Los Angeles Times writer Christopher Reynolds shared his story of having reserved a gorgeous Montecito vacation home meant three generations of his family during Thanksgiving, only for the owners to cancel a week before the planned event.
All told, they’d put down more than a $5,000 deposit–a considerable chunk of change that no one wanted to lose.
But here’s the silver lining: The owners decided to rent the vacation home to a family whose house perished in the Tea fire, and Reynolds and his family got their money back. It took a few emails and phone calls, but the deposit was returned within a reasonable amount of time, and more important, that other family had secured temporary housing.
In this season of buy, buy, buy, me, me, me, it’s refreshing to hear a tale of community outreach and sacrifice. It’s time all of us start stepping up.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.