The Best Winter Vacation Home Report 2018

Vacasa recently put out a list highlighting the Top U.S. Winter Destinations to Buy a Winter Home and I was surprised with the results! Getting away for the winter is a dream of mine, relaxing by a beach, staying warm in the sun, all of the things you can find in summer but during the winter. Oh how wonderful that would be. Working with travel agents, or real estate agents in finding the perfect spot in one of these amazing locations should probably make your new year’s resolution list.

In December home prices already are discounted, so maybe Santa should put a nice winter vacation home under the tree this year. Check out this great list and comment on which location you would love to get away to during these cold St. Louis winters.

The data collected and provided by Vacasa is an excellent way to explore some of the countries hidden gems when Jack Frost decides to come hang out around town. Why bother with slippery roads and fighting the defrost when you can work with one of the largest vacation rental property management companies in North America and find that dream winter vacation home.

Now, not all of these spots that made the list are free from Queen Elsa’s wintry grip, but even those are fascinating in their own regard. Such as my favorite #2 – Mount Hood, OR. It doesn’t sound too familiar but maybe the Timberline Lodge looks familiar when you visit, because it was featured in 1980’s Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining! I’m not exactly sure if it’s available for purchase, but why not check out room 237 when you drive by and see if there is anything interesting going on in there.

Honey, let’s get a winter vacation home…

Eventually, I find myself getting out of St. Louis for a few weekends out of the mid-west winter, maybe this is my push to start really considering it. Probably should clear that with St. Louis Mom first. I know she will love getting away from home for a nice winter vacation. Our vacations are usually during those summer months. We can get out on the water and soak up that sun. But maybe, just maybe we can get a little crazy and cozy somewhere like Colorado, or Utah… Baby, I’ll even put a pretty bow on it.

St. Louis Dad was compensated in exchange for this post.

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A Little Touch of Paradise – Cape San Blas Florida

Every year we try to go on some sort of vacation. Whether it’s a trip to the lake or somewhere else like Nashville for a bachelor party, we always like to at least do one “big” thing every year. This year that “big” thing was a trip to Cape San Blas Florida. We had gone a few years ago when my daughter turned 2, so it has been a while and upon our return we had one of the best vacations we have ever had.

Playing in the waves, boogie boarding, and riding the wet bike in the Gulf of Mexico were a few highlights on the Gulf side. On the bay side we tubed, rode wet bikes, paddle boarding, kayaking, and more! Plus the pool, hot tub, ice cream shops, and everything else in between. We had so much fun and we cannot wait to go back to one of our favorite vacation spots.

I want to thank my wife, my kids, and the rest of my amazing family for making this trip so special. I do think we all need a GoPro so we can get even more footage, especially with my new baby niece coming soon!

Check out my travel video from Cape San Blas Florida!

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Here’s How To Make The Most Of The Summer Vacation With The Kids

For working moms and dads the summer vacation is a precious time as it the one part of the year we get to spend with the kids. However, no matter how excited you are to spend some fun family time together the summer can get a tad stressful, especially if you aren’t prepared for it. Happily, you can get ready for summer with the little ones by following the advice in my post below.

Dress the part.

In the summer vacation, we want the weather to be as good as possible, as it means ice cream in the park, long hikes, and water fight in the backyard. However, it’s pretty important that we dress not just the kids right for the increase in heat, but ourselves as well.

Luckily, it’s not too tough for us dads to stay stylish and cool at the same time, as all we need to do is go to online stores like John Henric that stock summer clothes including those all-important swim shorts. Perfect for when you need to show the kids how it’s done when it comes to epic water fights!

Always have an emergency pack.

Summer often means a lot of time outdoors and away from home, and while this is exciting for the whole family, it can also increase the risk of accidents, emergencies, and being caught without the essentials you need.

Although, it is possible to avoid this is you pack an emergency bag to keep with you at all times. Such a kit should include drinks for the kids as well as sealed snacks that don’t need refrigeration.

It’s also a good idea to include some high factor sun cream and a small first aid kit with plasters and antiseptic cream in case of fall or grazes. Then even if the kids do end up taking a tumble, you will be able to treat them there and then and continue with your family fun.

Make the stay at home days fun.

While it is essential to go out and about with the kid in the summer, you will probably find that you still have plenty of time to enjoy at home as well. Of course, at home tend to be where the boredom sets in, so ensure they have lots of activities to keep them amused.

With this in mind,  be sure to stock up on coloring books and pencils, as well as outdoor toys like baseball and basketball sets. Paddling pools and water soakers are a good bet as well, as not in only are they lot of fun, but they also allow the kids to cool down in hot weather.

Plan some fun days.

Lastly, if you genuinely wish to enjoy your summer with the kids as well as survive it is essential to plan in lots of fun days. For a good mix, schedule in some adventures that are closer to home like the St Louis Arch is for us, as well as local farms, parks, and museums.

Then, on a few occasions in the summer vacation plan some more elaborate trips perhaps with a night or two away. Something that will provide a change of scene for the whole family and make sure that everyone will enjoy the summer as much as possible.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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A Fun Family Break In Malaysia

If you fancy a summer trip to Asia this year, Malaysia should definitely be your first choice. It is a stunning county in the heart of Asia with a wealth of amazing places to see. Here is the top place to see on your trip to this wonderful country.

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1. Singapore

Singapore is a place full to the brim with a thriving atmosphere, English speaking folk and some amazing technologies. You can stay at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore or in a Condo in the middle of the city and enjoy making friends with the local people, enjoying some amazing fusion food, and seeing stunning views over the skyline.

2. Kuala Lumpur

Centered with the spires of Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful place to visit with your family which offers a great atmosphere packed with fresh markets and wonderful entertainment. The city of Bukit Bintang offers some amazing entertainment all year round and the sense of community you will feel as soon as you enter is amazing.

3. Malacca

If you enjoy looking at historical architecture and traveling back in time to simpler times, a trip to Malacca would be the best place to visit. It is full of bright red churches and stunning buildings which set this place up as a cultural hotspot. There are many places to learn about history in this part of the country, including a museum where you can learn about maritime.

4. Penang

If you love Penang curry, there is no better place to come so that you can taste the real thing first hand. In Penang, there is a city called George Town which is a UNESCO world heritage site and demonstrates all of its British histories. It also features a wealth of amazing food to try, as well as both Indian and Chinese fusion foods. It is a great place to visit to enjoy the historical nature of Malaysia.

5. Gunung Mulu National Park

If you love going on an adventure and fancy getting away from the cities and towns for a while during your stay, you can head on over to Gunung Mulu National Park and enjoy the fresh air as you climb through the ridges and forests. It is a stunning place filled with natural wonder and you will have plenty of Instagram opportunities to enjoy. Trek through rainforests and hike the mountains until you can reach the summit and stare out over the top of the world. It is a magical place to be and it is a place you should definitely visit during your trip.

6. Langkawi

For a relaxing retreat by the sea, you can take a visit to Langkawi and enjoy crisp white beaches, rippling waters and lots of fun seaside activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. You can try some fun watersports on the beach, go scuba diving in coral reefs, and finish of the day in one of the 5-Star hotels, eating amazing food as you look over the horizon and see the sunset.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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