Disney World is pulling out all the stops to entice travelers, including dangling three extra nights–all for free–with the purchase of a four-night package plus tickets to the park. The hotels really want your business, but so do Orlando vacation home owners.
But unless you’re single and really into Mickey Mouse, then parting with your dough is especially difficult to register at this time of year. Maybe the Disney folks should be making a marketing push to overseas tourists whose currency is stronger.
For our friends abroad, it makes sense to travel to the U.S. if you have the money. In fact, lots of my Irish friends make a holiday shopping pilgrimage every year. The fruits are two-fold: Bags of designer gear for less and the bragging rights to say, “I bought that in America.”
To the foreign travelers who aren’t into Disney World and would rather spend time at the outlets or on the beaches of Anna Marie Island, here’s a suggestion: A spacious Bradenton vacation villa.
Situated in the gated community of Heritage Harbor, the rental by owner with space for eight guests is five minutes from the Prime Outlets at Ellenton, which flashes big-name labels like Coach, Gucci and kate spade. Burn your euros (with money left over), then retreat to the pool and spa. Don’t forget the clubs, too. There’s a 27-holf golf course for practicing your swing.
You’ll be chuckling on the way home on the money you saved on Christmas presents and the fun you had.
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.