- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 5, 2002

Books

"Home Exchange Vacationing: Your Guide to Free Accommodations," by Bill and Mary Barbour, Rutledge Hill Press, 1996. This book, which offers numerous accounts from previous home exchangers, includes tips.

Online

Several home-exchange companies are accessible on the Internet. For easy access, type in the keywords "vacation home exchange." Following are the sites for some privately owned organizations:

• www.intervac.com is the Web site of Intervac International, which has company contacts in a number of countries and annually puts out several listing catalogs. Contact the company for pricing information. Phone: 800/756-4663. E-mail: [email protected]

• www.homexchange.com is the Web site of the International Home Exchange Network, which is based in Orlando, Fla., and began in 1993. The fee is $29.95 a year. Phone: 386/238-3633.

• www.exchangehomes.com, based in California and in operation since 1986, offers its listings solely via the Internet. The site offers a newsletter and advice. Phone: 800/848-7927. The cost for one year's online listing is $30.

• www.digsville.com, a trendy-looking site out of New Jersey, offers do's, don'ts and other advice from specialists. Phone: 800/974-6860. Membership costs $49.95 for two years.

• www.trading-homes.com, a California-based company, includes sections on travel resources and how to participate in an exchange. Phone: 800/877-8723. The annual membership fee is $65.

• www.swapnow.com is the Web site for HomeLink USA, part of HomeLink International. Phone: 800/638-3841. E-mail: [email protected] Full membership is $60.

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