Living on A Different Planet

United States
November 27, 2015 5:34pm CST
I watched a show called Island Hunters this morning. A young couple was touring three different island resorts. They wanted to find a place to vacation for a week. Their budget for the week was $23,000. Excuse me? I would say they are in their early thirties. They own a pool cleaning service in the Los Angeles area. How can they have the money to do this? I could understand it if they were much older and in a lucrative line of work. But they are young and in a middle class business. I don't get it. Do you?
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov 15
I would suspect the TV company had something to do with it. Our son got questioned by the Garda (police) in Ireland once and they asked where he got his money from. I think he had none and they thought he was a vagrant. He said he had rich parents and when he needed money, they sent him some! Maybe it's the same here.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
That is always a possibility. I wish shows gave more info about the situation. Otherwise it is confusing.
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@paigea (22195)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace my husband finds those renovation shows annoying for that reason. Some do not mention how much they spent on the renos.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
@paigea I hate it when they do not tell us the professions (income) of the people involved. I wrote a detailed request to HGTV, and they now do give this info on most shows. So they do read emails. I was surprised.
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@paigea (22195)
• Canada
27 Nov 15
It's hard to imagine. Inheritance? The show gives them money?
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov 15
Someone must have given them money.
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace I should think it highly likely that the resorts would come to the party too.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
@JudyEv Yup. I think this is the key factor. Imagine, someone has the job of visiting all these resorts in order to sign them up for the show. I'll volunteer for that too.
@Dalane (701)
• United States
27 Nov 15
They took a vacation in order to find a vacation spot? That is weird. 23K is a huge chunk of money. I wonder if it was made up to attract viewers.
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov 15
I would think this would be the case. It is a lot of money otherwise.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace I re ally think some wealthy company orperson was sponsoring them for whatever reason.
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• United States
29 Nov 15
@Hatley Perhaps the resorts. If they are taking volunteers, sign me up.
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@TheHorse (65696)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Nov 15
LA Area. Pool cleaning. And their parents are...a director and a screenwriter? Or maybe they're just living beyond their means, like a lot of Americans.
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov 15
Maybe it's all on the never-never.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
We had a pool boy when I was a kid. The people who owned the business were not well off.
• United States
28 Nov 15
@JudyEv I don't know the term. What does on the never-never mean?
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
28 Nov 15
They might as well be living on a different planet. The most expensive vacation I ever took was a tenth of that, and I thought it was truly extravagant.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
I used to take ten high school students to Europe back when I was teaching. We spent about 1/10th that amount for each kid for three weeks.
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
28 Nov 15
There are some movies that you don't enjoy and leave you asking questions because some circumstances do not seem to be credible at all.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
True, but this was not a movie. It was a television show.
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@cindiowens (3841)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
28 Nov 15
I saw the same show. No, I do not get it. It must not be real, or they get it for free for doing the show.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
I think Judy and you must be right. But where do we sign up to be the ones looking?
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace Wouldn't it just be the best thing?
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
28 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace I don't know, but I'll sign...unless its during hurricane season.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov 15
If the business is doing well, especially if they have a few employees, then accruing that level of savings is not unrealistic. However, spending it on a week's holiday seems an absurd way to squander such an amount.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
No kidding. I guess as a teacher, I never really understood the huge cash flow someone in business might experience.
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace If you think about it logically a small increase in business can result in a vast increase of profit. If they have business premises and require 4 pools per week to cover the overheads and average 6 pools to make a living, then another 2 pools would double their profits. If they have a large database of regular customers and employ staff, then they will be able to take on a great deal of business and reap excellent profits.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
@Asylum There are plenty of pools in the area, so they could be rolling in cash. Still, that is one expensive trip.
@rebelann (41188)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Nov 15
Wanna bet they took out a loan to do this? I've been offered loans for vacation by my credit union before but it was not something I wanted to pay off a loan for. I suppose those kids could have gotten an inheritance of some sort and used that. If I had $23k I'd clear all my debts and put the rest in a money market not a vacation.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
I believe in the 80/20 rule for most things. Enjoy 20% on a vacation and save the rest.
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@rebelann (41188)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Nov 15
I guess we each have our own ideals @ElizabethWallace Either way, would be nice just to be able to.
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• United States
29 Nov 15
@rebelann Yes, it sure would.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Nov 15
Maybe they own a chain? Or they inherited money?
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• United States
28 Nov 15
Perhaps a chain of pool businesses is correct. In L.A. home swimming pools are pretty common, due to the weather.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
28 Nov 15
Wow, that is a lot of money for a vacation. It does make you wonder how they have that much money at such a young age.
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@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
28 Nov 15
Its out of senses some movies are always a question marks.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Nov 15
It is most likely that the TV show pays for everything. I am sure they don't have that kind of money from cleaning pools.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Nov 15
thats what I expected they were sponsored
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Nov 15
The pool cleaning business probably was financed b y her well to do dad or hubbys well to do dad anyway so meome is payin them big bucks o go s p endind that much just t o decide where to v acationl wish I had some of that much money lol lol lol
@GardenGerty (99194)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I am often befuddled by how people afford the things that they seem to afford to on television.
@Tampa_girl7 (25677)
• United States
29 Nov 15
That is an incredibly large sum for a vacation.
@slund2041 (3378)
• United States
28 Nov 15
It seems some people have it easier than others. What is hard times for one person, is so different for another. I think the mindset of people are different. I know when some people say they are broke, it means they cannot buy a motorcycle. When I say I am broke it means I cannot pay the light bill. Being broke has a different meaning for each of us. I d not know how they can afford it. I wonder if they live on a lot of credit. I mean not really having the money, but charging it?
@boiboing (12438)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
What's more remarkable is that someone would make a TV show out of a premise like that.
@birjudanak (7224)
• India
28 Nov 15
Its too costly and may be due to show they can said any amount like in movie they said some amount which is fake. some times don't know that they doing so or doing publicity of resort because people watching it and may be try to stay there.but this kind of show just enjoy by not much thinking.
@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
28 Nov 15
In my day, you did your touring after paying for the holiday, not the other way about. The pictures in the holiday catalogues and travel guides told you what to expect...