Category Archives: Travel

So…You Want to Buy a Cottage!?

A cottage by the water with a gray dock.
Whether in the mountains or by the water, there are fabulous cottage options available for those looking for a seasonal home!

Seasonal homes are known by many different names, and the names often vary depending upon location. You may hear them called camps, cottages, beach houses, cabins, or chalets. Many are located near the water, but sometimes they are secluded in the woods or in the mountains. No matter what we name them, these properties call to us and remind us of the carefree holidays of our youth. Seasonal homes are the root of fond memories that include days on a beach and in the water, and evenings by a campfire, roasting marshmallows, telling stories, and eating s’mores.

Nonetheless, buying a vacation home is not for the faint of heart. It is important to do your research before deciding to make an investment. Read on for some considerations when searching for the perfect cottage.

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How to Find Your Perfect Vacation Home

a vacation home on the coast overlooking the ocean

As vaccines continue to roll out and a light appears at the end of the pandemic tunnel, many people are giving themselves permission to imagine their post COVID-19 lives. For some, this means planning wonderful vacations and time away. For others, it’s looking for a new spot to call home, even if only for a few weekends a year. Regardless, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the getaways you have been dreaming about!

There are few better ways to ensure vacations are accessible on your terms than buying a vacation home. Here’s a look at what you need to know to find the perfect property.

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Finding the perfect hammock for summer relaxation

With the right hammock, your outdoor space can become a relaxing retreat!

There is nothing like enjoying a summer breeze on a beautiful day. So, why not relax in a hammock? They do not require any special skills or tools to set up and come in a lot of different styles and colors. Plus, they are environmentally friendly. However, we have all seen the hammock disaster videos online, and you may find yourself apprehensive to try out this classic summer trend. Do not worry! Setting up and enjoying a hammock is a lot easier than it seems. Read on for tips to help you select and hang your perfect hammock for summer-long relaxation.

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Pet safety: Summer fun with your furry friends

woman and golden retriever running down the beach
Spend some time enjoying the beautiful summer days with your best furry friend.

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, it’s easy to get excited about all the fun activities to explore throughout the summer months! With many restrictions lifted, there are more and more opportunities to get out compared to last year. As we are sure is true for many of you, spending time outdoors or on the road with your furry best friend sounds incredible. So, as you ditch your jeans for shorts and coats for swimsuits, here are ways to enjoy the season and keep your pets safe in the summer.

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pool safety best practices for a fun summer

Pool with 2 life preserver rings and summer pool safety text

Enjoying the cool splash of a swimming pool is one of the best feelings one could have during a heat wave, especially in the summer season. But the pleasure of the swimming pool comes with risks. To ensure your safety and the safety of the people around you, check out our tips and pool safety best practices for a fun summer.

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Best Apps to Get to Know Your New City

Navigating a new city is hard. Moving is one of the most stressful things a person will do in their life. Luckily, our phones make the transition a little easier by having a plethora of apps to download in order to thrive in your new home.

Apps to meet new people

We are social animals. We need people – simple as that. Making friends in your new city will be one of the first things you’ll want to do, and these apps make it so easy to connect with new people!

Meetup

Don’t just stay at home every night binging your latest TV addiction. Get out there and meet like minded people! Meetup makes it easy to do that. Whatever your interests are, Meetup most likely has a group for it. Whether you’re into running and want to train for a local race, a reader looking for a book club or an outdoorsman looking for people to hike with, Meetup has kindred spirits just waiting for you.

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Is a Tiny Home Right for You?

Tiny homes are taking over the nation but are they right for you? If you think the answer is yes, there’s a lot to consider before making the big decision, because tiny homes, though they seem simple…may not be for everyone.

It’s important to go over all the pros and cons of living in a tiny home, because there are likely things that you haven’t even considered. Sure, a tiny house means spending less money. It also means less space and storage, and those may be two things that you find hard to live without. But first, before looking at pros and cons, what exactly is a tiny home? 

What are tiny houses?

A tiny house is exactly what it sounds like – a house that is tiny. Specifically, it’s a house that is generally 400 square feet or less that offers a non-conventional way of living. They’re small, simple, may or may not be mobile and for anyone that wants to live a simple life. Not only are they small, but they save a lot of money and are usually much more eco-friendly, which is why they have been getting so much interest. 

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Coping With Moving Away Before the Holidays

If you’ve just moved over the summer or right before the holiday season starts, it can be hard to cope with your first holidays being away from family and your hometown. But there are some things you can do to help ease the pain of being far from family during the holiday season. Here are some tips for creating lasting memories and making the holidays enjoyable even after a big move.

If you can’t visit…

Start your own traditions:

If you’re unable to visit your extended family after the big move, you can start your own traditions within your own family. Whether it’s creating a new Thanksgiving recipe, looking for amazing Christmas light displays in your new neighborhood, or getting the kids involved with decorating your home home, there are plenty of new traditions you can start.

Have a virtual visit:

You can also have a virtual visit with the rest of your family members. If everyone gets together for a big holiday party, or if you’re apart from someone you love for the first time, offer to have a phone or video call to make the distance feel less drastic. You’d be surprised just how much better you may feel getting to chat (even if it’s brief) with the ones you miss the most during what’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.

If you can visit…

Make your attendance the gift:

If you’re able to visit but money is tight (as it typically can be during the holidays), make your attendance during the holidays the gift you’re giving to your family. Flights and gas can be expensive, and holiday travel can be draining, especially if you and your spouse have children to take care of. So go home for the holidays, but don’t worry about the expense of holiday gifts on top of the visit.

Switch off every other year:

After a big move, it can be overwhelming to think of traveling every holiday season. So you and your extended family can work out a schedule to switch off visiting each other every year. Maybe your parents or other extended family can visit you for your first holiday season in your new home, and you can travel to them the following year, or vise versa. Establishing this schedule can also allow you to look forward to the holidays instead of dreading them.

Overall, consider this a fresh start.

The holiday season can be a fresh start for all of us. So remember that your first holidays in your new home may be hard to cope with, exciting, or a full range of emotions in between, but they are also a time for togetherness and remembering what’s most important. And no matter what, the new year is just around the corner.

EXEC Travel: Staycation Guide to Kansas City

With back-to-school season upon us, we’re putting together some fun staycation guides for you and your loved ones so you can enjoy some fun and relaxation in your hometown without needing to plan an entire vacation. Here are some ideas for what to see, do and eat in Kansas City for the perfect local staycation.

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EXEC Travel: Moving to the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are a great place to visit and an even better place to live. From affordable housing to outdoor activities and excellent school districts, the Great Lakes region of the U.S. offers so much that there is no reason not to consider these states when looking to purchase a home. Here’s what makes the Great Lakes so special (and why you should move there, too).

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