The pandemic has altered people’s abilities to go on vacations. Most people still can’t even think of going on long-distance vacations. The international tourism industry has struggled enormously due to these changes. Travel restrictions, new variants, and testing costs continue to put the brakes on the holiday plans of many people.
In the past two years, the number of international tourist arrivals has dropped by 1 billion. The international tourism industry has lost over $1.3 trillion during this period. Approximately 120 million tourism jobs continue to be at risk. However, one area of this industry has managed to prosper during this period – holiday homes.
The Rise of Holiday Homes
People who own holiday homes have been reaping the benefits of lockdown restrictions. Unlike large-scale hotels, the costs of managing holiday homes are minimal. Plus, guests can self-isolate and still enjoy their vacations at coastal and country holiday homes. According to recent reports, the average value of holiday homes has increased by 35% in this period.
Holidaymakers are constantly looking for safe and affordable alternatives to hotels and tourism companies. That’s why the popularity of holiday homes and “staycations” will continue rising across the world. Let’s explore some of the best holiday home destinations for such tourists and holidaymakers –
If getting the views of the most stunning mountains in the world is your ideal summer vacation plan, visit Nepal. It’s one of the best summer holiday spots in the world. There are many safe and affordable holiday homes in this region. Every year it attracts thousands of seekers, trekkers, nature lovers, and solo travelers.
Pokhara is surrounded by the snow-capped Himalaya mountains. There are many budget holiday homes and homestays to choose from. Tourists can paraglide, go trekking on snow-capped mountains, and explore the local scenery. Some “must-visit” places in Pokhara, Nepal include –
- Phewa Lake
- Devi’s Falls
- Begnas Lake
- The Mahendra Cave
Tourists can enjoy ziplining, bungee jumping, and boating at these stops. Some popular holiday homes in this region include – the Nature Side Cottage, Tuki Resort, and Zostel Pokhara.
Cape Town, South Africa
This South African city has great weather all throughout the year. Plus, the prices of holiday homes are very low so it’s an excellent spot for vacationing. Cape Town is full of exciting beaches, nature parks, and mountains. There’s simply too much to see and do in Cape Town. Some of the “must-visit” sites include –
- Boulders Beach
- Cape Point Nature Reserve
- Signal Hill
- Sea Point Swimming Pool
- Robben Island Museum
Here are some popular holiday home destinations in Cape Town – Green Elephant Backpackers and the Mojo Hotel.
Salt Lake City, Utah, the USA
If staying outdoors is the main mission of your trip, the capital of Utah is the place to be. Salt Lake City has always been a hub for tourists. But, in the post-pandemic era, the beautiful and isolated beaches in the city offer the best getaway solutions. Enjoy the pleasant weather and exciting experiences at locations like – the Hogle Zoo, the Butte Garden, and the breathtaking beaches.
People frequently visit Salt Lake City for skiing, hiking, wildlife photography, and cave tours. It’s very easy to find low-cost holiday homes and staycation spots.
Maui, Hawaii, the USA
There are over 30 miles of beaches in Maui. It’s the ideal holiday destination for people who want to isolate themselves and enjoy the stunning beaches at their own pace. Snorkeling, wildlife spotting, shopping, and sunbathing are the best activities. Some “must-visit” sites in Maui include – the Haleakala National Park, Molokini, the Iao Valley, and the Seven Sacred Pools.
There’s a segment of real estate investors that buys and maintains these holiday homes. Thanks to them, the tourism potential of many exciting locations has been properly optimized in the past two years.