Category: Vacation

Demand Is Rising For Properties In Vacation Home Markets

The ability to work remotely has many home buyers toying with the idea of moving to vacation home markets, which are seeing increased interest as shifting priorities and preferences transform where and how people want to live. 

Page views of for-sale listings are up nearly 50% from a year ago in metro areas typically considered vacation destinations, defined as metros with at least 65,000 people and five times more vacation homes than the nation as a whole. That’s compared to a 37% increase in page views nationally. 

Unused Vacation Days: What You Should Know

The pandemic upended the vacation plans of many employees across the country. Employees and managers are now facing a year-end reckoning over unused paid time off.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
1. Laws can vary across states, cities and counties.

Many states allow “use-it-or-lose-it” policies, meaning any unused vacation time is forfeited at the end of the year. Other states, however, apply restrictions to those policies. With so many employees switching to remote work this year, it’s worth being aware of the laws in the place the work is being done, experts say.

2. Employers could consider short-term changes.

Your employer might not

Vacation Housing Markets Trending Higher with Buyers Amid Pandemic

Based on new data from Zillow, impacts from the coronavirus pandemic have rippled out to traditional U.S. vacation destinations, which are seeing increased interest from homebuyers as shifting priorities and preferences transform where and how people want to live.

Page views on Zillow of for-sale listings are up nearly 50% from a year ago in metro areas typically considered vacation destinations, defined as metros with at least 65,000 people and five times more vacation homes than the U.S. as a whole. That’s compared to a 37% increase in page views nationally.  Vacation metros seeing an uptick in demand include places

Yearning for a vacation? The destination: Nowhere

“I’ll definitely give it a try since I’m in desperate need of some refreshment from coronavirus restrictions and working overtime every day,” Ben Peng, a Beijing-based software developer, said of a “flycation” tour his friend from Hong Kong had bought a few days ago. 

Hong Kong Airlines announced late last week a special Embrace “Home” Kong flight that will take off, encircle the skies at a low altitude and then return to the same airport. The 90-minute voyage, set to depart on October 24, will offer travel-starved people a chance to enjoy the sunset in addition to a bird’s eye

Teen on family trip spread the coronavirus to 11 relatives across 4 states after a negative test, CDC says

A 13-year-old girl spread the coronavirus to 11 relatives across four states this summer, despite testing negative two days before a three-week family vacation, a recent journal article released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed.

The trip occurred at an undisclosed location in June and July, and it infected family members from ages 9 to 72 who traveled to a home that was shared between five households. No masks or distancing measures were in place. The teen was exposed to an unspecified covid-19 outbreak in June before testing negative, the report says. Nasal congestion was her only