One year we vacationed with friends in a condo in the Florida Keys. That trip was definitely a highlight in our travel portfolio, however, I learned something on that trip! Though we had a lovely condo, glistening pool and pier to the ocean within eye sight, I still needed to have quiet activities for when we were too hot and tired to go outside.
I learned that having games, books, puzzles and quiet activities on hand was a very important aspect of our travel times together.
The great thing about a home exchange is that all of these things are at your fingertips especially in a homeschooling families home -- and you don't have to worry about packing them! Gotta love it!