The thought of a vacation is eternal bliss for some. Vacations are a way to escape the stress of daily activities and to explore new horizons. However, in some cases vacations are simply going to a home away from home. Vacation homes have become increasingly popular overtime. These homes are used for many purposes, but primarily as a second home. Now the question is, where would you want your second home to be?Vacationers tend to visit places with tolerable climates, aesthetically pleasing scenery, as well as areas that offer amenities and services to vacationing crowds. A good place to start when considering a location for this type of home is researching regional climates that cater to your preference as well as distance. A lot of times people take trips to places that have everything they could ask for, but the climate and weather restrict them from taking advantage of those perks. A reason to factor in weather and climate would be for the maintenance of the home. A property that is located in a region known for frigid winters, an owner should be concerned of freezing pipes and how to go about preventing that event from happening. Or in an area that experiences humid summers, an owner should probably be concerned about mold and mildew developing in the home. Distance will also play a major factor. A vacation home should not be so far away that it costs an arm and a leg to get there. Remember, not only are you already paying for a second home, the cost of transportation to your new house should not equal that of a far out vacation. Another role that distance plays in making your decision, would be being able to check on the condition of the home and how frequently you can visit.Nothing would be worse than showing up to your vacation property to find out that it has been flooded by storms or even worst, burglarized. Having a vacation home within a reasonable distance can offer more security for the property and can serve as a venue for hosting events. Now, depending on personal preferences scenery would definitely be part of the equation. More of the luxurious vacation properties are in areas that are close to or in the mountains or on beach or lake fronts. These particular landscapes add to the mystique of the property and, more importantly, the property value. These features also offer recreational activities such as water activities, hiking and exploring. Regardless of the actual location of your new house, make a checklist and be sure to factor in the intangibles you would like your vacation home to offer. One last thing I would like to mention is an increasing trend with vacation homes, which is people turning their vacation homes into retirement homes. So a rule of thumb when choosing a location for a vacation home would be to choose a location that you would also consider for a retirement home.