Vacationing Condo Style
Ahhhh… the thought of being on vacation, away from the cares of the world and the voice of your boss and co-workers.
You decide to take a vacation and you call a family meeting. Together, you decide where to go.
Excitedly, everyone runs to the internet to find out what there is to do in the area you all agreed on.
You discover there are museums, specialty shops, art galleries and wineries. The family wants to take a carriage ride and go horseback riding.
With spirits high, you set the date and put it in stone.
Now you just need to secure accommodations.
Not too long ago, vacationers would go straight for the hotel directory as common practice. However, today’s savvy traveler is demanding more amenities and room to spread out, especially with children and they have discovered HOW to do that, oftentimes for less money per day.
The truth of the matter is however, that most people don’t know just how affordable the resort lifestyle can be and truthfully, they don’t even think about a condo resort because they don’t know they exist for them.
I didn’t. When I booked a vacation, the words my family used, therefore I did too when my kids were growing up, were “hotel” and “motel”. Those little compact rooms where everyone crammed in.
To take that a step further, the idea of staying at a nice timeshare resort didn’t come onto the radar… isn’t that for people who own those expensive money sucking things?
Breaking news…. if you know where to look, you’ll find the hidden path to staying in timeshare resorts WITHOUT….
- sitting through a timeshare presentation
- buying the timeshare
- paying taxes or maintenance fees
…. but yet you can stay there. You pay for JUST the week you go and you pay less than the owners who own the timeshare! Really.
Most resorts offer condos rather than hotel rooms. This is a fabulous option for vacationing. And, be warned… once you’ve vacationed condo style, you won’t want to go back to hotels.
The differences are vast!
Hotel travel is very space restricting.
- You have everyone sharing one bathroom
- No good closet space.
- Fights over who get’s the chest of drawers and who lives out of the suitcase.
- No place to fix meals or store food.
- No place to get away from each other for naps, quiet reading, privacy, television watching.
- Even fixing a cup of coffee with hotel coffee pots is fumbly.
- Constantly stepping over suitcases, shoes and ‘stuff’ everyone brought along.
- Only place to sit is on beds and 2 little chairs in the corner
It’s a mess! Sounds like fun, eh? There’s nothing about a small cramped stuffy room that sounds like a vacation. So what happens then, is people don’t take in account that the accommodations is part of the fun.
But the good news is now they can. Once they know they have options, vacations take on a whole new meaning!
Let’s compare that resort condo travel accommodations.
Condo travel is really a home away from home.
Depending on the number of travelers in your party, you can enjoy studio, one, two, and three bedroom condos accommodating as many as 8 people to a unit.
Look at the pictures below. These are pictures from various condo resorts. You can see how it truly is a home away from home. Fully furnished.
When you arrive at your condo destination you unpack and put things away just like home.
You have entertainment centers typically in every bedroom.
You have a fully equipped kitchen with all your major and small appliances, your dishes, cookware, baking dishes and utensils.
Most have washers and dryers. It’s really, just like home. Just bring your clothes and food and move in.
Everyone has their space, sleeping area, dresser drawer, and closet space.
While the idea of eating out all the time sounds like fun, in reality, it can get very expensive to do that, especially with a large family. Just making your own breakfast and packing some sandwiches for the road that day can help tremendously for families on a budget.
Plus there’s just nothing like getting up in the morning and putting on that pot of coffee or brewing that first cup of tea without having to shower, shave and shine to go out. It’s very enjoyable to get up and relax on your porch, watch the news, have your breakfast and then head out for the day doing whatever your vacation calls for.
Most vacation condos will offer maid service for an extra fee. Certainly if you run out of towels, soaps, etc., housekeeping is happy to run those over to you. Many people find it’s no big deal to throw the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and make their beds, or simply leave them unmade for the week. Whatever is going to allow you to relax and be comfortable is they way to go. If it’s maid service, just check with the resort and make sure those services are available at the time you wish to make your reservations.
If you find yourself taking a vacation at least once a year, you may want to consider joining a Coastal Travel club membership.
Coastal Travel Vacations – Travel club membership has an initial fee to join (all memberships do) and then you simply pay per use. As a member of Coastal, your benefits include deep discounts for weekly stays.
For example, a 7 night 8 day resort stay will start at $199. Locations are worldwide and currently have over 5000 3 and 4 and 5 star resorts to choose from, most of which are condo style.