P418 Teletext on 4 418 Dec11 23:11:42       ———————————————————————————————  A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?  Could you let strangers live in your house for two weeks while you live in theirs - and call it a holiday? That's exactly what five British families did for the latest series of Home From Home. They swapped Surrey for Florida; Grimsby for Poland; San Francisco for Bury St Edmunds and Skegness for, er, the south of France. As we see, things didn't all go smoothly. ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— by Veronica Peerless FIND YOUR LOST LOVED ONES p151 Time TV today Entertainment Planet
P418 Teletext on 4 418 Dec11 23:17:14       ———————————————————————————————  A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?  The Jackson family swapped their Bodmin house for a holiday home in north eastern France. But it wasn't quite as they expected. For a start, the house wasn't owned by French people but a German family, the Fischoeders. And the house was two hours' drive from anywhere remotely interesting. So much so that the Jacksons came home early - before their guests had left. ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— Today on Channel 4 Guide 400 FIND YOUR LOST LOVED ONES p151 Time TV today Entertainment Planet
P418 Teletext on 4 418 Dec11 23:17:39       ———————————————————————————————  A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?  While the Jacksons' experience was rather eventful, home swapping can be a very rewarding way of taking a holiday. Homelink International is the oldest and largest home swapping agency in the world. It has swappers on its database from around 50 countries and more than 14,000 homes in the UK and abroad. According to Homelink, the vast majority of house swaps are extremely successful. ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— Sports on Channel 4 430 FIND YOUR LOST LOVED ONES p151 Time TV today Entertainment Planet
P418 Teletext on 4 418 Dec11 23:14:41       ———————————————————————————————  A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?  Problems when home-swapping are very few and far between, says Homelink's director Caroline Connolly. The company has a "best practice" code which outlines ways in which people can enjoy successful swaps. They advise asking lots of questions and exchanging e-mails and photos. You should notify your house insurer about the swap, and of course, clean your house well before your guests' arrival. ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— Latest Channel 4 Racing 438 FIND YOUR LOST LOVED ONES p151 Time TV tod!y Entertainment Planet
P418 Teletext on 4 418 Dec11 23:12:01       ———————————————————————————————  A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?  Their are many advantages of house swapping, points out Homelink's Caroline Connolly. Saving money is a key consideration. By swapping a home and often a car, your only big expenditure is your flights. "It can make a good holiday great," says Caroline. "The money you've saved on accommodation could go towards a luxury like a hot air balloon over the Grand Canyon or Opera at La Scala." ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— Today on Channel 4 Guide 400 FIND YOUR LOST LOVED ONES p151 Time TV today Entertainment Planet
P418 Teletext on 4 418 Dec11 23:16:21       ———————————————————————————————  A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?  Although saving money is a distinct advantage, Homelink's Caroline Connolly doesn't believe this is why most people swap houses. "Our house swappers appreciate feeling like a local and not a tourist in a characterless hotel. It's a way of being parachuted into a community. "We encourage people to put together an information pack to pass on their local knowledge such as where to eat out." ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— Hollyoaks 473 Be on TV 402 FIND YOUR LOST LOVED ONES p151 Time TV today Entertainment Planet
P418 Teletext on 4 418 Dec11 23:15:34       ———————————————————————————————  A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?  What if you think your three-bed semi in Barnsley isn't going to appeal to a home-swapper from sunny Florida? "I've yet to come across somewhere that isn't nice, or within 15 minutes of somewhere nice," says Caroline onnolly. "Our members are looking for a base from which to explore. "Barnsley is not the Vegas of the North but it's got great hiking nearby." Home From Home, Thursday, 8.30pm ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— Inspiration from 4Homes 410 FIND YOUR LOST LOVED ONES p151 Time TV today Entertainment Planet