Despite my best resolves to stay within the US and save money, I keep getting these offers from wonderful places.
I will be home exchanging in Scandinavia for 6 weeks from about July 8-August 17, 2012. When you go abroad for more than 4 weeks, you generally have to do more than one home exchange. I will be going to Fredrikstad, Norway, for the first exchange and Talby, Sweden, for the second one.
Fredrikstad is about 1 1/2 hours by train south of Oslo. I certainly will see Oslo, but am also considering the train to Bergen and Flam and a tour through one of the fiords (not the whole cruise up north). Talby is in the Stockholm suburbs and I am sure I will find plenty to do in Stockholm and the surrounding area.
I have already narrowed down the airfare choice and will be flying Icelandair. This time I might stop in Iceland for 3 days or so instead of just changing planes there. I can fly into Oslo and then home from Stockholm, so that bit will be taken care of. Between the two cities, I will use some sort of public transportation.
And, for November-December 2012, I have 2 exchanges in Australia. They are not "fixed" yet because they are so far out. I will probably get a ticket for that sometime around April or May.