4 Self-Care Vacation Ideas for Travelers With Chronic Illnesses

4 Self-Care Vacation Ideas for Travelers With Chronic Illnesses

Are you living with a chronic illness? If so, you might feel like you never have enough time to truly relax. Working and managing your household with a chronic illness isn’t easy, and you deserve to treat yourself. A good place to start is by planning a trip, and today, Eileen Kedersha shares some great suggestions for cities you can visit to help you relax and recharge.


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Houston, TX

 When you think of destinations where you can put your feet up and unwind, Houston might not be the first place that comes to mind. But this large city in Texas is a surprisingly fun spot for a self-care vacation! Tour Scanner recommends indulging on a food tour, planning a day in Hermann Park, and taking a trip over to Galveston Island to get your toes in the sand. With so many things to do, you might just daydream about relocating here, and if you do, you’ll have a wide range of vibrant neighborhoods to choose from! Photo

In addition to these relaxing self-care activities, there are plenty of other things to do in Houston. Thankfully, it’s fairly simple to find affordably priced tickets online to any event you might like. Just enter your preferred date, your price range, and the seat rating you’d prefer. Not sure where you’d like to sit? Use an online ticket sales platform that provides an interactive seating chart with the option for 360-degree views.

New York City, NY

 Plenty of tourists flock to New York City every year, but there’s a good reason for it: New York is an excellent travel destination! If you’re a baseball fan and want to see the Yankees play, then there are great tickets to be had. You can also seek out tickets for your favorite Broadway show, dine at a fine restaurant, spend an afternoon at a spa, or a day in Central Park. NYC has something for every traveler.

 Orlando, FL

 If you have a trip to the Sunshine State in mind, don’t hesitate to book a trip to Orlando, Florida. Sometimes, days full of sunshine are exactly what you need! With the many theme parks and world-class cuisine, you’re sure to leave feeling rejuvenated. And if you want to feel like a kid again, spending time at Disney World is a must. Fortunately there are sites online that offer deals and discounts on everything related to Disney, from tickets to accommodations. Mouse Life Today is a wonderful resource for these and more, including tourist news and a rewards program.

 Nantucket, MA

Want to check out a beautiful corner of New England? The island of Nantucket in Massachusetts might be your perfect destination! You can go whale watching, walk along the scenic Sconset Bluff Walk, and go stargazing! If you ever choose to settle down in Nantucket, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of downtown, and then head out to more remote areas to truly appreciate the island’s natural beauty. It’s a lovely place where you can cultivate an enduring sense of balance in your life.

This is also the sort of destination where you can bring your dog with you as a traveling companion! That’s a great way to make the most of your trip. Just make sure you bring everything they’ll need, from toys to healthy food. Regarding the latter, try this air dried beef dog food to keep your fur-buddy healthy and active.

When you have a chronic illness, you may need more downtime to truly recharge. By planning a vacation and taking time away from work, Forbes notes that you can finally leave your stress behind. With these suggestions, you’ll be able to plan your ideal self-care getaway!

Eileen Kedersha is a full time Business and Real Estate professional for over twenty years. As a Professional Realtor, my qualifications and experience will make your buying or selling experience effective and efficient. Call 954-462-3600.

A Resource Guide to Renting Out Property in Fort Lauderdale

A Resource Guide to Renting Out Property in Fort Lauderdale  Photo via Pixabay

Article Written by Brittany Fisher http://financiallywell.info/

If you own property in Fort Lauderdale that isn’t being used or if you’ve always dreamed of renting out a vacation home in order to earn money throughout the year, there’s no time like the present! Many Americans are ready to invest in their futures, and a great way to do that is to turn a house into a moneymaker. After you’ve found your perfect Fort Lauderdale property with the help of Eileen Kedersha with Sotheby’s International Realty, there are a few things you’ll need to get started, such as resources for finding renters or for getting the property into shape. This guide will allow you to do the job right the first time.


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Buying a Vacation Rental, Read this First!

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Vacation Rental

While the vacation rental industry is no longer the new kid on the block, it continues to grow at a steady pace with vacation rentals expected to surpass hotels in 2020. It’s not too late to start earning money in the vacation rental marketplace, but before buying a vacation rental property, there are a few things you need to know about finding and buying short-term rentals.

Why do you want to buy a vacation rental?

There are two main reasons people buy vacation rentals:

  1. To generate profit.
  2. To subsidize a vacation home.

Your reason for buying a vacation rental has a big impact on your approach. While investment buyers are looking for the property that offers the most for their money, second-home owners need to balance price and rentability with their own list of wants.

Buying for investment

Investment buyers should carefully assess an area’s affordability before purchasing a vacation property. However, when it comes to real estate investing, affordability is relative

While popular travel destinations like Fort Lauderdale have high home prices (see graph) — the median Home Value & Sales Price in Fort Lauderdale — they also command higher rents. According to data from Evolve, Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals average a daily rate of $92 in the high season, with larger rentals coming in as high as $531 nightly. Investors should use neighborhood-level data to calculate a property’s cash flow potential before buying.


Buyers in search of a vacation home have a different set of priorities. Second-home buyers need

properties that they can comfortably afford with or without rental income. Staying within budget is especially important for these buyers because personal use during the high season limits the property’s earning potential. Nonetheless, it’s important for second-home buyers to consider a property’s appeal if renting is part of their plan. While a quiet residential neighborhood may be a lovely place to retreat, it may not attract the rental traffic you’re after.

Should you buy a fixer-upper?

Buying properties that need work is a smart strategy for investment buyers who have the capital and flexibility to renovate a property before listing on vacation rental marketplaces. As long as a property is structurally sound and doesn’t require cost-prohibitive repairs, it only takes a few cosmetic fixes to convert a fixer-upper into a desirable vacation rental.

Second-home buyers, on the other hand, tend to live too far away to oversee renovations. And while DIY might sound appealing to budget-conscious buyers, no one wants to spend their vacation remodeling a kitchen. In this case, it’s most prudent to buy a turnkey property.

What makes a great vacation rental?

Besides a top-notch location, what should buyers look for in a vacation rental? These are signs that a property would make a good vacation rental:

  • A low-maintenance exterior. While beautiful, maintaining expansive grounds is a major expense (lawn care services in Fort Lauderdale average $65 per visit). Look for properties that have a livable, but small outdoor space.
  • Open floor plans for easy entertaining and accessibility.
  • The right number of bedrooms and bathrooms. If marketing a multi-bedroom property to groups, make sure it has enough bathrooms to keep everyone comfortable. Avoid properties with exceedingly small bedrooms.
  • Air conditioning. A stuffy property is a guaranteed way to get bad reviews. Avoid properties without air conditioning or that only have a window unit.
  • Parking is important to guests, and they’ll pay more to get it.

Finally, make sure the law is on your side before investing in a vacation rental. While the vacation rental industry continues to boom, some areas are cracking down on short-term rentals and making it harder for buyers to keep their properties booked. Understand local codes regarding short-term rentals and comply with licenses and taxes to keep your property legal. When it comes to running a profitable vacation rental, it pays to do it right.

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Eileen Kedersha, Broker Associate One Sotheby’s International Realty – Kedersha Group 954-561-4100 EKedersha@OneSothebysRealty.com