Vacation Homes – Your Best Vacation Deal
By Nigel G. Worrall
Imagine spending your next vacation in a spacious, private vacation home devoted solely to you and your family or friends. Imagine private bedrooms where you and your children can sleep separately — undisturbed, in total comfort. Imagine a swimming pool just for you, where there are no worries about “scoring” a poolside lounge or chair before they’re all taken, not to mention the cleanliness of the pool (or the people in it). Imagine a living room separate from your bedroom, where you can watch DVD’s, listen to music or just play a board game and relax with the family. Imagine a refrigerator stocked with all your favorite food and drinks, available whenever you want it.
You’d probably imagine a vacation experience like this would be incredibly expensive – like those luxury villas where the rich and famous stay.
Incredibly, you’d be wrong.
Vacation homes are the newest trend in travel, and they’re taking America by storm. Offering an alternative to traditional hotel rooms, vacation homes are located in upscale, safe residential neighborhoods near popular area attractions. They offer everything you’d expect from a well-outfitted, well-kept private home – starting with at least 3 bedrooms, private bathrooms, full kitchens with dishes and cookware, private laundry rooms with washers and dryers, dining areas and living rooms with televisions. Then there are the extras – like swimming pools, Jacuzzis, high-speed internet access, flat screen TV’s with entertainment systems, game rooms, pool tables, luxury linens…you name it.
An equal experience at a hotel or resort would likely cost you thousands of dollars – if you could duplicate the list of amenities at all. But despite offering everything you could possibly want from your holiday accommodation, vacation homes are not accessible only to the jet set. In fact, a vacation home costs no more than a typical hotel room. That’s right. An entire home is available for the same price as a single room.
But the value of a vacation home only starts with the level of accommodation you get. Let’s focus on the second biggest expense on any vacation – food. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurants every single day can add up. If you get thirsty between meals, you can grab a soda from the mini-bar – for the cost of two six packs of the same soda at the grocery store!
A vacation home, on the other hand, provides you with the ultimate luxury – your own kitchen. You can go to a local store and stock up on all the food and drink you love for the same price you pay at home. The kids can pour their usual bowl of cereal in the morning while Mom and Dad sleep in, instead of waking you up whining that they’re hungry. And if you don’t feel like cooking, you can order in and enjoy dinner at a real table in your dining room (instead of crowded into a corner in your hotel room) or just go out! The freedom to do what you want is yours.
Essentially, that’s what vacation homes are all about – freedom. The freedom to do what you want, the freedom of space, the freedom to enjoy your vacation time like never before. So the next time you’re planning a holiday, look into staying in a vacation home. You may just have the trip of a lifetime.