The festive season has put TikTokers in a romantic state of mind, so much so that they're looking to make The Holiday a reality with the #homeexchange challenge.
The 2006 film has made its way into the best Christmas movies canon for the best reasons: its sweet premise, gorgeous scenery, heartwarming relationships...and Jude Law.
Now, in arguably one of the wildest TikTok trends 2021 has gifted us, people who are looking for an escape this winter are putting out a call for those interested in an IRL Iris-Amanda house swap. (Single handsome brother not required, but encouraged.)
- The Netflix Here for the Holidays lineup will put you in a festive state of mind
- Christmas movies on Hulu that will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling
- Christmas movies on Disney Plus to watch ASAP
What is 'The Holiday' #homeexchange trend on TikTok?
For those who are unfamiliar with the romcom, it focuses on two jilted women on opposite sides of the world: Amanda, who can't quite get it right in the love department over in Hollywood, and Iris, a Brit who is hopelessly in love with an unavailable colleague.
The two are so frustrated that they swap spaces, believing that some time on the opposite side of the pond will do them good. That's when Amanda (Cameron Diaz) has the fortunate run-in with Iris' (Kate Winslet's) widower brother (Jude Law).
Confusion, tears and kisses ensue. It's a lovey-dovey flick that people seemingly want to mirror in their own lives. Now, social media users are stepping away from beauty hacks and TikTok recipes to put a call out to trade abodes with someone else on the video-sharing platform, just like Iris and Amanda (who of course did not use TikTok for such an arrangement).
'The Holiday' #homeexchange examples
One trendy Londoner has given people a sneak peek at her colorful digs and is interested in a January switcheroo. (She selflessly stated that a Jude Law lookalike is not required for the swap.)
@thistimeincolour (opens in new tab)
Let’s do it The Holiday style, except no love interest expected! It doesn’t have to be fancy! Switch or duet 🥰 #theholiday #homeexchange♬ The holiday theme - <3 (opens in new tab)
An Australia resident with an impressive book collection is also looking to make the #homeexchange a reality.
@sophiekovic (opens in new tab)
I’m deadly serious. ##houseswap ##theholiday ##vacation ##holiday ##homeexchange♬ The holiday theme - <3 (opens in new tab)
Then, there's a Las Vegas resident looking to postpone her trade until the spring. Presumably, she has something planned for the holidays already and cannot jet on short notice.
@ajdecorstudio (opens in new tab)
I’m serious, you can also find us on Airbnb by then. ##homeswap ##homeexchange ##airbnb ##holiday ##vacation ##lasvegas♬ The holiday theme - <3 (opens in new tab)
Although the idea seems sweet, there are many things to consider before you proceed.
For one, TikTok is not a certified travel site like Airbnb. There is no guarantee that what you see in the video is what you will get. You don't know what's genuine and what's a ruse, so be incredibly careful before volunteering any personal information or accepting any offer—no matter how enticing it may seem.
Secondly, traveling at this time does not guarantee health and safety, especially considering the rising cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. If Amanda had been looking to make her move in 2021 rather than 2006, she might be hesitant to venture to the UK these days.
Yes, we all know and love the movie, but don't let its charm trick you into a vacation that might be fabricated. You could arrive in a new location expecting sweet digs and Graham but end up with a sketchy locale and Michael Myers.
Stay safe out there, TikTokers!
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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