Saturday, March 24, 2012

Affordable Travel at $20 a night?  Impossible?
I have just been watching a CTV program about fraudulent travel clubs who are ripping off people who want to travel affordably.  When I "googled"  travel or vacation club scams, I was stunned:  apparently there are scores of people who are being victimized by unscrupulous "clubs" which promise cheap travel at unbelievable rates.  The slogans "do your due dilligence" or "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" still apply.  
Let me assure you:   Home Exchange and The Affordable Travel Club are too good to be believe.  One offers an opportunity to exchange your home for someone else's home,  the other charges you $60 a year to belong and then to benefit by arranging an overnight stay for a mere $20 a night.  Recently, my wife and I spent 4 nights in Adelaide, Australia and 4 nights in San Francisco, USA with wonderfully hospitable hosts for a mere $160. 00   That is,  $160 for 8 nights with breakfast and a glass of wine in the evening and a tour of the area thrown in!  There is, of course, always the possibility that we may get a call from someone in the world who wants to avail himself/herself of our hospitality at the same rate. And we will be more than ready to welcome them because of the many benefits we have already reaped from The Affordable Travel Club.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Those Poor People at the Hilton....

Both pictures epitomize what home exchange offers.   The first picture I saw one day when we traveled through the Karaburin Peninsula in Turkey: a beautiful scene of blooming poppies under the olive trees.  At first, I missed this shot because I did now wish to slow down.   The next day I decided to return to the site in the hope to being able to capture the scene again.... I was lucky.  The sun, the setting, everything was the way I had remembered it the day before!  Those poor people at the Hilton don't have this opportunity.   The other picture is of a meze or Turkish apetizer display with which our hosts in Istanbul presented us when we visited them at the end of our home exchange.   Our host had taken the trouble of copying the menu that the Turkish government had presented to Queen Elizabeth of England on her recent visit.  Sorry, you poor people at the Hilton... this is not the kind of hospitality and thoughtfulness you can expect, except on a home exchange.

Home Exchange is the affordable travel way to go.....!