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.)
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
An Australia resident with an impressive book collection is also looking to make the #homeexchange a reality.
I’m deadly serious. ##houseswap ##theholiday ##vacation ##holiday ##homeexchange♬ The holiday theme - <3
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.
I’m serious, you can also find us on Airbnb by then. ##homeswap ##homeexchange ##airbnb ##holiday ##vacation ##lasvegas♬ The holiday theme - <3
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!
Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few.
When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.
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