4 Affordable Places To Buy a Vacation Home in Florida

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Florida is one of the most popular places to go on vacation in the U.S. According to Visit Florida, The Sunshine State saw 137.6 million visitors in 2022, up 12.9% from 2021 and up 5% from its previous record in 2019.

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For those who can afford it and know they will enjoy the environment on a frequent basis, buying a vacation home in Florida can be a wise investment. Plus, it’s an excellent state for retirees (no state taxes!), so if you decide to relocate there in your golden years, your vacation home could potentially transform into your permanent abode.

A new survey by GOBankingRates found that 22% of respondents choose Florida as their vacation home spot, making it the most popular location for this investment.

Where are the most affordable places to buy a vacation home in Florida? Let’s explore.

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Fort Myers

Fort Myers’ white sand beaches and safe neighborhoods are a Floridian treasure. Its beauty doesn’t come cheaply; according to PayScale, Fort Myers’ cost of living is 9% higher than the national average. Home values are climbing here — up 1.8% year over year, according to Zillow.

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Cape Coral

Its hip scene and friendly community make Cape Coral a lovely place to vacation — and it’s very close to Fort Myers. The cost of living here is steep — 9% higher than the national average, according to PayScale, but home prices have been ticking down. According to Zillow, they’re down 5.2%

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But is this new fad here to stay? With cheap flights to the continent available once more, people have already begun to enjoy city breaks, weekends away and family getaways. This demand is constantly growing, which has left British hoteliers almost exactly where they were before the pandemic. So what are the downsides to an at-home holiday? And could these really be a dealbreaker for holidaymakers?

 

British holidays are expensive; let’s face it. Once you’ve paid for the fuel/ public transport and taxis to get you to the opposite end of the nation, you’ve exhausted yourself and your pockets as much as a trip to the airport would. As we also tend to spend more time indoors in cooler climes, property costs a fair bit more than anticipated at home too. And what to do with your time? Without waterparks and white-sand beaches, you can tour the local villages and natural attractions before ending back at your accommodation for 4pm; unless, of course , you want to pay for an unexpectedly expensive meal out as well. Oh, and did I mention? It will probably rain a bit…

 

Yet what  could the government do to incentivise staying in the UK? An increase in the taxes placed on international travel, or maybe reduced VAT for domestic holidays would, of course, be beneficial, but the real issue lies with what we, as consumers and holidaymakers, want from a break. After being cooped up in often stifling office and academic environments all year, we immediately think of a summer spent basking on a sun lounger. But what if we altered this expectation?

 

Although COVID was initially the ultimate reason for staying close to home, many have also considered the environmental struggle of whether or not to take an aeroplane. A flight from London to

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5 simple date ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day


KARACHI:

It’s Valentine’s Day and people are rushing to find the ideal way to celebrate and appreciate their loved ones. Going on a date is regarded as one of the best ways to spend the special occasion! While a fancy dinner at Cafe Aylanto may be a perfect date night for some, for others a peaceful walk in the park, away from all judgmental stares would suffice for an unforgettable getaway.

In the end, this day is all about cherishing the people around you. So, to help you out, we have compiled five affordable and simple date ideas.

1. The five-in-one plan

Rather than spending a bulk of cash on a single fancy dinner, it’s better to spend the entire day with your beloved. Here’s the vision: you plan out a lovely picnic, meet your beau at a nearby park and sit under the gentle breeze all evening. But, that’s not all! On this date, you can later go home and watch a movie together while ordering or cooking dinner. The idea is to do activities that both of you enjoy together.

If you’re a foodie couple, this plan is bound to appeal to both of you. We also recommend parks that are less crowded and have more privacy. In the modern era, if spending time at home isn’t feasible, then the recent introduction of Air BnBs is your second-best choice.

2. The Millennial love

Word has it that some couples fancy playing games together! Well, for all the arcade lovers, we recommend any of these spots: Sindhbad Wonderland, Gameplex, Warriors Gaming Lounge and GENZ Gaming Zone in Karachi.

For outdoorsy adventurers, the best places to hang out are Bahria Adventureland Theme Park and Chunky Monkey. Even though these options might not be reasonable to everyone, they are

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