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The International Exchange

The Swappers:
Lauren Feighan, a university administrator, loves to travel and has long considered—but never participated in—a home exchange.

Their place:
A one-bedroom, one-bath, fourth-floor walk-up on the Lower East Side.

A private outdoor space is preferred but not a deal-breaker.

Option A:
Colle di Tora, Italy
A rustic, converted one-bedroom stone barn on Lake Turano in a tiny medieval town, about an hour’s drive from Rome. Boasts two terraces, plus a garden with lemon trees.

Option B:
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A two-bedroom apartment with a balcony in the heart of the city, within striking distance of street markets, malls, restaurants, and nightlife. Every room, save for the kitchen, has a ceiling fan, and a housekeeper comes weekdays to tidy up.

Option C:
A renovated two-bedroom apartment in a seventeenth-century building, with beamed ceilings, a full kitchen (Bosch oven, dishwasher), and a washer-dryer. It’s in the fashionable Marais neighborhood, near the Bastille and Place des Vosges.

Her pick:
Phnom Penh
“I hear amazing things about Cambodia,” says Feighan. “You’re whisked away just looking at pictures of it.”

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