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

Barcelona

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

Marseille

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!

Paris

Paris

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

Barcelona

Barcelona

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

Berlin

Berlin

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

Stockholm

Stockholm

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

Milan

Milan

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

London

London

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

Lausanne

Lausanne

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

Vilnius

Vilnius

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

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

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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Amsterdam is the dream city for all cyclists, its population is about 750,000 and there are about 600,000 bikes. Due to this high number of bikes, and the many public measures to facilitate cycling, it’s considered to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

We asked the most passionate bike travellers in our MyTwinPlace community about the city, and they’ve given us lots of tips to help you discover it on two wheels. Here’s a collection of the best.

Cycle alongside the city’s canals

Cycle alongside the city’s canals

Visit Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam

Visit Oude Kerk

Contemplate the eighteenth century De Gooyer Windmill

De Gooyer Windmill

Park your bike in one of the largest city bike parks, beside the Amsterdam Centraal train station

The largest city bike parks, beside the Amsterdam Centraal train stationg

Don’t miss the Jordaan Quarter, the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and the Red Light District

The Jordaan Quarter

Pedal around Oosterpark

Oosteroark

Discover the artistic and multicultural environment of the Pijp neighbourhood

The Pijp neighbourhood

Visit the windmills and traditional houses of Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

There are lots of places where you can rent a bike, but one of the best services for sure is MacBike, for less than 10 € a day you have the perfect red bike to explore the city on.

You’ll see how much you enjoy sight, and you will definitely fall in love with Amsterdam. Check out MyTwinPlace for where to stay and …have a great trip!

Photosnate2bchong chongchongchongMilton CorreaThomas GrillRemon RijperFidel RamosFons Heijnsbroekgags9999.

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If you have a bike and use it regularly, you’ve probably had to deal with the problem of storing it unobtrusively in a handy place. That’s not a problem if you have a lot of space available, or even a storage room, but if you live in a small apartment and don’t want to leave your bike on the street, keep reading this post.

We’ve made a selection of the best solutions for keeping your bike indoors without feeling like it’s always in the way. If your bike is decent, and you keep it clean, we’re sure you’ll like the following ideas:

1. Knife and Saw

Knife and Saw

Hangers for your bike are displayed as a work of art, or as an outstanding feature of your home.

2. Cycloc

Cycloc

Original English design hangers. Available on the website for a very reasonable price.

3. Pedal Pod

Pedal Pod

This furniture will look great in any room of your house; and your bike on it, of course!

4. Hood

Hood

A steel hanger that can store the bike securely on the wall. In addition, its leather case protects the bike frame.

5. Bike Rack Birdhouse

Bike Rack Birdhouse

From Canada comes this original idea to use a bird house to store your bike and helmet.

6. Trophy Deer

Trophy Deer

A steel deer head, solid and modern: so that your bike has the storage it deserves.

If you have a bike and you keep at home, we hope that these tips have inspired and helped you to be more organized. If you swap your home at MyTwinPlace, don’t forget to indicate that you are offering your bike, and upload good photos for your listing.

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For the cyclists in our MyTwinPlace community, we’ve selected the best houses where the owners share their bikes with the visitors they exchange their homes with.

From Holland to Australia to the United States, you can get to know a new city by pedal-power! Which one do you like the most?

Holland, the country of bikes

Holland

In The Hague you’ll soon see why they say the Netherlands is bike country…and you won’t any the less!

Ireland by bike

Ireland

In this wooden house in the middle of the Irish countryside, you have at your disposal up to five bikes, fun for the whole family!

Michigan, by kayak and by bike

Michigan

Mackey and his family offer their fellow exchange partners bikes and two great kayaks to have fun with at the beach.

The Australian beaches  

Australia

Pedal around the beautiful area of ​​Twin Waters on the bikes that the owners lend to their guests.

Rove the French countryside

France

In this house in northern France the amenities include two bicycles for you to get around the surrounding area of the beautiful Picardy region.

Did you like these houses? Check their availability at MyTwinPlace and… don’t forget to pack sports clothes in your suitcase!

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Patricia from Barcelona has two hobbies: travelling and diving. 5 years ago she was awarded the Padi diving certificate in the Philippines and from then on, whenever possible, she travels to exotic destinations to do her favourite sport.

We asked her to tell us more about her hobby, and how home exchange has helped her to travel in recent years and save on accommodation costs.

How did you hear of house swapping?

5 years ago I was travelling around the Philippines when I met a couple from London who were exchanging their home with a family from Manila. I knew about the existence of house swapping, and I knew about couchsurfing, but had never met anyone who had actually done it. I asked a lot of questions and when I got back to the hotel I decided that my next trip would be like this.

Patricia

How was your first Exchange?

I’m lucky in that I have a freehold property in Barcelona, a small and cosy apartment in the centre. Swapping it was very simple, a few days after putting the ad up I contacted by Anne, a lovely French girl who I then closed the exchange with. The following month I was destined for Lyon and the whole experience was really good.

Has swapping helped you to dive all over the world?

Of course! The world of diving is very expensive, if it weren’t for the savings that home exchange gives me, I wouldn’t have been able to travel to such exotic and distant destinations. Also, it’s not just the issue of savings, it’s everything that going to someone’s house away from home entails. Your way of thinking about the trip totally changes, transforms.

Now each time I go travelling, it’s like going to a friend’s house, it doesn’t matter that you’ve never seen each other, going to their house is like going to yours, it’s an extraordinary feeling.

Where are you going next?

I’m a little stuck at the moment due to work but as soon as I can I’d love to go Indonesia to dive and enjoy the heavenly beaches there.

Patricia

Do you have any advice for MyTwinPlace travellers?

Mmmm … not really, the best they can do is try it and once you‘ve done it there is no going back. As for me, I know I could no longer imagine a different way of travelling.

If you’ve ever exchanged your home and want to share your story with the MyTwinPlace community, write to stories@mytwinplace.com

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House swapping for your holiday, and saving yourself the cost of accommodation is now easier than ever. With MyTwinPlace you can advertise your home and find one that suits your requirements for your next holiday destination. Through our platform you can reach an agreement with the homeowner on every detail of the exchange.

To show you how easy it is, we’ll review all the exchange steps together, from house hunting to contact and closing an exchange agreement.

1. Look for homes in your preferred destination

Look for homes in your preferred destination

Once you’ve registered and completed your profile and your house information, go into MyTwinPlace start looking at houses that you like the in city you want to go to. It’s very simple, just think: where do I want to go on my next holiday?

2. Select the houses that you like the most

Select the houses that you like the most

You will see that, depending on destination, there are many homes to choose from. Don’t get bogged down though, take your time and look closely the characteristics of each one until you find the ones that best fit what you need (size, location, nearby activities, services…)

3. Make contact with the other travellers

Make contact with the other travellers

Don’t be shy! Use our messaging system to present yourself to homeowners and send a request to exchange the houses you’ve selected. Remember you can use the MultiRequest option to send multiple requests at once and save your favorite homes in your Wishlist.

Once the initial details of the swap have been decided through the messaging system, you just need to formalize it. To close your exchange, click on the green button “agree to exchange” that will appear in the Messages section of the home tab.

4. NEW! Close your exchange

NEW! Close your exchange

After pressing the button, you can select dates and pay the fee for each day spent exchanging. Remember, this fee is included in the Swapper Insurance, so that you can travel with confidence.

From this point on you have access to all your exchange partner’s personal details, in order to speak, confirm the final details and get to know each other better.

5. Pack your bags – you’re going on holiday!

Pack your bags – you’re going on holiday!

Lastly, and most importantly, remember to have great fun and enjoy this phenomenal experience! We are sure you will love exchanging your home with MyTwinPlace.

If you have any questions you can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the green Help tab, or you can email us at eva@mytwinplace.com. Bon Voyage!

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If you still haven’t yet decided where to spend your holidays, let’s do a little review of the best and most spectacular beaches in the world to give you some ideas.

Even if it doesn’t help you to choose your next destination, we hope you’ll enjoy doing the same as us… just daydreaming.

1. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles

Seychelles

The beach of Anse Source d’Argent is regarded as the most beautiful on the island. Its crystal clear waters and white sand make this location the closest thing to paradise that there is. Photo | socca

2. Meemu Atoll, Maldives

Maldives

The Maldives are known throughout the world for incredible scenery and dreamlike beaches. Photo | Dan Meineck

3. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora

Photos of Bora Bora always leave you speechless: an exotic paradise which you really should visit at least once in your life. Photo | Pierre Lesage

4. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Hawaii

Lanikai Beach, at only 800 meters long, is considered to be one of the best beaches in the world. I guess you’ll just have to go to find out if it’s true! Photo | Kanaka Menehune

5. Seventy-Five Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Australia

Australia

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is one of the most extraordinary places in the whole of Australia. Photo | Michael Dawes

6. Gouverneur Beach, St. Barts

St. Barts

St. Barts is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Don’t miss out on the impressive beaches, lush vegetation and marine fauna. Photo | Jay Colbath

7. Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha

 The island of Fernando de Noronha is known for its beautiful beaches and amazing scenery. A dream location for ecotourism. Photo | Marcelo Almeida

8. Grace Bay, Providenciales, The Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands

 These Atlantic islands feature spectacular beaches that will leave you absolutely speechless. Photo | acin355

9. Illetas Beach, Formentera, Balearic Islands

Formentera

Formentera is the jewel of the Mediterranean, and Illetas Beach is one of the most beautiful on the island. Photo | Christophe André

10 Big Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

El Nido

El Nido is the star of the island of Palawan, a series of landscapes and pristine beaches that you’ll not easily forget! Photo | Just One Way Ticket

These are just 10 of the many beaches that have impressed us, if you know of any others, we’d be delighted to know where they are!

If you want to organize a trip to one of these wonderful destinations, go to MyTwinPlace and look for the ideal twin home to swap with yours.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your back garden, don’t miss these top tips. We explain how to care for it and keep it clean so you can enjoy it to the max over the summer months!

Daily cleaning

Daily cleaning

Carefully swipe the netting racket over the surface to remove anything that might have fallen in the pool (leaves, branches, small insects, etc.) both early in the morning and in the evening. Photo | Platinum Poolcare

Control the skimmers

Control the skimmers

We advise you to regularly review and check that the skimmers are not filled with objects, branches and leaves that may impede water filtration. Also, this is where you can put the chlorine tablet. Photo | Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture

Go round with the pool cleaner 

Go round with the pool cleaner

Depending on how you use the pool and the amount of sand, dust and leaves that accumulate you’ll have to go round with the pool cleaner more or less often. It is best to have an aquatic robot, so you won’t feel so lazy about cleaning and which will leave your pool almost effortlessly spotless! Photo | Hamlet Projects

Keep an eye on the water level 

Keep an eye on the water level

It’s normal that the water evaporates more quickly in summer, or is lost by splashing, so you have to check that it’s always at the right level for the skimmers to function properly and not get air in them. Photo | Fairfield House & Garden Co

PH and chlorine levels 

PH and chlorine levels

The pH must always have a value of between 7.2 and 7.6 and the chlorine between 1 and 1.5. In order to check them you’ll have to use a maintenance kit that shows you the PH and chlorine levels in your pool. Photo | Balfoort Architecture, Inc.

Use a cover

Use a cover

At night or during the winter months, it’s advisable to have the pool protected by a cover which both keeps the pool cleaner for longer and stops the temperature from dropping too much overnight. Photo | Burr & McCallum Architects

If you exchange your home with a pool remember to include all the essential information in the book of your house so your swap partner will know how to take care of it properly. If you go to a house with a pool pay attention to the maintenance instructions in order to enjoy it to the full during your holiday.

You can search for a house with a pool to swap with at  MyTwinPlace. What are you waiting for?

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For many travellers holidays are synonymous with the beach: dips in the sea, sandcastles and total relaxation being the favourite holiday activities.

At MyTwinPlace you will discover thousands of destinations right next to beautiful beaches where you can spend your summer days in peace and quiet. Want to see the top 5 houses where you can stay?

Immerse yourself in Mexican luxury

Mexico

This gorgeous villa, right on the beachfront, has everything you need to make your holiday an unforgettable experience.

A dream right in the Caribbean Sea

Curaçao

In the marvellous island of Curaçao, this house will be the launch pad for exploring the surroundings, enjoying the sea or just admiring the beach from the chill-out zone.

Discover the Island of Formentera

Formentera

This home is perfect for getting to know the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters which make Formentera the jewel of the Mediterranean

Don’t miss the magic of Turkey

Turkey

From this incredible terrace you can relax and admire the sunset after a full day at the beach.

Good morning Mykonos!

Mykonos

Greece, and its innumerable beaches on marvellous islands, is the perfect place to spend your holiday. This home overlooking the sea is the place where you could stay.

How did these places seem to you? At MyTwinPlace you can find many more destinations and a variety of beach houses available for exchange. Don’t miss them!

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