The Vacation Market

By: Lionel Wayne

In this day and age thereare actually a wide range of vacation possibilities. Cruises, adventurevacations, specialty vacations, are all just a few of the many options that areavailable. The difficulty arises when you want to take a vacation with yourwhole family. One person going on a trip can often get a special deal. Even twopeople can travel and receive substantial discounts on packaged vacations.Families on the other hand have no such luck. It is assumed that families havechildren and that children are noisy.

Resorts often usechildren as an excuse to charge premium prices on the grounds that they need tohave special services available to cater to the specific requirements of thechildren. Some resorts actually do go to great lengths and substantial costs toaccommodate these young guests.?? Theymay have daycare facilities, children’s programs, perhaps even special menus tobetter serve those kids that are picky eaters (like me when I was 5).

These last fewyears have seen massive changes in the vacation market. There are new optionsavailable for families that wish to vacation together that do not require hugeinfusions of cash. It’s a new market and it represents a complete shift in theway we think about our vacation time.

The timeshares,all inclusive resorts, and villa rentals now have to compete with destinationclubs, exchange programs, points programs, a wholesale vacation market, andwhat is now a hugely competitive cottage rental real-estate market. Did youknow you can actually rent a cottage and get it as an “all inclusive" package?This was not possible 10 years ago but it is now.

The importantthing about planning and having a family vacation is to be prepared and alwayskeep in mind the following:

  • ????????What happens if you are hurt while on vacation?Is there liability coverage in the unlikely event that it is needed?
  • ?????? Is your booking or rental guaranteed to beavailable?
  • ?????? What happens if you are not happy with theplace? Refunds?
  • ??????? What are the hidden costs (groceries, boatsFree Articles, orthings that are not covered in the basic rental agreement?
So long as you keep these simple questions in mind youshould have a fun and happy vacation. Enjoy your vacation and spend the timewith your family and your friends and make sure that you get your well deservedbreak from work. Enjoy!

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