For some folks, the idea of not spending the holidays in their own homes is akin to eating Chinese takeout on the Fourth of July. It’s just about un-American.
But to that, I say, Why the heck not? You can bring your food, presents and family to the vacation home. If the price is within your budget, why not make a trip part of your yuletide plans?
The owner of this Pennsylvania vacation rental was savvy enough to push its potential as a holiday escape now, three months before Christmas and New Year’s. Consumers are stung by higher food and fuel expenses, which means extras like getaways aren’t priorities unless the price is within reach. The house costs $900 a week from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2, which isn’t so bad if you can find extended family to share the rental fee.
It would behoove other listing owners to make their holiday blitz early, as flights around that time are supposed to be 30 percent higher this year than last year, according to Farecast.com. Sorry renters – that we can’t help you with.
If you’re a property owner, however, say, for a luxury Colorado vacation home or Miami Beach vacation condo (Because where else would you want to ring in the New Year?), the timing of your holiday marketing couldn’t be more urgent. Do it now.
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.