If you want to get away for a while and actually get away from other people, sometimes you have to pay for it.
Honestly, people pegging their vacations to the price of gasoline probably aren't getting that far away from the surge of summer vacationers. They'll be sitting in airport security lines three hours long while folks who travel enough to consider $85 and fingerprints for TSA Precheck a bargain just breeze by. According to TripAdvisor, 78% will spend as much on vacation as they did last year -- $8,600 -- while others will spend that much just to avoid being stacked on top of everyone else in a hotel.
No, they're going to be among the 38% going on more long trips. They might exceed Baby Boomers' average retirement-fueled travel budget of $10,600. However, while they might benefit from airfares that have decreased 10% since last summer, according to travel site Orbitz, they won't be impressed by hotel rates that have risen 17% during the same span. With roughly 80% of all U.S. summer travelers staying in the states, the haves will be spending their way away from the have-nots.
"Affordable airfare, low gas prices, and a strong hotel market are early indications this will be a busy summer travel season," said Orbitz Senior Editor Jeanenne Tornatore. "And with average vacation budgets under $1,500, travelers will be seeking out savings, which they'll find by booking packages and using hotel promotion codes."
With the summer vacation market flooded with frugal travelers, the folks at TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals kept an eye on the higher end of the accommodation spectrum and found ten vacation houses that are in a class of their own. They have enough amenities to let you relax, but a high enough weekly price tag to keep the rabble away:
10. The Jungle
Location:Miami Beach, Fla.
Weekly rate: $39,200
Miami Beach has many lures for vacation travelers, but subtlety isn't one of them.
If you're paying this price for a week's vacation, you want to live as if Dwyane Wade is going to stop over at any time to use the basketball court. You want to live as if Luke Campbell is going to pull up to the private dock at any moment and ask to use the place as a setting for a 2 Live Crew reunion video. You're going to want to be in a place where, if Shakira wants to borrow the piano, she can feel free to do so while you adjourn to the terrace.
This three-bedroom, six bathroom Venetian Islands villa known as The Jungle offers all of the above, a beige felt pool table, two outdoor wet bars, a fire pit, a hot tub, an interior bar with a custom marble top that can changes colors, Balinese stone floors, statues and a see-through wine cave. That weekly rate doesn't come with access to the neighbors, but it does afford you the ability to live like one of them -- if only for a few days.