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How age affects 2013 holiday trends
Jan 30th, 2013 by elisa

Spain is still a firm favourite - this villa is in Moraira and only 10 minutes' walk from the sea!

Spain is still a firm favourite – this villa is in Moraira and only 10 minutes’ walk from the sea!

According to new research, budgets for holidays differ by up to £280 per person depending on their age.

The TravelSupermarket survey of 5,000 British holidaymakers revealed their holiday habits for 2013 as well as the average amount they are willing to pay for their main holiday in each age bracket.

Over 50s spend the most on comfortable travel and accommodation, with the 50-59 age range willing to be the most experimental with their holiday plans, picking less typical destinations.

The longest and most expensive holidays tend to be taken by those in the 60-69 age group at £794 per person, plus £454 on spending money (£1,248 total). These are also most likely to take more than one main holiday each year. Those over 70 are most likely to stay close to the UK with Spain and France as firm favourites.

The most adventurous age group are the youngest, 18-29. These are most likely to go on activity holidays such as skiing or mountain biking, but like to do so on a shoestring, paying the least out of all those surveyed (£540 on accommodation and £428 spending money). They are also most likely to be influenced by a place’s culture when making decisions; Asia is very popular for this age group.

30-39 are the family focused bunch, least influenced by the weather and always considering family facilities. The beach (37%) and villa holidays (18%) are most preferable – Villaseek and UK specialist HolidayCottages.cc can help with both! The Algarve is one of the most popular destinations, and on average they spend £585 on travel and accommodation, plus £452 in spending money per person.

40-49 year-olds are still family focused and tend to head away during the school summer holidays in August. Most popular are beach holidays (39%) in Spain (12%) staying in self-catered accommodation (23%). They are also most likely to take more shorter breaks away in addition to a main holiday with £580 on travel and accommodation and £449 on spending money per person.

“At this age, a lot of holidaymakers will still be heading abroad with their families. Typical family breaks, such as beach holidays in Spain will be fun for everyone, but for those looking to go on shorter breaks too France and Italy are also worth a visit.” said Bob Atkinson, TravelSupermarket’s travel expert.

Disney World, Florida, Villas!
Jan 24th, 2013 by elisa

Disney World, Florida - picture by Flickr user AndrewH324

Disney World, Florida – picture by Flickr user AndrewH324

It’s so cold here in the UK! We’ve been snowed in, and we don’t really like it. So, it’s time for a holiday somewhere warm and sunny, and where could be better than Florida!

The next few months are a great time to visit the sunshine state, there are deals on flights with many of the major airlines and it’s home to the world’s most famous theme parks, Walt Disney World! A definite win if you have younger children. Also, Florida is a golfer’s paradise with many wonderful places to tee off from.

This luxury four bedroom, three bathroom villa in the popular Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club has an enlarged pool deck that is not overlooked but has marvellous views over the 16th fairway. It’s within walking distance of supermarkets and restaurants, and is only 20 minutes away from Disney and all it’s attractions.

The list of all its amenities is extensive, with all you’d expect for a luxury villa and family break away, such as air conditioning, flat screen TV, music system and games room, plus free high-speed internet connection and free local and international phone calls!

Luxury Villa in Florida

Luxury Villa in Florida

South West facing pool, sunshine all day long!

South West facing pool, sunshine all day long!

Open plan living room with large, comfy sofas

Open plan living room with large, comfy sofas

 

The villa accommodates eight plus an infant, and prices start from £495, a great deal for everything that’s included.

 

For many more quality holiday villas in Florida, visit our main site.

 

A few minor updates to the management system
Dec 19th, 2012 by Tom Kerswill

Hi villa owners

We’ve made a few minor updates to your villa management interface and availability calendar today. Nothing major — mainly behind-the-scenes updates, ready for more new features and improvements in early 2013. If you have any problems or questions at all, just let us know.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2013!

Tom and the Villaseek team

Blog updates
Mar 13th, 2012 by Tom Kerswill

Dear villa owners,

If you ever have bits of news and info about the area your holiday villa is in, do let us know – we’re always interested in including stories and articles about your areas. Drop us a comment on this blog post, or get in touch with the site via the contact page.

Thanks!

Tom

An easier way to login to your VillaSeek customer area to administer your Holiday Villa
Mar 13th, 2011 by Tom Kerswill

A few of you have been asking us for the ability to login to your admin area using your VillaSeek / Holiday Villas reference number, rather than having to type out your email address each time. We’ve now implemented this… it will save some of you a bit of typing!

Let us know if you have any feedback / issues with signing in to your VillaSeek customer area….

Tom
VillaSeek website team

VillaSeek – new feature icons for villa information pages
Sep 27th, 2010 by Tom Kerswill

Hi everyone

We’ve added a few more feature icons to the Villaseek Villa search pages. We’ve added icons for villas with barbecues, for whether the villa has air conditioning, and for whether there are bikes available at the holiday property.

Owners can turn these icons on for their holiday properties, by logging into the villa management area of VillaSeek, clicking the holiday property they’d like to edit, then pressing the edit villa link.

If you have any other ideas for icons you’d like us to add to VillaSeek, or for any other features you’d like us to add to the villa info pages, just let us know in the comments!

Tom K

More tailored search pages for our villa listings
Jan 27th, 2010 by Tom Kerswill

Hi everyone

I’ve been working on some more individual / tailored pages for the villa directory on VillaSeek.com. The eventual aim is to get an easy-to-navigate page for every region that we list, which links to articles here on the blog, and pulls in some more useful info about the region. If anybody has regions they’d particularly like me to focus on, drop a comment on this blog and I’ll add those… within a couple of weeks there will be a tailored page for every region.

As an example of some of the pages I’ve got up and running take a look at the listings pages for luxury villas in the Caribbean, and holiday villas near Disney…. Do drop me a comment and let me know any improvements… I’ll be working on getting all these up and running in the coming weeks.

Tom

Are Florida price cutters ruining the rental market?
Jan 12th, 2010 by john

Owners of Florida properties who offer last minute deals and special offers are pushing prices down, according to an owner who has complained that some weekly rates advertised in Holiday Villas and Cottages magazine and on VillaSeek.com are too low. In emails to us he wrote:

“Having read your magazine in our doctor’s surgery I was shocked to see that it was full of bargain basement Florida villas whose owners are literally giving their beautiful homes away. As we don’t discount or charge cheap prices we do not feel that this sort of magazine which has such cheap villas would be a suitable place to advertise our home.”

And:

“The rates were, to put it bluntly, scandalously low. This is the mindset of villa owners who think that ‘anything is better than nothing’ but that sort of marketing encourages haggling and bargaining, and pushes prices even further down.

It also attracts the sort of people who DON’T respect your home as they have paid so little that they think that the villa owner is made of money in order to be able to subsidise their holiday – and the guest is laughing all the way to the bank as they spend all the money they have squeezed out of the villa owner on extra park tickets or designer gear.”

For a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa in Esprit, Davenport, this owner charges from £599 to £750 per week. Is he correct in believing it’s better to leave the villa empty than offer a last minute price of, say, £300 per week? And is his belief that people looking for a bargain are less likely to respect the house well founded?

Rental prices in Florida have been tending to fall because so much property is on offer and visitor numbers have been dropping. Is this a trend that can be successfully resisted?

Another factor is that lower property prices mean owners who have bought cheaply can offer low rental prices. For instance, our current issue has an ad from Dolby Properties which includes this property:

Highlands Reserve – immaculate 5/3.5 villa with sunny pool. Outstanding rental history. $291,000.

That’s around £180,000 – say £200,000 with taxes, charges and set-up costs. So if you were to rent that out at £395 a week (the sort of ‘scandalously low’ figure our emailer has in mind) you would need to sell 31 weeks a year to bring in £12,000. In reality, you would charge more for the summer holidays and Christmas.

Would £12k be enough to pay mortgage, management costs, cleaning, local taxes, maintenance, insurance and all the rest of it? And would you be better off selling, say, 20 weeks at £595 to bring in the same sort of money?

And why is it that the spread between minimum and peak weekly prices is much less in Florida (where the peak price is usually no more than 50 per cent higher than the minimum) than, say, Spain where the top rate is often three times or more?

Let us know your views in the comments section below – whether you are a holidaymaker thinking of renting a Florida property, an owner trying to make a success of renting, or maybe a professional involved in the business.

Rebranding the Villaseek Asia Pacific section to Thailand and India
Nov 25th, 2009 by Tom Kerswill

The Thailand and India section

The Thailand and India section

Hi everyone

Just to let you know, I have rebranded our Asia Pacific section on Villaseek, to better reflect the villa listings within the section. It’s now simply the Thailand and India section. You can also access the two countries directly, by clicking through to Thailand and India.

So, the change doesn’t actually affect any of the villas in the section, but hopefully will make it clearer to people who are looking for self-catered accommodation in Thailand and India.

Online version of the magazine reaches 10,000 views on myebook.com
Nov 24th, 2009 by Tom Kerswill

Holiday Villas and Cottages Magazine on MyeBook.com

Holiday Villas and Cottages Magazine on MyeBook.com

There are several ways to read our paper-based sister publication, Holiday Villas and Cottages magazine. The most common is in popular news agents, such as WH Smiths. Or you might stumble upon it in the waiting room of a doctor’s, dentist’s, hairdresser’s, or health club.

But we’ve also been putting copies online. The usual way to read the magazine online is via Zmags — and you can always read the latest issue at the magazine’s website. More recently, we’ve been playing about with putting online issues on another virtual magazine publisher, myebook.com. The site allows you to flick through a virtual copy of the magazine and comment on the articles. You can read the latest issue via myebook.

We’re also really happy to announce that a previous issue of Holiday Cottages magazine has now reached over 12,000 views. So we’re looking forward to adding future issues onto the platform and reaching new audiences for the magazine.

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