Bright Idea # 654283

@MsTickle (24991)
Australia
July 22, 2007 2:18am CST
I was just responding to a discussion when i had this idea. I wonder if it could work? Many of us would like to travel to distant lands but with home ties or financial drawbacks simply cannot do it. What if we joined up with each other and swapped homes for a holiday. Pets could be fed, gardens tended and so on. It would save heaps on the cost of accomodation. Details could be worked out prior to going and plans for site seeing etc as well. It's just a rough idea but do you think it might work?
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• United States
8 Sep 07
Yes it could work. But you would have to really get to know the person. And you would have to get a person in each major city around the world.But it could work.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
8 Sep 07
Yes, you'd have to know someone well, but I don't understand why you think you "would have to get a person in each major city around the world" I don't understand this part???
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• United States
8 Sep 07
If you can have a friend in each major city you will have a place to stay all over the world. One year you could swap with your friend in Paris and the next year your friend in Rome or London.
• United States
23 Jul 07
It does work and many, many people do that. Here is a link for you: http://www.homelink-usa.org/
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• United States
23 Jul 07
Oh dear Best Response already gone!
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
24 Jul 07
Yes, I'm in catchup mode and trying to do all my chores here.
• United States
22 Jul 07
Hum...did someone just finish watching The Holiday? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457939/ I think it's an interesting idea but it's not something I could do my self.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
No, I haven't watched it. I was discussing something else and the idea just popped into my head.
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• United States
23 Jul 07
LOL - that's pretty neat :)
@weemam (13389)
22 Jul 07
it think it's agreat idea pal , except in some cases like mine where we have family to llok after , but I think it would really take off , some in here as such good friends and no so much about each other as it is . good idea pal xx
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
I think in your case it would not work WEE, your folks would not want strangers around.
@weemam (13389)
23 Jul 07
They only trust me to look after them pal , I would worry about them anyway so for me no holidays yet xxx
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
10 Aug 07
its a good idea but I think people would hesitate to take part. I agree with some other respondents that you have to know first the person you'd swap homes with. and that would be, really know well like you've been friends for a long time, you know everything about him/her, and you can trust that person. its dangerous to let someone live in your home and live with your family. ^__^
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
8 Sep 07
But there wouldn't be anyone living with your family...how do you figure that out?
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
1 Aug 07
There are several home swapping sites on the internet. People have done vacations that way for decades, maybe longer. Many people find it to be a great way to travel to get to know other parts of the world or their country. Living in someone's home puts you in the midst of the society rather than in the midst of tourism. But as mean as people are becoming these days it would be hard to trust my home to a stranger, someone I'd never even met.
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
6 Aug 07
I'm aware of agencies that match up people for home swaps but I mentioned swapping between friends at Mylot...not strangers. You may not have met the person but you might feel they are one of your closest friends. Cheers.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
23 Jul 07
# 654283!!! WoWza! you have sure come up with a LOT of bright ideas in your time. You must be very very smart (or really really old? *wink*) I think this sort of time share/ cost share plan is popular in Florida. When I was a teen my parents and I took a December Florida vacation and one day was spent touring these condominiums that were purchased and set up with this idea in mind. Each of the partners had the property for a certain number of weeks or months out of the year. I think at the time my parents were considering retiring to the area, the program did not fit their needs but we got a nice lunch out of the day long spiel and went swimming, however, it seemed to me that quite a few folks were signing up for the plan.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
24 Jul 07
Not really REALLY old just sort of old...lol. I also get lots of 'bright' ideas but never do anything about them.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
23 Jul 07
i actually read a womans day magazine article about this and how much fun the switching families had...i think the americans went to italy and visa versa...it seemed to be a success!
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
Wow, that would be great. it could be very exciting.
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
I actually do this type of thing with a friend over newcastle way. When she goes away, i go stay at her house and look after the house and animals for her. It saves me paying for accomodation and she doesnt have to worry about the house or animals. It works well, so this could work for others as well. Good idea. Best wishes to you
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
Yes, it could be done just in your own country as well. Thanks Kay.
• Philippines
23 Jul 07
yeah why not, by swapping homes you could learn from each others cultures. especially with festivals and important happenings in the family of each other. Why not, I mean there are our family to accommodate the swapping persons. Family members and close friends can help and it would be a great adventure...
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
I live in the bush so there's not much in the way of festivals etc. It would have to be day tours mostly to see the surrounds of part of rural Australia. I'm on my own here so visitors would have to fend for themselves pretty much...but what an adventure!
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
That is actually really a great idea...I have heard of house swapping before and it has been done...It just work might work..
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
Yep, it just might at that. :0)
• United States
23 Jul 07
That is a lovely thought. The only drawback for us would be that we couldn't afford airfare to travel to other lands.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
I know you're doing it hard right now but that won't last forever. Just put the idea in your mind and think on it now and then....let your imagination fly. You just never know what might happen. ;)
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
22 Jul 07
This idea had worked for some good-intentioned folks in the past. It will prpbably worked also today. However, times have already changed. These are a lot of factors to be considered first before entrusting your home to somebody else, otherwise you may not have a good home to come back to (joke!). Of course, you must trust that person to take care of your home, your appliances, your garden, your pets. And I think this won't be easy. But I believe it could works between siblings or relatives or good close friends. In my country, some people are doing this when they are away. To avoid any misfortunes to happen (like break-in, vandalism, fire, etc) some usually request their close relatives/friends to stay in the house for a period of time. And it is just fine. Now, I would like to extend this idea. Why don't we members of myLot (especially our friends here) open up our homes for other members to come for a vacation. Certainly, you people could find a good hospitable Filipino homes here in my country. Come on guys, have a good vacation here in my country and stay at any home of myLot members.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
That's a lovely offer. I would be thrilled to be able to visit your beautiful country. Sadly, none of my family are in a position to help me out with taking care of things for me.
@melzx21 (14)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I've heard of this before, and always thought it's a really great idea. There's a site, (Homeexchange.com I believe) that deals with this. According to them, they've never had any reports of vandalism or theft. I think it's an absolutely amazing idea. But it's not for me. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I just can't trust a stranger with my HOME. Plus, I wouldn't feel as comfortable in someone else's home. I have too much respect for other people, and would probably spend half of my vacation cleaning up after myself, lol.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
Yes, i can relate to what you are saying. I've maybe planted a seed however. Maybe you'll feel differently when you've been here a while and made some wonderful friends like some of us have...welcome to myLot! :)
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
22 Jul 07
LOL then ya would just have to come up with the money for flight or ship . But it does sound like a lovely idea and this is what house setters do. works for them
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
Too right.
@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
22 Jul 07
Well it sounds a good Idea lol but we would still have to find the Money for the flight So that is another Problem as Flights are no cheap lol But yes it sounds good and I suppose really it would be easier to get the money for the flight then the Hotel Flight and all that
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
There's a fair bit of competition in Australia these days for flights, so there are good offers, weather might be a consideration too, going from summer to winter and all. It would be something to look forward to and save u for.
@nannacroc (4049)
22 Jul 07
This plan has worked well for some in the UK but I think it was just within the UK. I think it's a great idea if you get to know what sort of person is going to live in your house.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
Yes, it would have to be someone you knew well and trusted.
@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
9 Aug 07
I have heard of doing that on T.V before, a few years ago, I was intrigued, this one was a home in canada. It's like a House swap... A great Idea, that's for sure....
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@sunshinecup (7881)
22 Jul 07
Actually there are companies that do this. They hook people up together based on where they would like to travel. Me personally, I couldn't do it, I would go nuts knowing a stranger was in my home.
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@mummymo (23709)
23 Jul 07
You know honey I think that this is a fantastic idea! I know I wouldn't personally be able to take part in such a scheme for the time being but it sounds like a wonderful idea! Good thinking honey! xxx
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
Thanks mo...at least the idea is there now. Even if you travelled within your own country...imagine what an adventure the kids could have! LOL.