Read the text below. For questions (1-6) choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).
My perfect holiday used to be two weeks in a hotel with no cooking, no cleaning and staff waiting on me all day. After we had children we found it easier to choose places where kitchen facilities were included and we did the cooking. It was a generally more convenient option although we tended to stay in Britain because of the cost. Then a friend of mine introduced us to the idea of house-exchange holidays.
At first, the thought of staying in somebody else's home, with all the worries of keeping it clean and tidy and being constantly careful not to break anything, was unthinkable. Equally, I didn't like the idea of complete strangers wandering about in my home, using my bathroom and sleeping in my bed. However, my friend described how she and her husband and their two children had spent two weeks in Florida for the price of the flight. She told me how they had stayed in a lovely apartment in the heart of the real Florida, well away from the tourist traps. They had had no problems with the family of four that had stayed in their house in London.
Because they were so positive we decided to try it ourselves. We joined a house-exchange agency, chose the countries we were interested in visiting and were soon sent information on possible swaps. Finally we chose a family in Vancouver, went away and had the best holiday we'd ever had. That was five years ago. Since then we've been to Prague, Finland, Edinburgh, Washington and Sydney.
What is the writer trying to do in the text?
describe a fantastic holiday she had in Florida
suggest a different type of holiday
complain about the high cost of holidays
warn against having a holiday in a hotel
Why didn't the writer like the idea of staying in somebody else's home?
because she would need to use their bathroom
because she would have to worry about looking after the place
because she would be responsible for security
because she would have to sleep in a strange bedroom
What did the writer's friend like about her house-exchange?
the opportunities for tourists
the fact that it was good value
the genuine design of their apartment
the four families who stayed in London
Why did the writer and her family decide to try a house-exchange holiday?