwinPlace for a place to stay. Bon voyaje!

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France is a country that never goes out of fashion. Incredible cities, lush regions rich in vineyards, spectacular beaches and lofty mountains all make this country the perfect destination for all types of holidays.

Checking MyTwinPlace we’ve found these 5 fantastic houses that you could exchange for yours, and travel to France.



Discover the capital of France from this charming apartment.



Surround yourself in the magic and charm of the Riviera in this villa with a garden. What more can you ask for?



Southern France and vineyards; a dream place for the perfect holiday.



Travel to this city of art and history and lose yourself in its narrow medieval streets.



A trip to the land of the Occitan language.

These are just some of the suggestions for your next exchange in France. If you want to see more, you can do it right now at MyTwinPlace. Au revoir!

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If you’ve decided to leap into the world of house swapping we are sure that this little guide will come in handy. We know that at first it can be a bit tricky, but you’ll find that with a little patience, it will be very easy to exchange your home, post it on MyTwinPlace and choose your next holiday destination. You’ll soon see how much you enjoy it!

These are the 5 tips to bear in mind when organizing a home exchange.

1. Register with MyTwinPlace

Playa Blanca, Canary Islands, Spain

To start you need to sign up with MyTwinPlace and post the advertisement of your home. Remember to add all details. Describe what your house is like, your neighbourhood, your city and talk about your family. Don’t forget to include quality pictures, so your exchange partner can get an idea of what your home is really like.

2. Choose your destination

Pollença, Balearic Islands, Spain

If you are already clear on your next vacation destination, you just have to get to work and contact the houses you like most in the area that interests you. In case you still don’t know where to go, or you’re open to any proposed trips, you can see the houses on MyTwinPlace and let yourself be tempted by the requests of other travellers. Surprise yourself and discover new places that you’d never imagined as a holiday destination.

3. Get to know your exchange partner well


Many of the contacts that are made in the world of exchanges end up becoming great friends. Remember that members of the MyTwinPlace community are people who share the same interests and passion for travelling and discovering new places as you, it’s very easy to make friends.

4. Prepare your house for your guests


We’ve already explained how you should prepare your home for future tenants. Leave everything spotless so that your guests are comfortable and feel at ease, just as if they were at home. Don’t forget to leave a book with the most important information.

5. Enjoy your trip

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

The last advice we can give you is to relax enjoy your trip. You have closed the exchange agreement, you have left your house ready for another family and are about to begin a journey that will definitely be the first of many. Remember that your trips with MyTwinPlace are insured, so there’s nothing to fear.

Have any more advice you want to share with us?

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We know that many of the swappers in our MyTwinPlace travelling community are cycling enthusiasts. Also, bikes are all the rage, so whether for the love of sport or following the latest trends, there are more bikes on our city streets every day.

Sometimes it’s possible to find that bikes are available for us to use at the house we have exchanged with (link to the post house-bike), but there are many cities with Bike Sharing systems: public bicycle rental. We have taken a look at the 10 best cities in the world with this service, now we’re going to highlight the 10 European cities that we can visit by pedal-power!



Velib’ is a bike rental service offered in the French capital, so you can pedal through the streets of the city and feel like any other Parisian. Photo | Greg



The Bike Sharing system in Barcelona, called Bicing, began in 2007 and since then people haven’t stopped using it. Photo | Viktor Rosenfeld



You can discover Berlin as a local by renting a bike with nexbike Bike Sharing service, also present in other major cities. Photo | Alan Perryman



From April to October you can use CityBikes, we should take advantage of the warmer months to get to know the city of Stockholm on wheels. Photo | Design for Health



In Milan with BikeMi it’s very easy to rent a bike and ride through the streets of the city of fashion. In addition, the city centre is very flat and the streets are designed for cyclists. Photo | Luca Zappa



If you go to London you can save on public transport by renting a bike with Barclays Cycle Hire and do some sport as well, which never hurts! Photo | mariordo59



What better plan than a bike ride around the lake in Lausanne? Now it’s possible with PubliBike. Photo | PubliBike



With CycloCity you’ll have a new and original opportunity to get to know the capital of Lithuania. Photo | CycloCity



Pedal around the whole city and then to the harbour where the famous bronze mermaid is. Bycyclen bikes are perfect for touring Copenhagen. Photo | Colville-Andersen

Are you ready for a holiday on wheels? Remember to ask your swap partner if they have a bike. If not, but the house is in one of the cities that we have highlighted, you’ll be able to enjoy the city by bike anyway.

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