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Please scroll down to find items of importance for HomeLinkers. Creating a listing, finding an exchange and many other helpful hints for great holidays

Exchanging homes is a unique concept that controls its own quality.
It works by having quality homes or Holiday homes in Tourist areas or main centres at home or abroad.
Now is the time to plan your accommodation free holiday

Please scroll down to find items of importance for HomeLinkers. Creating a listing, finding an exchange and many other helpful hints for great holidays

Exchanging homes is a unique concept that controls its own quality.  It works by having quality homes or Holiday homes in Tourist areas or main centres at home or abroad.  Now is the time to plan your accommodation free holiday
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See our World wide network for HomeLink Members

HomeLink is the only Home Exchange network to have representatives in 27 countries around the world.
All our representatives speak English but this means that you can contact them in your native language.

We can easily be contacted by email at any of our offices so you can be reassured of local contact in any holiday destination.
Each country works independently for their Members and together we enable wonderful holidays
N.B. Some of these HomeLink Organisers represent more than one country.

AUSTRALIA



Sarah Cooke
homelinkaus@gmail.com

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See our World wide network for HomeLink Members

HomeLink is the only Home Exchange network to have representatives in 27 countries around the world.  All our representatives speak English but this means that you can contact them in your native language.   We can easily be contacted by email at any of our offices so you can be reassured of local contact in any holiday destination. Each country works independently for their Members and together we enable wonderful holidays 

N.B. Some of these HomeLink Organisers represent more than one country.

AUSTRALIA 
 
Sarah Cooke
homelinkaus@gmail.com

SWITZERLAND 
 
Marie-Paule Loye
info@homelink.ch

BELGIUM

Jan Kluessendorf
huisruil@taxistop.be

CANADA

Leanne Graber
info@homelink.ca
DENMARK

Peter Eberth
info@boligbytte.dk
ESTONIA

Sandra Meigas
info@homelink.ee
GERMANY

Mandfred Lypold
info@homelink.de
FRANCE

Lilli Engle
info@homelink.fr
IRELAND

Paul & Marie Murphy
info@homelink.ie
ITALY
Presidente
Giovanni Pujatti
info@homelink.it
NETHERLANDS

Inga de Ruiter
info@holidaylink.com
NEW ZEALAND

Valerie & John Martin
homelinkaunz@gmail.com

 

 

 

NORWAY

Arne Haukeland
post@boligbytte.no
SOUTH AFRICA

Avril Mitchley
avril@southafrica.com
SPAIN

Gerry Gomez
info@spainlink.net
TURKEY

Samim Er
info@homelinkturkey.com

UK

Caroline Connolly
mail@homelink.org.uk



USA

Karl & Katie Costabel
homelink.us@gmail.com
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Facebook

How about a home exchange to the Baltic Sea? The coastal town of Sopot is just half an hour from Gdansk in Poland. This lovely apartment is just 300m from the beach... All sorts of holidays on our Facebook page. Places you may never have thought of. Click the Facebook icon and find out !

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How about a home exchange to the Baltic Sea? The coastal town of Sopot is just half an hour from Gdansk in Poland. This lovely apartment is just 300m from the beach... All sorts of holidays on our Facebook page. Places you may never have thought of. Click the Facebook icon and find out !
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November Newsletter 2021




Dear Members, Former Members and anyone who loves value for money safe and secure holidays in fabulous holiday destinations Do you feel as I do that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The rest of the World is getting on with things and so will we.

HomeLinkers well know, exchanging homes is about planning ahead and this is what we need to do right now.
When we are all vaccinated, we will just get on with doing the things we love.
Who remembers the vaccination cards we travelled with years ago?? Yellow fever, cholera &...

November Newsletter 2021

 



Dear Members, Former Members and anyone who loves value for money safe and secure holidays in fabulous holiday destinations

Do you feel as I do that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The rest of the World is getting on with things and so will we. 
HomeLinkers well know, exchanging homes is about planning ahead and this is what we need to do right now.
When we are all vaccinated, we will just get on with doing the things we love.  Who remembers the vaccination cards we travelled with years ago?? Yellow fever, cholera & polio I seem to remember !

Valerie, John & Sarah 


The big bonus

You never have to worry about possible cancellations, refunds or lost money.  You simply contact your exchange partner & rearrange………Easy      


Apprehensive?   

Like all of us who have gone through this pandemic, you feel safe in your own home.   Why not feel safe in someone else’s home and holiday there.   It’s much less intimidating than being in a busy hotel or touring with a group or being on a cruise ship.

HomeLink Local is obviously the way to start

Local exchanges have been very popular in both Australia and NZ when rules have permitted
Renew now and have your Membership extended
If you are a former Member your listing remains as you left it.  Why not Rejoin and see your year turn  into 13months !

 


Please help us

Like all tourism businesses we have suffered a  downturn which was inevitable.   We can help you if you help us.  If you have a friend who loves holidays and has a home in a tourist area or main centre you can introduce them to HomeLink and gain yourself 3 months extension to your Membership. 
The more members we get the more HomeLink holidays for you.  Introduce 4 new Members and get a free year !


JOIN NOW                                             RENEW

SEARCH FOR EXCHANGE                    EXTEND YOUR FREE TRIAL   



Valerie, John & Sarah

Your HomeLink Team
Working together
Orewa Beach, Auckland


Search for an exchange & join HomeLink: www.homelink.org
Search for information:                                 www.homelink.org.nz  
Contact us                                                     
TRADITIONAL SERVICE & QUALITY SINCE 1953

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Home away from home in Royal Deeside

Recollections of 30 years of exchanging homes with HomeLink
Exchanging homes is a unique concept that controls its own quality.





It works by having quality homes or holiday homes and Registered Members in tourist spots or main centres.

Without exception the people we have met and exchanged with since 1993 have been respectful caring and generous people. This is the reassurance that people want when they are on holiday.

HomeLink has been operating since 1953 and our nearly 30 years of exchanging homes has been full of interest...

Home away from home in Royal Deeside

Recollections of 30 years of exchanging homes with HomeLink


Exchanging homes is a unique concept that controls its own quality.   

   It works by having quality homes or holiday homes and Registered Members in tourist spots or main centres.

Without exception the people we have met and exchanged with since 1993 have been respectful caring and generous people. This is the reassurance that people want when they are on holiday.

HomeLink has been operating since 1953 and our nearly 30 years of exchanging homes has been full of interest and has been the best possible outlet for our love of travelling. It furnishes aspects of travelling and friendships that you cannot find with any other travel experience.


We have lost track of the number of exchanges we have had but it must be way up in the 70’s. We look forward to a positive future .

We have wonderful memories 

 

 

The Big


It had 14 bedrooms, servants quarters, a ballroom, stuffed birds including the local Capercaillie and  a bar and was set in 200 acres of woodlands with 2 trout ponds and 2 crofters cottages. It had been purchased by a wealthy retired couple who enjoyed our much more modest home in rural Manukau. Our home was the perfect setting for the lady who unexpectedly had surgery in Auckland and spent the time in our home recuperating !!

Before the days of Mobile phones & Google maps, this property was big enough to feature in the pages of UK Road Maps.

This Victorian mansion which was to be our exchange home for the next three weeks was eerily quiet as we explored. A bedroom was prepared for our use, a welcome meal in the fridge and a bottle of wine, as is customary in all exchanges was there.  It was really all we needed as we prepared to enjoy being the sole occupants of this unique property. By prior agreement we fed the trout daily!

The river Dee  and  Balmoral Castle were just a short drive down the road.

The Small


It was the holiday home of an English couple in the hills just east of Rome.  It was 400 hundred years old and tiny.  It had been beautifully restored and had an original spiral staircase going from the basement and up  4 Stories in all. 

The tiniest bit was the kitchen which had all  mod cons but you almost needed to exit the kitchen to turn around.  We arrived on the celebration of Corpus Christi and the main street was covered in flowers. Beautiful.

Our Exchange host told us it was difficult to communicate with the locals as they didn’t speak Italian, only a local dialect.   It was the perfect venue for 2 weeks exploration of Rome and L’Aquila .

The Curious


“Would you like to go to Tucson Arizona and look after a dog” my husband called out.  “Not sure” I replied. 

We had no plans for the year so decided to give it a go.  It turned out to be one of the most interesting holidays we have had.  It was a substantial modern home set in 10 acres of desert  and we were there for the flowering of the cactus. 

This area was full of interest. It had a small lake close to the house and  we sat  in the evenings by  the living room window and watched the desert animals evening ritual of coming to drink.  Animals we had only seen in Westerns, coyotes, road runners, big horn sheep. 

There was a notice by the back door “If you see a diamond backed rattlesnake or Tarantula’ please ring this number and they will take them out to the wild desert for release.”  We did.  We saw  rattlesnake through the screen door and duly had it caught and delivered,  but that’s too a long story ! 

We loved the amazing hummingbirds which spent a lot of time on the jasmine by the back door

The Friendships


St Carne is a  small town in Brittany.  We had an instant rapport with Giselle who was a retired teacher of English.  We loved the Dinan area so much that we returned and had a enjoyable reunion with our friend Giselle.  She invited her sister & her granddaughter for lunch and we learnt how to make Galettes.

Our exchange home on this second visit, 2 years later  was to Le Mesurier, a village so small that there was a main street and nothing much else.  It was another  one of the ancient villages that encircle the small town of Dinan. 

Our exchange house had over the door  :”L’ancienne Epicerie”,  the old grocers shop.  It was built in the 1700’s.    It was owned by a Brit who bought it from a French interior designer who renovated it in the French Provincial style but leaving the amazing tiled floors and  the original tortuous spiral staircase intact.

This exchange changed my life and I have learnt how to renovate our furniture  in the traditional French style with wax and chalk paint.

The Biggest  Bonus

You pay nothing for your HomeLink holiday.

Every holiday saves you a great deal of money  but the biggest bonus by far for us was a whole month in a four bedroom house in a posh suburb of Paris on the metro line where we must have saved many thousands of dollars.  We enjoyed some serious Paris study.  The home  was owned by  a Parisian Doctor of Medicine  who liked unusual travel experiences.  He and his wife spent a week in Iceland touring on recumbent tricycles  on their  way to NZ.  Their first port of call in NZ was White Island.

The Extras

We are now in our 80’s.  Still dreaming of more travels but Local of course at present.  Had a recent message from a Member who wanted a dog looked after for 3 weeks.  A seaside holiday in the  Bay of Plenty  sounded good and  off we went last  month.   The dog was well  looked after by us as was the home and we had another lovely holiday.

Please read all aboutHomeLink  New Zealand and enjoy the endless possibilities.

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Find an exchange

SEARCH HERE for New Zealand or Australia exchanges
For an easy search simply
click SEARCH HERE,
put your countries name in the left hand box and view the choices. Click on the envelope icon to make contact with the Member.


For specific requirements click MORE FILTERS
When travel is back...

Find an exchange

SEARCH HERE for New Zealand or Australia exchanges

 For an easy search simply  click SEARCH HERE,  put your countries name in the left hand box and view the choices. Click on the envelope icon to make contact with the Member.  


For specific requirements click MORE FILTERS  When travel is back to normal you can expand your horizons.

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12 Good reasons why you should join HomeLink

If your home or holiday home is in a Tourist area or main centre

and you love holidays here is why you should join HomeLink.
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HomeLink is the original Home Exchange company since 1953

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Locally operated in New Zealand for 25 years by Valerie & John
and Sarah

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Valerie & John have amassed over 70 exchanges round the world and will give you good advice.

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Quality homes in tourist areas or main centres

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Accommodation...

12 Good reasons why you should join HomeLink

If your home or holiday home is in a Tourist area or main centre  

and you love holidays here is why you should join HomeLink.


·        HomeLink is the original Home Exchange company since 1953

·        Locally operated in New Zealand for 25 years by Valerie & John  and Sarah

·        Valerie & John have amassed over 70 exchanges round the world and will give you good advice.

·        Quality homes in tourist areas or main centres

·        Accommodation Free Holidays

·        Traditional welcome meal for first night and welcome gift

·        Being met at the airport of train station is a bonus

·        Huge savings.  Estimated to be at least $12,000 for a 3 month trip to Europe

·        Fully equipped homes is a bonus with toys for children.  Books and games for you.

·        Extras by arrangement.  Pet care. Plant care, cars.  Just ask.

·        Learn about different cultures by being immersed in other communities.

·       Pssst... Once you join you may never leave.  It tends to be addictive !!


The really important thing is that you often makes friends for life and your house is safe in their hands.  In our many  years of running HomeLink we have never heard of a problem.


Contact us if you have any questions.

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Offers


Something for everyone here.
Members

We will add an extra month when you renew your Membership.
Members
who introduce a
new Member get 3 extra months .
N.B. Does not apply to Free Trial.
Members
- Your Membership can be put on hold in special circumstances such as travel restrictions
with the present Covid virus. Your present Membership, which may have a year left will be terminated and you can take up your year that is owing when the time is right.



Former Free Trial Members -

You can have an extra...

Offers

 Something for everyone here.


Members  We will add an extra month when you renew your Membership.


Members who introduce a  new Member get 3 extra months .  N.B. Does not apply to Free

Trial.


Members - Your Membership can be put on hold in special circumstances such as travel restrictions  with the present Covid virus. Your present Membership, which may have a year left will be terminated and you can take up your year that is owing when the time is right.  

Former Free Trial Members -   You can have an extra Free Trial month on request.  N.B. you must have a completed listing.

Former Members -  We will add an extra month when you renew your Membership.


 HomeLink Local is a bonus in itself at only $180 for a years subscription.

Please contact us to activate these offers      CONTACT US

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What is HomeLink Local?

HomeLink wants to help local Tourism and our New Zealand Members.
Our group of New Zealand members, most of whom love to travel overseas are, I am sure,
looking forward in these difficult times to enjoying Local Holidays.We will keep this option of Local travel until International travel is with us againThere are lots of opportunities in some fabulous tourist areas and cities. We can all help in some small way by supporting Tourist shops and restaurants and having an enjoyable holiday at 'Home'.
While we are restricted to Local travel
you can simply
enter...

What is HomeLink Local?

HomeLink wants to help local Tourism and our New Zealand Members. Our group of New Zealand members, most of whom love to travel overseas are, I am sure, looking forward in these difficult times to enjoying Local Holidays.We will keep this option of Local travel until International travel is with us again

There are lots of opportunities in some fabulous tourist areas and cities.

We can all help in some small way by supporting Tourist shops and restaurants and having an enjoyable holiday at 'Home'.  While we are restricted to Local travel  you can simply  enter New Zealand in the Search box  as described above .

Not a Member ?  Have a look at what is available and see if you would like to holiday with HomeLink, then click to JOIN or take a months FREE TRIAL

What's the catch ?.....

The only catch is that  you need  a home to exchange  preferably in a holiday area or a main centre because our Members are looking for a holiday.


If you have a Holiday Home or Motor Home you are in an unbelievable position because you can do non simultaneous exchanges so easily. You can add your Holiday home to your listing for no extra charge.  

Please tell your friends with Holiday homes about this great opportunity

 

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Visitors

See our holidays with a difference

We're not just about exchanging homes.
There are all sorts of other options available for you. These are just some of them. Some of them may involve an exchange some of them may not. Send them a message and find out.Use of Motorhome, boat, bicycles. Pet care. Plant care. Hospitality offered etc. etc.
Example of how to search for Members in New Zealand who offer 'Use of Bicycles'.
It may help you to search this way.Click 'Search Homes' to start. Put
New Zealand
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Visitors

See our holidays with a difference 


We're not just about exchanging homes. 

There are all sorts of other options available for you. These are just some of them. Some of them may involve an exchange some of them may not. Send them a message and find out.

Use of Motorhome, boat, bicycles. Pet care. Plant care. Hospitality offered etc. etc.


Example of how to search for Members in New Zealand who offer 'Use of Bicycles'.  It may help you to search this way.

Click 'Search Homes' to start.

Put  New Zealand  in the left box, nothing in the right  ->  Search  ->  More Filters  ->  Clear Filter  ->  Home for Exchange  ->  Use of Bicycles  ->  Apply  ->  Result ........  There are so many possibilities.


You can view the listings as a Visitor but to make contact with a Members you need to JOIN HOMELINK  or why not try our months FREE TRIAL then you can make contact !

Here is a sample search.  There are many more options.  Have a look at what is available in other countries.  There will be some interesting results.

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Dear Members please help us to help you

It is a challenge to advertise our wonderful HomeLink holidays and we are asking for your help so that we can help you.

It is difficult to convince an increasingly non trusting population that we have a group of like minded Members
who love taking holidays in the comfort of a home and not a hotel, motel or B&B






*To say that our holidays cost next to nothing makes it unbelievable for them.






*To say that you receive a gift, a welcome meal, many other extras...

Dear Members please help us to help you

It is a challenge to advertise our wonderful HomeLink holidays and we are asking for your help so that we can help you.

It is difficult to convince an increasingly non trusting population that we have a group of like minded Members  who love taking holidays in the comfort of a home and not a hotel, motel or B&B

        *To say that our holidays cost next to nothing makes it unbelievable for them.

        *To say that you receive a gift, a welcome meal, many other extras and a clean & tidy house at the end of it  makes it even more unbelievable.

        *To say that our Members have comfortable homes in Tourist areas cannot be believed at all!

        *  Why some of  the thousands of people with Holiday Homes don't use HomeLink for non simultaneous exchanges is beyond my comprehension!


We are so lucky but we need your help and here is how you can help us to help you.

Introduce a friend or family Member…………….

        *You get 3 months added to your Membership

        *More places for us all  to visit

        *More Members for us and more happy people

Your valuable Local knowledge may help us.  Do you know a Local publication where we can advertise. 

Please CONTACTUS if you have information that can help us.  Pssst.....  The photo is not us !

 

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