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Staycations grow in popularity-Tampa, Florida

St. Pete Beach, Florida

St. Pete Beach, Florida

A girlfriend of mine came down from Atlanta a few weeks ago and we wound up staying a couple nights at the Tradewinds Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach.   We thought, “oh good, we will have some rest and relaxation” after all it’s August in Florida so the beaches won’t be packed.

Having lived here almost my whole life I’m definetly noticing something is odd with this picture. There’s people everywhere, traffic is almost as bad as spring break, and when we called around most of the hotels were booked!

We are on the elevator and I briefly mentioned to the guy next to us how busy things were, since he said he was from Florida as well.  He said he decided to go on a staycation.  What’s that I ask?  Where did you hear about it?  Apparently it was on the news and now the latest rage.

Not only has the price of gas gone up; but the Real Estate Industry in Florida has had a huge impact on how much money people are spending locally.

Wikipedia defines the word Staycation:

A staycation (or stay-cation, or stacation) is a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions. Staycations have achieved high popularity in current hard economic times in which unemployment levels and gas prices are high.

Looks like the Floridians decided to stay home this summer.  That would explain why Realtors I know in North Carolina say it’s a ghost town, when it should be the busiest time of the year.  

Here’s a news article on how you can save money on your staycation vacation!

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Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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