For some reason, I find myself in Florida time and time again. I don’t particularly like Florida, but there you have it. I’ve seen very little of the USA, other than Florida and New York City. And yet I keep returning, again and again.
I guess mainly they’re gateway destinations for we Canadians. Flights to Florida are cheap as hell, and the same goes for New York City. For Newfoundlanders, finding affordable flights is often hard work.
My second trip to Florida was my favourite, however. For one, I wasn’t alone. Secondly, I was being treated to a media trip with Global Resort Homes, and I was hanging out with some really awesome mommy bloggers. (They partied way harder than I did, seriously.) It’s a company that hires out luxury homes in Florida, making the process clean, straightforward, and easy.
From our vacation home, we were able to explore the nearby Kissimmee area, and Orlando. I kinda despise Disneyland, if I’m being honest, but we happened to be there for the Food and Wine Festival. I’m a big fan of food and wine.
And as it turns out, Global Resort Homes is an epic way to plan an ultimate girlfriend getaway…even if you hardly know those girls.
1. It’s affordable
Global Resort Homes is perfect for when you’re travelling with large groups, like families or girlfriends. You can find three bedroom homes starting at $150 USD, for example, making it about $50/night for one person (and even cheaper if you cram couples into three bedrooms). That’s the equivalent of staying in some hostels.
Plus you get lots of parking space. WIN.
2. The homes are DA BOMB
Our home was one of the nicest places I have ever stayed in, and it’s hard to believe that someone actually LIVES there for part of the year. Like, someone owns that place. I own a laptop and a Fitbit.
My room was plush, clean, and gorgeous. Not to mention THE SWIMMING POOL. GAHHH. AND A HOT TUB.
3. You have tons of freedom
What I loved about our vacation home was that we could take some time to chill out whenever we wanted. Plus the house was MASSIVE, so finding some quiet, alone time was not a problem in the slightest. It’s pretty much like you’ve taken your house and dumped it in the middle of a nice, hot sunny destination.
And there’s tons of kitchen space. In other words, lots of room for wine.
4. You can save money by cooking at home
We actually hired a chef to come in and cook for us, and it didn’t cost an arm and leg. In fact, it was cheaper than going out somewhere to eat. So we sat around the living room drinking wine (wine is definitely a theme here) and absorbed the sweet smell of a barbecue while our chef happily took over the kitchen and we applauded her efforts from the couch.
5. You’re in the middle of it all
As part of the Kissimmee experience, we spent a lot of time exploring the area. We went to Gatorland, and ate out a lot, and roamed around Celebration, and took an airboat ride through the Everglades. Then there was easy access to Disneyland, and the other theme parks. We went on a food and wine crawl, drank a lot, had a blast.
I’m still not ENTIRELY in love with Florida. It’s a little tooooo family-friendly for me. But with the right people, it makes all the difference.