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Through our new partnership with TRIPWIX, ThirdHome members will expand their international travel horizons. TRIPWIX offers a curated portfolio of personally inspected and hosted homes in hand-picked locations throughout the world.

TRIPWIX was created by three friends from different corners of the world, with one thing in common- they all loved to travel. We are excited to partner with TRIPWIX in uniting friends within the love of exploring our beautiful planet and opening more doors for our members all over the globe.

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The ThirdHome Team headed to Austin, Texas to mix & mingle with members, partners, and friends.

The ThirdHome Team headed to Austin, Texas to mix & mingle with members, prospective members partners, and friends. The ThirdHome community recently gathered in Austin, Texas to talk luxury travel, home exchange, and exciting plans for 2022. CEO & Founder Wade Shealy welcomed the guests inviting current ThirdHome members to share their home exchange memories with the group.

We were thrilled to share the stage alongside our Austin partners ABOVE, Legacy International, and Kuper Sotheby’s. And of course, it wouldn’t be a ThirdHome party without great live music. Austin’s own Drew Fish, of The Drew Fish Band entertained guests with his top hits. We had a fantastic turn out for a fun night at Barton Creek Country Club. 

Thank you to everyone who attended! We loved hosting this event and getting to see our members and friends in person after years of video calls. We plan to host more of these in several locations in the future!

2021 was a year of challenge and excitement for ThirdHome.

We want to thank each and every one of our members, supporters, partners, & friends for a fabulous year. We are so proud to share our growth with you and are excited for 2022!

A few other of our favorite highlights…

Frank and Pat Novak, members since 2018, visited Portugal with the help of the the Exchange Club and ThirdHome Custom Travel.

Portugal was always a destination we wanted to visit!

The allure of Portugal as a place less visited, less Americanized, full of interesting history, castles, cathedrals, and welcoming people made it intriguing. Our trip involved a 20-day curated trip with Liz Bates, through Portugal and the Azores wrapped around a 7-day stay at a ThirdHome property on the Southern coast. We had heard many good things about Portugal over the years. It appealed to us as a developed, safe, and modern nation yet still somewhat undiscovered and off the beaten path. It offered history, architecture, wine, cuisine and plenty of natural beauty in addition to 17 of the world’s 1,154 world heritage sights… and we were able to visit 7 on our particular itinerary.

Our trip included many wonderful highlights and every day was an exciting new adventure.

Beautiful medieval towns, gorgeous wine vineyards, new and wonderful foods and spirits (port is our new favorite drink), meeting the locals, and the joy of turning a corner and seeing a charming cobblestone street or magnificent terraced vineyards.  We unhurriedly sipped espresso and nibbled decadent pastries while deciding which site to visit next.  In no particular order we enjoyed the architecture, history, churches, castles, museums and outdoor cafes of Lisbon, Sintra, Porto, Braga and Óbidos; the wine and scenery of the Douro Valley and the Minho region, the natural beauty of Peneda-Geres National Park and the Azores’ San Miguel Island and, finally, the plentiful beaches, grottos and coastal towns of the Algarve.

When asked if there was one “WOW” moment or most memorable experience that stood out from all the others, we would have to say this is so hard… as the entire trip was awesome.  But here are a few…

  1. Relaxing in an infinity pool overlooking the Douro River while sipping wine (ahhh!)
  2. Driving impossibly twisted roads to arrive at a vineyard for a picnic lunch that Renoir would have loved to have painted.
  3. Staying at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel inside the most gorgeous botanical garden in the world on San Miguel located in the Azores.
  4. Once again sipping Portuguese wine while watching a brilliant sunset over the city from a turret in the Pousada Castelo de Óbidos.

Our Exchange experience was also a wonderful highlight!

We started planning our trip about two years earlier, with the intent to center around all we wanted to do around our ThirdHome Exchange.  We targeted a few countries of interest so that when something became available we would be able to react quickly due to global challenges with the pandemic. Then we got the green light to go to Portugal and built out the trip from there with Liz’s help. As we learned more and more about all Portugal had to offer, our original Exchange stay of only seven days became 14, then 18, then 23.  We stopped ourselves at 27… yet we could have stayed longer!  

The ThirdHome Exchange house was fabulous.

Casa Bela Vista was conveniently located on a hillside of the Algarve coast of Portugal with a pool and a beautiful view of the Atlantic ocean.  We used it as a base, rented a car, and saw most of the Southern coast and nearby towns. It also served as a nice respite from travel earlier in the trip which tended to be two to four-day stops. After a couple of weeks traveling through Portugal, what a lovely relaxing home with everything we needed to unwind and set our suitcases down for a week. It was great to live like locals. By day we visited beautiful beaches, explored small fishing villages and lots of historical sites.  At the end of our leisurely paced day, we dined alfresco by the pool and enjoyed vibrant sunsets and of course more Portuguese wine!  The hosts, Heather and John, were very accommodating as was their property manager, Clara.

ThirdHome Custom Travel is the perfect complement for planning a standalone trip.

It truly maximizes the benefits of a ThirdHome Exchange. Liz is such a treasure and was an invaluable resource in helping us design our trip to suit our personal preferences, helped us sort through the information overload from the internet, and provided insights that only an experienced and well-connected travel advisor would provide. She helped every step of the way with planning our itinerary to help us fully immerse ourselves in Portugal. It was a remarkable trip and Liz maneuvered us through the maze of on again-off again COVID restrictions, requirements and risks  –  that all this in itself could be an entire newsletter.

We would rate the entire experience as certainly a five star one!

Interested in booking an Exchange stay with the help of ThirdHome Custom Travel? Click here to learn more and get in touch with our Director of Adventures & Custom Travel, Liz Bates.

What are ThirdHome members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Canada and Florida?

ThirdHome Exchange members recently returned from Minden, Canada and Destin, Florida. Keep reading to learn about their ThirdHome travel experiences!

Sunset Luxury Cottage | Minden, Canada

Sitting on three serene and private Acres, this lakefront home is the perfect blend of rustic living with all the modern amenities one could ask for! Sunset Luxury Cottage sits on a stunning perch above Canning Lake, which is part of the Five Lake Kashawigamog Chain. Boasting 4 bedrooms, this beautiful cottage is sure to give you the best of lakefront fun and relaxation!

ThirdHome member David says, “What an incredible setting. Sunset Cottage was the ideal spot for us to get away from it all. We loved our time in front of the fire, inside and out. The hot tub on the dock was an experience to be remembered – sunsets and stars.” Click here to read more of David’s review.

Silver Shells Penthouse 5 | Destin, Florida

Retreat to the Sunshine’s State Gulf Coast for a luxurious beach escape to the stunning white sand beaches and protected dunes that define the region. Experience the 31-acre beachfront community of Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa, with its gorgeous Lagoon Pool, Sand Bar and onsite Ruth Chris Steakhouse, all bordering the pristine setting of Henderson Beach State Park. Spend your days boating on the Emerald Coast and return to this beachy 3-bedroom abode each evening!

ThirdHome member Jeff says, “What an amazing week in Destin! The Weather was perfect and this 3 bedroom penthouse work ideally for my family to gather. The residence was very roomy to accommodate 6 adults and 3 babies. The pool is large and easy to get to and the Beach is excellent along with the tiki bar for drinks. Private parking for 2 cars in a private garage directly below on the parking level. Very safe and secure! Location is perfect! would diffidently stay again!” Click here to read more of Jeff’s review.

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next ThirdHome Exchange trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about ThirdHome.

ThirdHome makes the cut in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards survey!

Keep reading to learn how to vote for ThirdHome and enter the sweepstakes to win a dream getaway with Viking Cruises!

Condé Nast Traveler asked readers to participate in the first Readers’ Choice Awards survey over 3 decades ago. It was created so they could learn more about where their readers had recently vacationed, which destinations were next on their bucket lists and all their favorite travel necessities. Your favorite destinations and travel stables need your love more than ever this year! ThirdHome is thrilled to be a part of it in the Homestays & Villa Rentals category once again and would love for members to consider voting for ThirdHome!

If ThirdHome is one of your favorite ways to travel, and we sure hope it is, keep reading to find out how to vote in the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards Survey. By taking the survey, you enter Condé Nast Traveler‘s sweepstakes to win a dream getaway for two with Viking Cruises!

Step 1: Click here to visit the Condé Nast Traveler‘s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards website

Step 2: Create an account or “Sign In”.

Step 3: Click on our category, “Homestays & Villa Rentals”!

CNT 2019 Readers' Choice Awards

Step 4: Fill out the form pictured below to begin the survey. Make sure to check the box at the end of this page if you’d like to be entered in the Condé Nast Traveler‘s sweepstakes! (if you already have an account, you will skip this form)

CNT 2019 Readers' Choice Awards

Step 6: Rate ThirdHome on bookability, customer service, photos/information, portfolio, website, and variety.

CNT 2019 Readers' Choice Awards

Step 7: Travel has changed over the last year due to COVID-19. Vote based on how ThirdHome adjusted to these changes.

Step 8: Have you traveled with us in the last year?

Step 9: Last but not least, write a few sentences about your best ThirdHome experience and why you’re voting!

Conde Nast Travler 2019 Readers' Choice Awards

Click “Submit” to cast your vote!

After taking these steps and completing the survey, you’re all finished! ThirdHome is thrilled to be included in Condé Nast Traveler‘s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. Voting closes May 31st, 2021. Thank you for reading and voting!

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about ThirdHome.

What are ThirdHome members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to South Carolina and Florida?

ThirdHome Exchange members recently returned from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Keep reading to learn about their ThirdHome travel experiences!

Myrtle Beach Beachfront Mansion | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Experience beachfront luxury in one of the most beautiful homes on the Carolina Coast! This stunning four-bedroom, five-bathroom home has its own private beach access and gated pool. Guests are greeted by a gorgeous fountain and magnificent staircase upon arrival. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset each day from the spacious back patio, and be sure to look out for dolphins as they jump in the surf!

ThirdHome members David and Katrina say, “Wow! We enjoyed the most memorable week at this lovely home located directly on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront!. You can feel the owners’ charm and warm hospitality in every nook of this lovely French chateau-themed home.” Click here to read more of David and Katrina’s review.

Chanel Court – 30A | Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

This adorable beach home is located in the heart of Seagrove, a small beach community on 30A. Guests find themselves in a world filled with lush oak trees and grand magnolias, yet still close enough to the beach you can smell the salt in the air. Nestled on 2,600-square-feet and tucked away in a picture-perfect neighborhood, this five-bedroom home boasts an ambiance of simple beachside elegance.

ThirdHome member Jane says, “This home couldn’t have been more perfect for our grandsons’ (ages 10 & 6) Spring Break! First time in this beach community on the Gulf. Beautiful white sand and cute beach towns along 30A with plenty of shopping and good food.” Click here to read more of Jane’s review.

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next ThirdHome Exchange trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about ThirdHome.

More flexibility, more travel.

ThirdHome members can now request flexible dates when requesting a stay from a property.

Requesting a week from a specific property is no longer confined to a property’s “rental basis.” This new feature allows a guest member to select 3-14 nights from a calendar instead of the typical 7-night stay. See the examples below to learn how it works!

1. Click on the “Request Week” button on the desired property page.

2. Select the dates you would like to request. Members are able to request 3-14 nights.

3. Once the dates are selected, the user can select the number of Keys they’d like to offer for the stay, the number of guests, and an optional personalized message. Make sure to click submit!

4. Members can easily review their pending requests and pasts requests on the User Dashboard. Simply click on the “Requests” tab.

Once the request has been submitted, the owner of the property has up to 72 hours to respond to the request. This feature is currently only available to standalone homes and not partnership properties.

For any questions regarding this new feature, please contact the Member Experience Team by email at or call 833-682-7264.

Click here to start browsing for your next luxury home exchange trip with ThirdHome!

What are ThirdHome members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Puerto Vallarta and The Bahamas?

ThirdHome Exchange members recently returned from fabulous luxury villas in Puerto Vallarta and The Bahamas. Keep reading to learn about their ThirdHome travel experiences!

Villa Azul Celeste Luxury Beachfront Villa| Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Villa Azul Celeste is a three bedroom, three bathroom home located directly on Bay of Banderas and offers incredible ocean vistas and a personal staff to make your stay carefree. The courtyard entry leads to an exquisitely furnished spacious villa with 4,000 square feet of interior space and an additional 2,000 square feet of terraces, gardens and a heated infinity edge pool. COVID testing is easily accessible privately at the villa to keep every guest’s health and safety top of mind.

ThirdHome member Kevin says, “This home is incredible. The location is ideal. But what makes the entire visit so special is the kind and friendly staff that attend to your every need with a happy smile.” Click here to read more of Kevin’s review.

Pinders Beachfront Villa and Cottage| Long Island, Bahamas

Step into this art and light-filled Abaco-style estate with relaxing views from every room. This four bedroom, four bathroom beachfront home offers a fantastic open floor plan with mahogany kitchen cabinets and countertops and stainless steel appliances. The living room is designed with a sense of “barefoot elegance ” as it opens onto a huge screened porch with ample seating for outdoor dining and entertainment. Relax and enjoy this island escape during your next stay with ThirdHome.

ThirdHome member Charles says, “5+ stars. Our family had a memorable stay at the Pinders Beachfront Villa and Cottage. The home and cottage are beautiful (amazing art and decor) and have everything you might need to enjoy a relaxing stay on Long Island. Stephan was very responsive throughout the planning process and Cheryl on island as well if we had any issues with our stay.” Click here to read more of Charles’ review.

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next ThirdHome Exchange trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about ThirdHome.

What are ThirdHome members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Secret Bay in Dominica and the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas?

ThirdHome Exchange members recently returned from Secret Bay in Dominica and the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas. Keep reading to learn about their ThirdHome travel experiences!

Secret Bay – Hillside Ti-Fèy Villa | Portsmouth, Dominica

The Hillside Ti-Fèy Villas at Secret Bay feature a two-story design with a private plunge pool, an outdoor rain shower cantilevered off the second floor, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, gourmet kitchens and every modern amenity one could desire. This villa specifically offers 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms within 1,300 square-feet of jungle-inspired luxury space. Explore the lush nature around you as you immerse yourself in island living!

ThirdHome member Martha says, “I almost did not want to review Secret Bay because it was so amazing that I wanted to keep it a secret but I realized that the resort deserves a five star review. Let me just start with how hesitant we were feeling about traveling to Dominica during this pandemic with all the restrictions and with the new rule of having to have a negative COVID test before returning back to the US. We spoke to the reservations manager at Secret Bay and she assured us that we would be able to do as much as we were allowed to do (safely) and made sure we would be able to get our COVID test results back in time to be able to fly back home (results came back in just a little over 24 hours!). After arrival at the airport we were greeted by Tyrone, one of the Secret Bay drivers who ended up driving us to most of our excursions. He had local snacks for us to enjoy on the beautiful ride to the resort…. ” Click here to read more of Martha’s review.

The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club| St. Thomas, USVI

Find inspiration for relaxation on the sandy white beaches of St. Thomas. Experience understated luxury and graceful service while staying at the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club in a gorgeous 2-bedroom suite. Guests are welcome to a cliff-side massage, a dip in one of the many pools, mouth-watering cuisine at plenty of elegant restaurants, or a sunset catamaran cruise any evening!

ThirdHome member Matthew says, “The Ritz-Carlton Club is my go-to spot to recharge and rejuvenate! My recent stay was just as wonderful as the previous ones. This time, though, I got to enjoy the brand new family pool complete with a water slide and luxurious shade cabanas! I am glad to report that I was impressed with the COVID-19 protocols in place and felt safe for the duration of my stay.” Click here to read more of Matthew’s review.

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next ThirdHome Exchange trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about ThirdHome.

This ThirdHome Travel Tool just got an upgrade.

Saved Searches are an important feature when it comes to members finding their next exciting trip with ThirdHome. Users can set up unlimited Saved Searches for a particular trip, their favorite destinations, or specific travel windows. They can be as broad or as narrow as the member would like! When an available stay enters the system that fits the Search’s criteria, the member is notified by email, text, or both. Keep reading to learn more about the new updates to the Saved Search feature and why it’s a vital tool!

Setting up a Saved Search begins on the Browse Homes page after logging in. Members will see two new buttons below the search bar that say “Your Searches” and “Save Search” with a star icon.

Please note: The “Your Searches” button will only appear if you have existing Saved Searches.


A Saved Search for Charleston, South Carolina in March of 2023 is shown below. Once the parameters are typed in the search bar and the results show, click on “Save Search.” The star icon will turn gold to signify the new Saved Search.

To un-save the Search, simply click the button again. The star icon will turn grey.

While browsing for homes, members can see their other Saved Searches. Click on the “Your Searches” button to view other current searches.

Members will then view a drop-down menu with their searches listed by their criteria. Click on any option to quickly view the current results for that Saved Search.

Members are also able to view their Saved Searches from their Member Dashboard by simply clicking “Saved Searches.” From there, users can make changes to any of their Searches or easily remove them. Members can also update their notification settings by clicking on “Manage Notification Preferences.”

Users can also access their Saved Searches by clicking on the profile image in the top right-hand corner to display the drop-down menu. Then, simply click “Saved Searches.”

Members, be sure to check both text (U.S., Mexico & Canada only) and email notifications to stay up to date on your Saved Searches!

Saved Searches are one of the most valuable tools for ThirdHome members because it constantly does the searching FOR them! If an available stay is deposited into the system and meets a Saved Search’s criteria, the member will either get a text, email, or both to alert them. All they have to do is click the link and reserve! Members can sit back, relax, and let the Saved Search feature find their next luxury home exchange stay.

If you’re wondering how to set up your text notifications, learn how by clicking here. For any questions regarding Saved Searches or anything ThirdHome, contact the Member Experience Team at

Ready to create your next Saved Search or browse for new stays? Click below! You must be logged in to view availability.

What are ThirdHome members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Huntington Beach, California and La Punta, Mexico?

ThirdHome Exchange members recently returned from Huntington Beach and La Punta. Keep reading to learn about their ThirdHome travel experiences!

Huntington Beach Retreat | Huntington Beach, California

This home is the ultimate beach retreat for friends and family! Escape to this gorgeous and perfectly appointed oasis that is only steps from the beach. It is also in perfect proximity to the lively restaurants and shops of Main Street and the iconic Huntington Beach pier! With 4 bedrooms and plenty of entertainment space, any guests will feel comfortable and will easily enjoy their stay at Huntington Beach Retreat with ThirdHome.

ThirdHome member Karla says, “My family enjoyed a week at this lovely home in mid-October of 2020. This home is spectacular! Well appointed, classy furnishings and a spacious well equipped kitchen added to our enjoyment. The layout of the home allows for plenty of privacy but the large living room allowed all of us to be together in one spot. The outdoor fire pit was a hit and our group could be found around it most evenings. ” Click here to read more of Karla’s review.

Casa Sueños| La Punta, Mexico

This sensational, 5-bedroom home sits on 10,000 square-feet of tropical luxury and goes by the name of “Casa Sueños”. Take in the gorgeous sunsets every evening, breathtaking views and pure relaxation during your stay at Casa Sueños! The stunning private pools and outdoor entertaining spaces are yours to enjoy. From the kitchen to every bedroom, this home is filled with lavish and remarkable furnishings to make any guest feel like royalty!

ThirdHome member Julie says, “I can’t say enough about Casa Sueños. The photos don’t do it justice. There are two swimming pools that kids just loved to play in. Every evening you get to watch the sun dip into the ocean and get a spectacular light show in the sky. We hired a yoga instructor to come daily and finished just in time for the sunset.” Click here to read more of Julie’s review.

Members, click here to view all available weeks and plan your next ThirdHome Exchange trip. Remember, you must be logged in to your account to see availability.

Want more information about our Exchange Club? Click here to learn more about ThirdHome.

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