A few weeks ago I quoted a reader’s comment on ‘The Holiday’ – Bad for the Home Exchange Community? (she felt that the movie had contributed to a deterioration in the quality of home exchangers and that more people were now looking on home exchange as just a cheap way to have a vacation). Although I don’t agree that this is a general trend, or that the film has had a great influence, it was interesting to read comments from experienced exchangers about the film, ‘The Holiday’.
This is the season for many of us to enjoy not only pigging out on lots of rich food we’d feel guilty about eating at other times but also to indulge in some guilt-free lightweight entertainment on TV. So, if you haven’t seen it already , or maybe even if you have – and like to dream about Jude Law turning up on your doorstep when you’ve just settled in to your exchange home, a cute English cottage in the (suspiciously snow covered) Surrey countryside, do look out for ‘The Holiday’ on ITV1, Sunday 27 December, 9 pm. See a trailer for the movie.
A quote from Andrew Collins’ review in the Christmas issue of the RadioTimes:
‘...this should not be viewed at any other time of year.’
And from Joe of CHECtravel
‘.... As to The Holiday, as a seasoned home exchanger I can testify that the movie is pure fantasy! God help all exchangers if we had our properties and email addresses listed on Google as portrayed in the story line! However pleasant the film was to view, it really did present a distorted picture of the process of home exchanging.’