Flexibility an essential key to home exchange! and I will say it again Flexibility is an essential key to home exchange!!!
Yes, yes I know this, but was totally reminded again (and again) this past year as we tried to arrange four different exchanges to particular places at particular times. A wedding, an out-of-state birthday party, a gymnastics competition and a conference. We made lots of inquiries, and had a few interested parties, but none were able to travel on our time frame :(
However, if you can be flexible when you make inquiries, then upon finding an interested family you will most likely be rewarded with an exchange.
This is where hospitality exchange is a wonderful asset to a home exchange site's portfolio. When you have host families willing to offer a spare bedroom, basement or RV this can be a great blessing to traveling families. On our site, I'm excited to say that about 1/3 of our families are open to hosting your family when you're "in the Neighborhood!"
Isn't that exciting?? It was too bad for us however, that none of these lovely families lived where we needed to go.
Hopefully this year we'll get to host and be hosted! I'm looking forward to meeting some of you!