NewsBytes : For 1st April, 2021
How about a CANADA exchange this year?
The Canadian Government currently advises our citizens against all but essential international travel. However, travel within Canada in the coming months appears to be a possibility and with that in mind, some members are making tentative plans for a CANADA exchange. To make it easier for these members to find each other, we are posting a CANADA Exchange List on the “Your HomeLink” section of our international website.
As a Canadian member you can notify us if you want your name included on this list.
Please CONTACT US with your full name/s as listed, plus your membership ID and location of your exchange home.
Corona-compliant vacation in your home – but not in your own
Vacation – a word that is shooting even higher on the scale of longing than usual these days. Many people lack the prospect of a break from corona-related restrictions, but hardly anyone dares to plan or book. It is too imponderable whether the trip can even be started. What is still a niche offers itself as a real alternative: Home Exchange.
Enjoying the best weeks of the year in other people’s homes and at the same time providing your own living space for the same purpose – that is the idea behind HomeLink, a non-profit association that offers a platform to all those willing to exchange for a membership fee.
“This is based on the idea of an international exchange of cultures and more international understanding,” explains Marie Murphy of HomeLink Ireland. “But of course, many people also swap with each other within the countries. In times of Corona, it is hardly possible to have a safer vacation, because the vacationers live alone in their domicile. Almost all members report enthusiastically about their experiences.”
The idea originated in New York in 1953, today the network is spread over 60,000 exchange offers in over 70 countries. Around 10 million exchanges have been organized so far. A 12-month membership costs about 150 Canadian Dollars, there are no additional costs if the living space is swapped. There is hardly any cheaper vacation.
“If you want to protect the climate as well as infection, you can swap your car with some exchange partners and take the train to your holiday destination. That saves fuel and stress,” suggests Murphy. In her opinion, HomeLink is fundamentally, and again this year the best, way to travel. After all, everyone is only asked to stay at home. But it doesn’t have to be your own.
“STAY CLOSE TO HOME” Home Exchange
With the official advice being to stay at home, spring and summer holiday plans are uncertain. Overseas travel is likely to be affected for some time, so why not think about making some tentative plans a bit closer to home? A Canadian exchange could be a great opportunity to explore another part of our beautiful country. You could agree to a tentative exchange now and then wait and see how the situation develops over the coming months before finally deciding whether to go ahead. To do this, members need to add Canada (or specific locations/provinces/cities within Canada) to the Dates & Destinations section of your listing.
BULLETIN issued to all HomeLink Canada members on March 15, 2020
Dear HomeLink Canada Members,
At the moment many of you may be concerned about the Coronavirus and the impact that may have on your HomeLinking travel plans and those of your exchange partner. HomeLink therefore suggests the following:
- that you first consider your own personal situation e.g. age, medical condition, the virus situation in the destination/country where you have arranged an exchange, and any special travel restrictions affecting you, etc.,
- discuss these considerations with your exchange partner and try to reach an arrangement as to how best to deal with the exchange, keeping in mind all local advice from the Health Authority and the Government.
Given this unprecedented occurrence, be assured that whatever agreement you reach with your exchange partner, there will be no negative consequences in relation to your status or membership with HomeLink.
Membership RENEWAL advisory issued to all current HomeLink members within 7 and 30 days of their membership term expiration.
Your current HomeLink membership will expire in 7 (or 30) days. Renew before your membership expiry date and benefit from our special renewal offers! Learn more by clicking on RENEW.
We understand you might be unsure about your travel plans as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves. However, if you have arranged an exchange and are due to travel within the next month or two, please do keep in contact with your exchange partner and if necessary and if at all possible, agree on the alteration of your dates.
Please note that our Renewal reminder emails are sent to members automatically prior to the expiry date of your membership, so we hope you are not offended at receiving them at this time. They are sent to ensure that you are aware of the reduced renewal rate available to our valued members and to give you the option to renew.
Extra Time required?
Should you have to cancel your exchange due to the current travel restrictions, please do contact us if you need extra free time added to your HomeLink membership. If members have up-to-date travel insurance you may qualify for a refund for expenses incurred, so do contact your insurer, your credit cardprovider, or airline for more information.
If you have any questions relating to your exchanges please do contact us at email@example.com or telephone us at 604-987-3262 and we will do our best to assist. Meanwhile, please follow the guidelines issued by the Federal Government regarding CoronaVirus , Health and Travel updates , Travel advisory and the World Health Organisation WHO .
Above all, do look after your own health and wellbeing and stay safe.
Leanne and Jack “Dad” Graber
Your HomeLink Team Canada
Welcome to the wonderful world of home exchange!
Welcome to HomeLink … we’ll be thrilled to have you stay with us!
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