Thirty-seven percent (37%) of participants in a
recent BoomerOpinions poll reported that their financial situation had grown
worse over the past couple of years, with 29% saying their finances had
remained about the same. The same survey
found, however, in spite of current economic woes, 76% of these Boomer
respondents are likely to travel on vacation during the next year.
I was heartened by these findings and think
these results speak volumes about who the Boomer Generation is and what it
values. Yes, we have been hard hit by
the economy. We’ve had to reduce spending
on non-essentials, but we obviously don’t regard vacations as non-essential. Spending time with our families and
extricating ourselves, even a bit, from the squeeze of stress is a priority of
ours. So, how can we be the responsible people we are and not have to take out
a second mortgage to afford a getaway? One
solution might be Homeexchange.com.
Last Thanksgiving my family and I vacationed
for a week in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico. We skied, hiked, dined, and
browsed our way through galleries filled with turquoise and terracotta pottery.
At least half of our week was spent beholding the beauty of the sage brushed
landscape and mountains from our floor to ceiling windows stretched across the
back of our vacation home. This three bedroom adobe style home perched on the
edge of a reservation was available to us at no cost.
romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet who exchange their Los
Angeles and rural England homes over the Christmas holiday inspired us to join
an online site called Home Exchange.com. We were able to trade our beach place
for the mountain house in Taos at no expense to either party. We have
successfully exchanged homes on five occasions. Rather than cramming five
people into two hotel rooms where we are forced to eat out every meal, we have
a kitchen, living room, and multiple bath and bedrooms at our disposal.
Financing a vacation may sound like a
luxury during times of economic distress like we are undergoing. Carving out
time from stress and schedules may not be a luxury but rather a necessity for
our psychic well being and that of our family.
A home exchange worked for us and might for you. Check it out at http://www.homeexchange.com/.