“The Holiday” is a 2006 romantic comedy with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. Diaz and Winslet are two women who live on opposite sides of the Atlantic who swap homes during the holiday season to escape heartbreak.
Iris and Amanda meet online at a home exchange website and decide to switch homes for the holidays.
Iris lands in a huge luxury home in sunny Los Angeles. Amanda arrives at cute cottage in the snow covered English countryside. Both women find new romance at their new destinations.
The movie highlights some aspects of home swapping. The sense of adventure when going to stay at a new place neither home swapper is familiar with and the surprise at the unexpected. Iris is amazed at the wonderful house she gets to stay at in California. Amanda needs to adjust to the cold snowy winter and the lack of luxury in the cottage.
Both women get to meet new people in their new surroundings and it becomes an enriching experience. Home swapping may not bring everybody new romance but it always turns out to be an interesting experience. (See our blog article: Is home exchange for you?)
See a trailer for the movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGBl5FxOrUQ