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Intervac – the true sharing economy since 1953
We are all richer when we share!
Intervac – the true sharing economy since 1953
Pictures are a very important part of your Intervac listing. They show what your home and neighborhood is like and they present your family to our Intervac community.
There are 4 categories of photos in your listing:
All of these pictures show in your picture slideshow, following precisely that order: Home, Neighbourhood, Family, Lifestyle. If you have more than one listing, the photos in the Family and Lifestyle categories will show in all your listings.
Please note that when logged in you can view all the photos other members have on their slideshow. If you are not logged in, you will be considered as a Visitor (and not a Member) and for that reason only be able to view the ones selected by the member as Members & Visitors photos.
Adding more photos is a great way to provide more information to potential exchangers and increases the chances of you getting the home exchange you want.
To do this log in, and go to Member Home > My Listing > Change My Listing
Choose the category you want (Home, Family, Lifestyle or Neighbourhood)
You can add new photos by clicking the Upload photos button, you can add new pictures in the chosen category.
Please note photos need to be no bigger than 10MB. If your photo is bigger, we recommend that you use an online resizer tool to reduce its size to a maximum of 10MB (that is 10240 KB or less).
You can reorder the photos within the category by using the 4-headed arrow on the right and dragging the photo to where you want it.
If you click on Show to members only, the photo will be shown only to logged in members. If you click on Show to everyone, the photo will be shown to both members and visitors.
How about the main photo?
The main photo has a blog post dedicated to it. Read all about how to handle the main photo of your listing.
How can I delete photos?
To delete photos, simply follow these instructions.
How can I rotate photos?
To rotate photos that appear sideways or even upside down, follow these instructions.
Where did my neighborhood photos go?
All your photos show in your picture slideshow They appear in the order of the categories you uploaded them in: Home, Neighbourhood, Family, Lifestyle.
I see you have a caption on your main photo. How can I add one too?
Clicking the Edit Caption link will open this little dialog. Just type in the text you want for your caption but keep it under 128 characters. That’s the limit.
You know your listing looks much better with photos and the odds of getting that exchange you are looking for greatly increase. But maybe you want to delete some of your photos to upload new ones, more up-to-date.
Note: If you are considering deleting your photos because they are upside down or rotate, you don’t need to delete them. See here how to rotate your photos.
1 – Log in to your account and click on Change my listing
2 – Click on Home Photos & Texts
3 – Next to each photo you will find an icon to delete it (as shown in the screenshot below)
4 – Repeat for as many photos as you wish to delete
5 – Repeat also in the sections
If you are a trial member and want to upgrade to a full membership, here are step-by-step instructions.
1 – Log in at https://www.intervac-homeexchange.com/service/login
2 – Follow the Upgrade membership link right at the top of your dashboard/member home
3 – Select the duration of your membership. Please note that a full membership always starts at the end of your free membership period. To select the duration of your choice, press one of the blue Select buttons.
4 – Once the duration is selected, a yellow Go button will show further down. Click on that button to proceed.
5 – After this, the options will vary depending on the country and duration of membership selected. But if you wish to pay online, you can do so with your credit card or your PayPal account by selecting the blue with credit card button
If you still have questions, please contact your national representative. You’ll find their contact details here.
When browsing the listings of Intervac members, you might have come across some that mention being Past Members. These members no longer have a current membership with Intervac.
You can tell it is a Past Member because it shows a yellow “traffic light” saying Past member.
An active member can contact a past member. The idea is to provide an extra exchanging opportunity for both parties.
However, Past members cannot start new conversations and their ability to reply is limited. They can only answer back with a standard Yes / Maybe / No response.
When receiving an exchange request from another member, the Past member has several options. He can renew his membership and proceed to an exchange agreement.
He can also choose to stop receiving these offers from other members.
If you want to exclude Past members from your search, you simply have to activate the proper filter. Open the Preferences section of your filters and click on the checkbox Open for Exchange.
Welcome to the new year!
Where will you travel this year? Did you make an exchange agreement yet?
This is the perfect time to sit down and start planning. We offer you tips in this newsletter
20% discount for your friends and relatives with the promo code NEW2018. They simply need to use the code as they sign up for one year or more here (Ends 31st January 2018). Share with your friends and family.
You want to present an updated profile to potential exchange partners. Remember to refresh your pictures, details, destination wishlist, list of favourites etc.
Ana has visited Disneyland Paris with her royal family. They have shared their experience and hints with us. Find out how to make the most of time spent in the queues, where to find the best picnic spots and how to save cash. Read the full story
As parents of two little princesses, we had been dreaming of going to Disneyland for some time.
As we live in Europe, Disneyland Paris, formerly known as Eurodisney, was our choice.
The problem was the budget for it: Disney tickets alone are not cheap, looking for a Disneyland hotel or even a Paris hotel booking is a nightmare and then there were also the plane tickets.
We live on an island (Madeira Island, Portugal), so avoiding airfare costs was not an option. Fortunately, we found reasonable prices with the low-cost airline Transavia that flies directly to Paris from Madeira, but also from around 40 other locations in Europe.
The accommodation problem was the easiest for us to solve. I think most people start planning their Disneyland trip by analyzing Disneyland Paris packages. But not us 🙂 Were we going to look for Disneyland hotel deals? No! We had been Intervac members for many years and knew home exchange was the way to go. We just had to decide exactly where we wanted to exchange to and start sending out offers.
The decision was eventually for the area around Place de la Nation. This was the best for us because using the RER-A train we could get to Disneyland Resort Paris in about 30 minutes.
We could use the same train line or the subway to get to the tourist attractions of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, or the Arc de Triomphe in 15 to 30 minutes.
So that was the area we did a home exchange too. And that came with the added benefit of being in a residential area. We had several small supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants around our exchange apartment and even a very nice playground right out our door.
Doing a home exchange was a brilliant solution: it allowed us to stay in Paris for 2 full weeks and to go to Disneyland for 6 days. On the other days we explored Paris at the leisurely pace you take when you are on holidays with kids.
But let me get back to the Disneyland Paris tickets. If you are considering going to Disneyland Paris for 3 days or more, I highly recommend that you buy their Annual Pass (Passeport Annuel). It might seem an overkill to buy an annual pass to visit for 3, 4, 5 or 6 days, but it actually pays up if you do the math. Check out all the information on the official site Disneyland Paris http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/annual-passports/ and please note that the names and conditions for the passes changed on March 29, 2017.
These passes all need to be bought inside Disneyland itself. You can get a 10% discount if you have a sponsor (an Annual Passport holder). You can get all the information on this on the DLP Guide website http://www.dlpguide.com/planning/booking/annual-passports/ We also used their forum MagicForum to find a sponsor http://www.magicforum.eu/
After getting to Disneyland here is how we got our passes: we bought 1-day tickets at the gate, went to the Bureau Passeport Annuel, met our sponsors there and got our Annual Passes with the discount. The price for the 1-day tickets was fully refunded. The full process took us about 1 hour, but it was totally worth it: we went back in the Summer 2017 and used the same passes again 🙂
After getting in, we got our Disney Paris map (which includes the two parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios) and the programme for the shows and parades. They are both essential but the programme is the only one you can check online in PDF format (it changes weekly) http://download.disneylandparis.com/Disneyland-Paris_Shows-and-Parades.pdf.
The map can only be checked online in an interactive version (you won’t be able to print the Disneyland map if that is what you had in mind…).
A great addition to the map is the mobile app. Of course, you will need to have a tablet or smartphone with you (and Internet connection). We used the app a lot to check the wait time for attractions and decide where to go next http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/mobile-app/
The wait time shown at the entrance of the attractions and on the app seemed to be accurate and that was quite useful.
I have some more tips if you are visiting Disneyland Paris with kids.
And trust me, there will be waiting in line… Here are some ideas:
– Decide where to go next using the app or the map
– Talk: discuss how things were made or planned, ask the kids trivia questions about the Disney movies or shows they have watched
– Look: notice things around you together; the details, colours, look for hidden Mickeys
– Take pictures
Finally here are some specific attraction tips:
Our girls found it a bit frightening due to the loud noise and effects.
The official minimum height to drive is 1.32 m, but smaller kids can control the wheel, as long as an adult controls the speed pedal. Long queues, but our girls loved it!
Our girls loved this roller coaster and wanted to ride again! The adults also enjoyed it.
The vehicles spin during the main roller coaster section and it is lots of fun for kids and adults. Even our 4-year old loved it. The wait was quite big, but there is a specific app you can use on the waiting line(wi-fi and instructions available on-site).
Not that much fun… a basic ride and quite a long wait.
There is a maximum height to play of 1.40 m, but that is not strictly enforced. Our girls both had fun here while the parents had a bit of a rest (the oldest one was a bit over 1,40m).
Visitors may get slightly splashed from two small flumes… loads of fun in spite of the “scary” theme with lots of skeletons. We all loved this one!
This always had the longest waits (usually 90 to 120 minutes). We eventually got in when the line was “only” 45 minutes long. The queue is all inside the pavilion, so no rain or too much sun issues. The thing is that in the end, you basically take a picture with one of 2 princesses (you have information on which ones at the entrance). The princess does talk to you a bit, but when you don’t speak English or French that is not of much use. Still, our girls loved meeting Snow White and finding out she has a very high pitched voice! However, we had a much smaller queue to take pictures outside with Jasmine & Aladdin and with Aurora (from Sleeping Beauty).
This features an intense launch and three inversions. Even so, our 8-year old girl liked it because of the music and decorations.
This features a very intense launch and many inversions. Our 8-year old girl hated it, she found it really scary. This one is definitely geared at those looking for a thrill.
Very good motion-simulated flight guided by C3PO. A must if you are a Star Wars fan… but very worthwhile even if you are not. And you get to wear 3D glasses while waiting at your boarding gate 🙂
Our girls loved this drop attraction. A bit of wait, but having a Toy Story related theme helped.
Our girls hated this drop attraction. It was definitely too scary for them. The toy soldiers one is more kid-friendly.
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Login and click the link in this box on your member home page. Even if your membership is expired, you can still log in to your Intervac account anytime. Your listing, your messages and your favorites are all kept for you.
You can also renew before your membership expires. Some countries offer a discount if you renew on time, that is, before your membership expires.
You can renew ahead of time for up to 6 months before expiry: you get the rest of your current membership + your new membership to arrange unlimited home exchanges.
When you do click the renew link, you’ll be taken to a page where you choose your next membership. Some countries offer multiple year memberships. Start by clicking one of the blue Select buttons.
You will then see a yellow Go button appear below. Click on it and you’re on your way!
If you prefer to do your renewal via your national representative, you’ll find their contact details here.
Reaching the Platinum level at Intervac is, well, let’s be honest, mostly a lot of fun! Our platinum members have made at least 11 exchanges but we have some who are reaching for 100! Exchanges must be registered via our exchange agreement in order to update automatically.
Platinum members have made more than 11 exchanges. Some of them way more than 11 exchanges. We have platinum members with over 100 exchanges behind them. Some have been Intervac members for many, many years.
Lucky us to have so many precious gold members. They have all made between 6 and 10 exchanges. When you talk to them you’ll discover they are enthusiastic home exchangers and have plenty of great stories to tell.
Silver members have usually been swapping their homes for a couple of years. They have experience (3 – 5 exchanges). They have made the kinds of friends and memories that happen with home exchange.
These members have a bit of experience now and know the ropes. With 1 or 2 exchanges they have some stories and probably still have some questions.
These members are brand new to home exchange and have never swapped their house before. We appreciate their trust in our members and encourage experienced members to help out by making offers to new members.