5 reasons to spend X-mas and New Year’s Eve in a vacation home + latest booking trends for the holidays
Soon it will be that time again and the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner. The smell of Christmas cookies and mulled wine, Christmas decorations and melodies – people are looking forward to celebrating the festival of love and hope together again. Belvilla, one of the leading vacation home rental companies in Europe, is already seeing its 27% increase in bookings for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Austria compared to last year at the same time and even 25% higher than in 2019 at this time. A large part of this increase is due to tourists from the Netherlands and Belgium, while domestic tourists are still very hesitant. Germans and Dutch guests make up the majority of Belvilla guests in Austria during this period. Particularly popular, as every year at this time, are Tirol and Salzburger Land. An interesting trend is group stays with several adults with and without children. More than half of Belvilla’s Christmas bookings in Austria this year are made by such groups.
5 reasons to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a vacation home instead of staying at home
Someone always has the job
There is always that one person who makes the Christmas holidays special for everyone else. She spends hours in the kitchen cooking holiday meals and baking Christmas cookies, making decorations and setting the table. In a vacation home, the often entrenched structures are broken because here you are both guest and host. You cook and bake, decorate and create a festive atmosphere together. In the new environment, the joint preparations become a relaxed new experience for young and old.
Who doesn’t know this: while the others are already having their second glass of wine and the mood is clearly rising, you yourself are sipping from a glass of water, because someone has to drive the car. However, if you spend your time together over the holidays in a vacation home, none of the guests have to drive, because the bedroom is only a few meters away.
The Day After
Whether it’s after a fun New Year’s Eve or Christmas party, it’s an incredibly nice feeling to see the same faces the next morning, continue celebrating and spending time together. It’s a way to turn a memorable evening into an unforgettable weekend or even an entire week.
When you give children a gift, the best feeling is seeing them play with it. In a vacation home grandparents, aunt or uncle can see how much joy the children have with the given things and maybe even play with them.
Quality time together
Christmas and New Year’s Eve can often be stressful, but in a vacation home, where everyone helps out and time-honored structures are broken down, you can spend easy, relaxed “Quality Time” with your family. Whether that’s snowshoe-ing, skiing, tobogganing or you’d rather spend a day at the spa, there’s something for everyone.
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