Benefits of Buying a Holiday Home - A holiday home can change your life
Words by Val Chapman
Do you feel entrenched in routine? Do you watch television just because you’d otherwise be bored? Do you take too little exercise? Do you feel you don’t spend enough time talking as a family? And do you not create enough time for just chatting with your partner?
We can all identify with some of those things. For me, it’s not making enough time for exercise; that’s because I spend almost all of the working week sitting at a desk.
Lifestyle habits evolve for us all – and sometimes they don’t paint a very positive picture. There is one way you can change those habits, though, with a huge and very exciting decision. OK, it’s going to cost you money. But just think of the rewards you’ll reap for years to come. I’m talking about buying a holiday home, of course.
In one leap you will change your lifestyle and that of your family around you.
Think of it this way: at weekends you can be in a different region, with different things around you to do. You can make a clear distinction between work lifestyle and leisure lifestyle.
Choose a location for your holiday home where opportunities for cycling, golf, beach walks, hill walking and swimming, perhaps, are on your doorstep and you might cure the lack of exercise problem totally.
Pick a park where there’s a gym, perhaps; you may not have time during the week for gym sessions – or may not make time – but if you are in a leisure environment, the idea is going to be more appealing. And, take it from me, gyms on holiday parks tend to have a much less intense atmosphere than those in urban environments, so going there is actually more enjoyable.
Do you want more reasons for buying a holiday home? Try this: how many times do you go out for a day from home? I mean a proper day out, exploring, walking, visiting a stately home, taking the family to a big-treat attraction? We are all guilty of finding reasons why we don’t have time for days out, be it gardening, painting (the house, I mean), or house cleaning.
OK, those things have to be done but it’s possible to keep them in their place in your lifestyle and not allow them to rule your off-work time. And now that the days are longer and warmer and summer is around the corner, it’s easy to picture yourselves in your own home from home haven, dipping in and out of sitting in the sun, picking up a book (how often do you do that at home?) or planning the afternoon’s walking route.
Switch off, relax, forget compulsively checking for new emails. Forget what might be on television tonight. You can get it on catch-up if you find something else to do – like going for a walk or a swim. (Pick a park that has a pool and you can do that every day that you are at your holiday home!)
However, you look at it, owning a holiday home opens up a whole new way of making the best use of leisure time. Not just for those of us who would benefit from a two-dimensional life which enables an escape from work-week routine. But for people who are contemplating a sea change in their lives – retirement.
Just imagine if you could spend loads of time in your favourite place; a place where you’ve had happy holidays, perhaps. And then return home, refreshed and ready to tackle the gardening, cleaning and maintenance chores. Get them done and out of the way so that you can make time to spend quality time at your holiday home.
Whatever stage you are at in life, from the young-children years to the more mature era when the work-leisure balance may alter, investing in a holiday home will change your life. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Yes, you can spend as much and more as you would on a house, and get a super-lodge with a sea view on a park with everything you could wish for around you. Or, you could go for a pre-owned holiday home on a park with fewer facilities, so the annual fee for your pitch is less. Whatever your preference, or your budget, there are holiday homes out there for you.
We’ve picked out images of some holiday homes in a wide span of budget brackets on this page to get you thinking. Take a look at the images, picture yourself relaxing, cooking, eating in these homes – and more that you see on other pages of this magazine. Imagine – this could be your base for your new leisure lifestyle; the purchase to change your life.
Whitehill Country Park