Portsmouth, NH—August 21, 2009—President Obama is among the travel trend-setters. This month, the Obama family will be vacationing at a private home on Martha's Vineyard, yet it is estimated that only 15-20% of U.S. travelers have rented a vacation home for a seasonal escape.
"Villa vacationing is a wonderful option every traveler should experience," says Mike Thiel, Founder and President of Hideaways International, Inc. (www.Hideaways.com) and author of Villa Vacations Made Easy, one of the first guides to vacation home renting. According to Thiel, private home rentals have unique attributes hotels and resorts just can't duplicate, like:
1. Elbow room
3. A local experience
4. A family-friendly atmosphere
5. A pet-friendly atmosphere
6. All the conveniences and comforts of home
In this economy, a villa vacation's affordability makes it an even smarter choice than usual. Per night per room, vacation homes are usually less expensive than a hotel room or suite in the same destination. "I doubt the Obama family took cost savings into account in making their vacation choice," says Thiel, "but there's no reason the rest of us shouldn't." Renting a vacation home is often so affordable, you can bring along a babysitter, and a staffed, private luxury home in the Caribbean or Mexico with cook and housekeeper could run you as little as $300 a night.
"In the middle of a rather heated health care debate, I think it's safe to say President Obama really needs a genuine getaway," says Thiel. "That he picked a villa vacation speaks volumes to a vacation home's unique attributes. And, hopefully, with the President's grass-roots popularity and influence, more every-day travelers will now be saying: Yes we can . . . vacation in a villa."
About Mike Thiel—"Mr. Villa Vacations"
Mike Thiel founded Hideaways International in 1979 because he couldn't find vacation homes to rent for his own family. Over the past three decades, www.Hideaways.com and the company's in-house, boutique travel agency have become preeminent resources for villa vacations. Travel guru Arthur Frommer even dubbed Thiel "Mr. Villa Vacations" for his role in popularizing and improving access to this style of vacationing, and Thiel has been a sought-after guest on radio and television news and talk shows across the country.
For more information on vacation home renting and to arrange an interview with Mike Thiel, contact Gail Richard at 603-430-4433 x112 or email@example.com.
About Hideaways International
Hideaways International, Inc., which operates the Hideaways Aficionado Club, has been seeking the best-of-kind and the out-of-the-ordinary for its savvy, discerning, and well-traveled members for more than three decades. Members, who live around the world, range from notable celebrities, musicians, publishers, authors, captains of industry, and politicians to ordinary folks with extraordinary taste. All are part of this lively community with a passion for travel away from the madding crowds.
For more information on Hideaways International and becoming a member of the Hideaways Aficionado Club, visit www.Hideaways.com or contact Gail Richard at 603-430-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.